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Enlighten Your Research BELLA: Boosting International Research Cooperation with RedCLARA & GÉANT

Enlighten Your Research BELLA: Boosting International Research Cooperation with RedCLARA & GÉANT

Now accepting submissions for the Enlighten Your Research BELLA (EYR-BELLA) programme – Deadline is 00:00 UTC on Friday, 1 December 2021.

Are you interested in incorporating open science platforms, high performance computing, data storage data transfer tools, and/or trust and identity services into your research process?

Are you a researcher in Latin America collaborating with European research institutions or European universities? Are you a European researcher collaborating with research institutions in Latin America? Or are you a Latin American researcher collaborating with research institutions or universities in at least one another Latin American country?

We invite you to submit a support request proposal to the Enlighten Your Research BELLA programme focusing on collaborations between Latin America and Europe, called EYR-BELLA, whether already in implementation or planned.

Enlighten Your Research (EYR) is a programme designed to increase the use and awareness of e-infrastructure resources in various fields of research. The goal of EYR-BELLA is to provide access and support for network, compute, storage and trust and identity resources to meet the growing data and collaboration needs of research. It also aims to inspire new and understand existing collaborations between Latin America and Europe.

This programme is organised by two of the world’s leading regional research and education networks the world, RedCLARA and GÉANT, to foster international collaborations and to accelerate the research and discovery process. It also enjoys the support of National Research and Education Networks in Latin

America and Europe. To further promote the benefits of data communications networks to researchers through this international programme, we invite researchers to stretch the boundaries of their science and collaborate with other countries through experiments, data exchanges and collaborations enabled by the research and education network infrastructure, services and support.

Who are we looking for?

All researchers from any discipline are invited to submit. Proposals in the following areas especially welcome:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Climate research
  • Cyber-security
  • Earth sciences
  • eHealth, medicine and telemedicine

The programme is open to all ranges of research teams - from novice to expert in the use of information technology - to support their projects.

We kindly ask you to submit a proposal if you are a researcher who:

  1. Is collaborating or aims to collaborate in a joint research project with Latin American and European researchers, or with Latin American researchers in a minimum of two Latin American countries;
  2. Requires access to advanced networks and compute and data storage facilities, including cloud services;
  3. Can benefit from collaboration with engineers and (support) experts to improve your research workflow.

How can you submit?

The submission for an EYR-BELLA support request proposal is light-weight and will close at 00:00 (midnight) on Friday, 1 December 2021.

The support request proposal is submitted electronically by answering a series of questions relating to the project, including its scientific domain and the project partners, and your support needs (e.g. network services, computing, storage and data, trust and identify, security) in an online form. Support request applications can be made in English, Portuguese or Spanish:




If your project proposal is accepted, the EYR-BELLA Programme Team will hold a videoconference with you and your project team to agree on the details of the support to be provided. In this videoconference we will ask you to give a presentation telling us about your project and your support requirements.

What are the benefits?

Example infrastructure services, resources and support that are made available through EYR-BELLA include (but are not limited to):

  • Network services for resource-demanding research projects and long-distance collaboration and connectivity troubleshooting.
  • High Performance Computing (HPC) resources, for instance in collaboration with SCALAC or other similar initiatives.
  • Technical guidance or support for identity services deployments (IdP, integration into national Identity Federations, etc.)
  • Technical Research Engagement support

Depending on their needs, the final selected projects for EYR-BELLA will receive support in one or more of the following areas for period of up to one year:

  • Connections to e-infrastructure resources in Europe and Latin America through collaborations with universities and research institutes.
  • Support and advice on the use of network services and end-to-end network connectivity.
  • Support and advice on the deployment and use of trust and identity services to enable improved access to collaboration services and tools.
  • The chance to present the project at TICAL2022.

If your final proposal is selected for the EYR-BELLA programme, a representative of the Latin American partner will be invited to present the project at RedCLARA’s TICAL2022 conference to present your research project at this conference. TICAL is RedCLARA’s annual conference for ICT directors of Latin American universities and the Latin American NREN community.

Need help finding international collaborators?

There are many organisations in Europe seeking or willing to collaborate! Send us an email before the submission deadline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we may be able to help find the right collaborators.

Important dates



6-8 October 2021

Call for Participation opens for support request submissions during the CARLA2021 (Latin America High Performance Computing Conference) conference.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Deadline for support request submissions

Friday, 17 December 2021

Notification of response (accepted/rejected) sent via e-mail

January 2022

Consultation meetings with researchers and experts from successful projects will be held

Monday, 31 January 2022

Final agreement on support for all successful applicants

Friday, 4 February 2022

Successful applications are announced

February 2022 – February 2023 (one year)

Support period for successful applications

At TICAL2022 (September 2022)

Awarded applications are presented at TICAL2022

If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Organising and Supporting Partners

The EYR-BELLA organising partners include RedCLARA and GÉANT with support from NRENs in Latin America and Europe, LA Referencia, the network of open repositories of Science in Latin-America, RICAP and OpenAIRE.

RedCLARA is the Latin American Research and Education Network, regional leader and promotor of collaboration and development in education, science and innovation, by means of its e-infrastructure and services tailored for its community needs. RedCLARA provides regional interconnections and connections to the world through its international links and promotes the development of tools, services and research projects to empower regional scientific and educational development and the collaboration within Latin American R&E institutions and of Latin America and the rest of the world with an important focus on less developed regions.

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GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe's economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community.

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BELLA II receives funding from the European Union through the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), under agreement number 438-964 with DG-INTPA, signed in December 2022. The implementation period of BELLA II is 48 months.


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