External funds



PON R&I 2014-2020 - Avviso 424/2018 - Azione II. 1

Infrastructure for BIg data and Scientific COmputing – IBiSCo


The objective of the IBiSCo (Infrastructure for BIg data and Scientific COmputing) project is threefold:

  • on the one hand, carry out, validate and fully demonstrate in a real operating environment a very substantial enhancement of the scientific computing infrastructure in Southern Italy, already financed in the past by the PON 2007-2013 (e.g., PI2S2, SCOPE and RECAS projects) and from the Ordinary Functioning Fund of MIUR (DHTCS project);
  • on the other, contribute significantly to “Pillar 2: Infrastructure” of the “Important Project of Common Interest on High Performance Computing and Big Data enabled Applications” (IPCEI-HPC-BDA);
  • finally, constitute the first real and concrete step towards the Italian Computing and Data Infrastructure (ICDI), laying the foundations for its southern part (ICDI-south) which will be part of the national project.

The achievement of this objective consists in the creation of a digital platform for scientific and technological collaboration and co-creation that acts as the engine of a sustainable collaborative ecosystem on a multi-regional scale, which is consistent with the thematic areas and intercepts the trajectories of development of the SNSI and those of the reference Regions, which is interoperable with the European Open Science Cloud and ready for the challenges of the next Framework Program “Horizon Europe”.

Project duration: 32 months


  • €18,701,750, of which €652,500 outside the area


  • proponent: INFN[*]– € 11.947.900 – 63,90%
  • co-proposer: Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro – € 2.170.470 – 11,60%
  • co-proposer: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II – € 2.302.670 – 12,30%
  • co-proposer: CNR – € 1.628.210 – 8,70%
  • co-proposer: INAF – € 502.200 – 2,70%
  • co-proposer: INGV – € 150.300 – 0,80%

[*] Sezioni di Napoli, Bari e Catania; Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati.

Potenziamento Appulo-Campano KM3NeT – PACK

Offshore vessel lowering a telescope part
Offshore vessel lowering a telescope part

The Potenziamento Appulo-Campano (PACK)  of KM3NeT has as its purpose the strengthening of the laboratories at the three units involved and the expansion of the submarine telescope, located off Capo Passero in Sicily. 

The scientific objective of the neutrino telescope located in the northern hemisphere is to verify and complement the results of IceCube, in order to allow an observation of high-energy neutrinos over the whole sky.

The Mediterranean Sea is the ideal place for this new structure: neutrinos being preferably detected by observing particles propagating from below the horizon (i.e. with trajectories crossing a significant thickness of the Earth, which represents a very effective screen against all other particles known), it is possible from these latitudes to explore the Galactic Center and a significant portion of the inner Galactic Disc.

With this telescope it will also be possible to increase the sensitivity of the multi-messenger search for astrophysical sources identified through gravitational waves and observations in the electromagnetic spectrum. For the creation, calibration and qualification of the measurement lines, specialized laboratories will be set up, to strengthen the structures already available, at the INFN sections of Bari and Naples, and at the CIRCE laboratory of the University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli.

The project is divided into 4 implementation objectives:

  1. Laboratory of prototyping, integration and acceptance of submarine instrumentation at the INFN of Bari (Coordinator: Ing. Cosimo Pastore, INFN – Sezione di Bari)
  2. Isotopic laboratory for the microscopic characterization of materials and components at the University of Campania (Coordinator: Prof. Lucio Gialanella, Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli)
  3. Laboratory for the construction and testing of complex underwater opto-acoustic instrumentation at the INFN of Naples (Coordinator: Dr. Stefano Mastroianni, INFN – Sezione di Napoli)
  4. Enhancement of the submarine infrastructure for neutrino-astronomy and multidisciplinary research, with the participation of all three operating units involved in the project (Coordinator: Dr. Pasquale Migliozzi, INFN – Sezione di Napoli)

Scientific coordinator of the project: Dr. Marco Circella, INFN – Sezione di Bari
Administrative manager of the project: Mr. Antonio Silvestri, INFN – Sezione di Bari


  • € 17.800.000


  • proponent: INFN[*] – € 16.400.000 (92,1%)
  • co-proponent: Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli – € 1.400.000 (7,9%)

[*] Sezioni di Bari e Napoli.

HORIZON European Projects

AI4EOSC (AI for the European Open Science Cloud)


The AI4EOSC (AI for the European Open Science Cloud) project aims to provide a series of advanced services for the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) models and applications, increasing the offer services across the European Union and expanding the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) ecosystem.

The services will use advanced features such as distributed, federated and split learning, provenance metadata, event-based data processing services or serverless computing-based service provisioning.

The project will focus on providing tools to offer AI, ML, DL services by integrating real use cases to co-design the project proposal and drive the integration activities.

AI4EOSC bases its activities on the technological framework provided by the DEEP-Hybrid-DataCloud H2020 project. The DEEP platform (provided through the EOSC portal) is a production-ready system that is being used effectively by EU researchers to train and develop machine learning and deep learning models.

Particular attention is paid to ensure that all research products and sub-products (data, models, metadata, publications, etc.) adhere to the FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability) principles.

The AI4EOSC consortium was created to ensure a balanced and complementary set of partners with a strong background in research, development, technology and innovation. The consortium brings together several of the most active institutions in the EOSC in terms of development, implementation, deployment and management of pan-European distributed digital infrastructures, highly innovative SMEs with great potential in the field of AI and extensive experience in the technology sector. All partners involved in the project activities have broad experience in software development. To this end, several academic partners developed key components used in EU manufacturing infrastructure.

The consortium consists of 10 partners including academics – the project coordinator CSIC, PSNC, LIP, KIT, UPV, IISAS, INFN, industrialists – Predictia, MicroStep-MIS and WODR.

More information on the site CORDIS.