PICSE Project

Introduction to the PICSE Project

The growth in cloud services is exploding, but procurement contracting has not kept up the pace. As a result, most people required to write cloud contracts for their organization have encountered many issues.

The opportunity for cloud service providers on the supply side is widely recognized and this can potentially have enormous impact on the delivery of services across the public sector. However, procurement in the public sector is bound by procedures and is not tailored to the dynamic, on-demand and elastic nature of cloud services. There is therefore a need to focus on new ways of procuring cloud-based services.


The overarching objective of PICSE is to set up a European Procurers’ Platform capable of raising the level of understanding of the issues surrounding procurement of cloud services based on a set of procurement use cases from the science domain. The platform will be a unique repository of information supporting the networking of procurers, promoting the cloud services market and helping procurers to understand the implication of ongoing work under the cloud computing strategy.

Funding Scheme

PICSE is an EU H2020 project.


The PICSE project will run from October 2014 – March 2016.

Consortium Composition

For information about the PICSE Project partners, click here.

PICSE Project Deliverables

In particular the specific objectives of PICSE are to:
  • Develop a simpler innovative procurement model for public national and international research organizations.
  • Provide a range of best practices for implementing results.
  • Set out a realistic roadmap for cloud procurement over the next five years.
  • Lay the foundations for future joint procurements to support the hybrid cloud model.

PICSE aims to become the Central Point for the Public Sector PCP/PPI community.

For more information about PICSE project deliverables, click here.

Cloud Security Alliance Role in PICSE Project

  • Comparison of procurement practices along three (3) axes, research/public sector in general, public/private, and Europe/other countries.
  • Collation of all relevant information on perceived barriers to the adoption of innovative practices in cloud services procurement for those communities.
  • Identification of ways in which emerging good practices can mitigate those barriers and become “best practices”.

PICSE Project News

The law and economics of EU innovation procurement: lecture organized by the Corvers-MSM Chair, 20 March, Maastricht, Netherlands

The event “Lecture organized by the Corvers-MSM Chair in Innovation Procurement" will take place the 20th March at 16:00 at the Maastricht School of Management in Maastricht, Netherlands by Professor Nicola Dimitri and Dr. Anne Rainville. The meeting aims to provide an overview of the economic, legal and practical considerations...

Launching the Helix Nebula Science Cloud Prototype Phase 14:30 CEST 3 April 2017 CERN, Geneva, Switzerland

In November 2016, 4 Consortia won the HNSciCloud tender and started to develop the designs for the hybrid cloud platform. At the beginning of February 2017, the four consortia met at CERN to present their proposals to the buyers. After the submission of their designs, the consortia were asked to...

Use Case: Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) for a mobile traffic management system in Austria

“I have to say that a PCP process is actually what we were looking for to increase the quality of work and get better results.” - Eva Hackl, public procurer of the mobile traffic management system. 

What is the role of cloud computing in the building of the new European data economy? Read the last report of the European Commission

On 10th January 2017 the European Commission released the document Staff Working Document on the free flow of data and emerging issues of the European data economy, which accompanies the Communication “Building a European Data Economy”.

Press Release on Results of the HNSciCloud PCP Tender Bidding Phase

HNSciCloud has recently come out with a Press Release detailing the outcomes of the Bidding Phase as established in the HNSciCloud Tender Awards Ceremony and Design Phase Kickoff held in Lyon on November 2nd, 2016.

PICSE as Example of Innovative Procurement at ICT Proposers Day 2016

PICSE was shown as an example procurement CSA by the EC at the ICT Proposers Day, 26-27 September, 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

PICSE participation at the EAFIP event, Paris, 27-28 October 2015

27/10/2015 - 15:45 to 28/10/2015 - 15:45Bob Jones, CERN and PICSE coordinator, attended the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (EAFIP) workshop on the 27-28 October 2015. The main objective was to understand the role of PCP and PPI instruments in the European procurement landscape.

HNSciCloud PCP Tender Results Announcement Ceremony & Design Phase kick off, 2 November 2016, Lyon, France

On the 2nd November 2016, the awards ceremony for the successful bidders of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud tender is taking place in Lyon, France, at the CC-IN2P3 (CNRS) premises, one of the main academic data centres in France and a procurer of the Helix Nebula Science Cloud (HNSciCloud).

New Animation on SURFcumulus focusing on hybrid infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) service

On September 23rd, 2016, The Surf Cooperative published a video regarding SURFcumulus. SURFcumulus is the hybrid infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) service from SURFnet. It provides your institution with an integrated range of IaaS services. You can let SURFnet take care of administration of the services.

PICSE at Cloud Procurement Session at Digital Infrastructures for Research 2016

Europe's leading e-infrastructures invited all researchers, developers and service providers for three days of brainstorming and discussions at the Digital Infrastructures for Research event (28-30 September 2016). HNSciCloud was represented at the session on Procuring cloud services for the public research sector on September 28th, chaired by David Foster.