Allocation Proposals for Time on Blue Waters Due April 4

January 6, 2016

Jan. 6 — At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters—about 150 million node-hours each year—is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation’s Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program. The next proposal due date is Apr. 4, 2016.

General Information

Program Title: Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC)

Synopsis of Program: In 2013, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, was deployed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The goal of this project and system is to open up new possibilities in science and engineering by providing computational capability that makes it possible for investigators to tackle much larger and more complex research challenges across a wide spectrum of domains. The purpose of this solicitation is to invite research groups to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. Proposers must show compelling science or engineering challenges that require petascale computing resources. Proposers must also be prepared to demonstrate that they have science or engineering research problems that require and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Proposals from or including junior researchers are encouraged, as one of the goals of this solicitation is to build a community capable of using petascale computing.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Edward Walker, Program Director, CISE/ACI, telephone: (703) 292-4863, email: edwalker@nsf.gov
  • Rudolf Eigenmann, Program Director, CISE/ACI, telephone: (703) 292-2598, email: reigenma@nsf.gov

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 12 to 15, up to $40,000 for each award, pending availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $400,000 to $500,000, total annually across all funded projects, pending availability of funds.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals: The categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in the Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter I, Section E.

Who May Serve as PI: There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1. An individual may be PI or co-PI on no more than one proposal that responds to this solicitation per deadline. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, any proposal submitted to this solicitation with this individual listed as a PI or co-PI after the first proposal is received at NSF will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made. There is no limit on the number of proposals with which an individual may be associated in other capacities, such as senior personnel.

Submission instructions and additional information can be found here.

Source: NCSA and NSF

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