OSP FO# 11-013

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI)

PROGRAM: Petascale Computing Resource Allocations (PRAC)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to invite research groups that have a compelling science or engineering challenge that will require petascale computing resources to submit requests for allocations of resources on the Blue Waters system. In 2011, a new NSF-funded petascale computing system, Blue Waters, will go online at the University of Illinois. The goal of this facility 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.

Proposers must be prepared to demonstrate that they have a science or engineering research problem that requires and can effectively exploit the petascale computing capabilities offered by Blue Waters. Because of the intrinsic value of the Blue Waters resources, a research group will only be granted significant access to the production system after its request for a resource allocation has been successful in a competitive, merit review managed by NSF. This solicitation represents the first phase of that merit review process. Successful proposers to this solicitation will be granted a pre-allocation of Blue Waters resources together with a small amount of funds to support travel costs. In the months prior to Blue Waters entering production in mid-2011, groups receiving awards under the current competition will be asked to submit a request for a final allocation.

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.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An individual may be the PI on no more than one proposal that responds to this solicitation.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF anticipates providing $400,000 to $500,000 to support 10–12 awards.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Irene Qualters
Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard, Room 1160N
Arlington, VA 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-2339
Email: iqualter@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2008/nsf08529/nsf08529.htm

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact Alex Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or Elmer Smith (esmith2@bu.edu)in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/general-information-for-crc-investigators. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 08-529 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.