The National Institute for Computational Sciences

NICS Project Allocations

NICS Project Allocations

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) is funded by the University of Tennessee and the National Science Foundation to support research at US universities. The majority of the NICS resources are committed as part of the XSEDE allocation process. NICS also offers a limited number of Director Discretionary awards by request to State of Tennessee researchers, to qualifying workshops and courses, underrepresented groups, and to researchers for which a special agreement has already been established. Additional researchers may be added to the project with the permission of the principal investigator.  Further, University of Tennessee (faculty, staff, and student) users may apply for access to NICS resources.

XSEDE Allocations

XSEDE provides Startup, Educational, and Research allocations to eligible principal investigators (PIs).  Startup and Educational projects may be requested at any time.  Research requests are vetted through a national peer-reviewed process. Information regarding XSEDE allocations may be found on the XSEDE Allocations Overview page.  Research allocations are intended for experienced researchers from academic or nonprofit organizations. Proposals can be submitted throughout the year, and the XSEDE Resource Allocations Committee meets quarterly to review proposals and allocate resources. For best practices on writing a successful proposal please visit the XSEDE Proposal page. 

Director's Discretionary Allocations

NICS offers a limited number of Director Discretionary awards to State of Tennessee affiliates, workshops and classes, underrepresented groups, and industrial partners.  Maximum allocated hours will depend on the resource requested.

University of Tennessee Users (Faculty, Staff, or Students)

NICS has created a project for any UT user (faculty, staff, student, etc.). This is a low-priority project that does allow a user to access resources in a backfill manner. There are no reporting requirements for users in this project. Special requests for priority, reservations, or other arrangements are not available within this project. A faculty or staff sponsor is required for student access.

Request an Account

Please chose the appropriate link below to request an new account or join an existing project.

Duration 1 year 1 year No set duration
Allocation Approval XRAC* NICS Director NICS Director
Call for Proposals

Research - Quarterly

Others - At any time

At any time At any time

* XRAC = XSEDE Resource Allocations Committee

Relevant Documents

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