ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge (ALCC)

ALCC Application Details

How to Apply

Applications for 2015 ALCC are due 11:59 PM EST Tuesday February 3rd, 2015. Email your completed application to  PDF format is preferred but not required. Awards will be announced in May 2015 and allocations will begin July 1st 2015. 

If you do not receive an email confirmation within 48 hours of your submission, please contact the ALCC program manager.


  • The proposed work must have a source of funding
  • The proposed work cannot require the Proprietary User Agreement at the national laboratories.
  • The proposed research should be in areas related to the DOE mission

Application Requirements

The application is divided into 8 sections. Sections 1-6 will be shared with peer reviewers and are requested (not required) as a single file. Sections 7-8 will not be shared with peer reviewers and should be saved and emailed as a separate file. You may combine Secitions 7 and 8 into a single file if you choose.

  1. Coversheet

    The proposal must contain a coversheet with the following information in the order specified:

    1. Title
    2. Primary PI, affiliation, contact information (phone, email)
    3. Institutional contact (name, phone, email) for the agent who has the authority to review, negotiate and sign the user agreement on behalf of that institution. The person who can commit an organization may be someone in a contracts or procurement department, department head, or grants department.
    4. Project Collaborators, names and affiliations 
    5. Machine(s) requested and time requested.  Requests for time at NERSC should be made in MPP unitsExternal link. Requests for Titan are to be in units of Titan-core hoursExternal link. Requests for Mira should be made in units of CPU hours or the equivalent Mira-core hoursExternal link. Please note, a Titan-core hour consists of both CPUs and GPUs even when only CPUs are utilized.
    6. Storage request. For ALCF and OLCF, specify Online Storage (scratch and home directory) and Offline Storage (archival). For NERSC, specify Scratch StorageExternal link, Project StorageExternal link, and Offline StorageExternal link. Storage policies are posted for NERSCExternal link, OLCFExternal link, and ALCFExternal link.
    7. Short list of keywords
    8. Identification of funding source(s) that supports this research. If the funding source is DOE, specify program office and/or program manager if known.
    9. Specify any high performance computing resources that support this project. Specify the allocation program (e.g. INCITE, ERCAP) and allocation size. Include allocations from INCITE, ERCAP, XSEDE, or other equivalent HPC allocations.
    10. If applicable, identify publications from previous ALCC awards.
  2. Abstract/Executive Summary (1 page maximum)
  3. Proposal narrative describing the proposed research (15 page maximum including figures)

    No specific template is required however the narrative should contain:

    1. Anticipated results of the research and intermediate goals, as appropriate.
    2. The computational approach and the performance of the codes that will be used.  Include whether the application software already contains the models necessary to simulate the problem to be studied and if not, an estimate of the person months needed to add those capabilities, e.g. new force fields.

  4. Curriculum Vitae of PI and Project Collaborators

    Provide a CV for the PI and each Project Collaborator. In the CV of the PI, include a section that lists collaborators for the past four years with current affiliations.

  5. Project Team

    A brief description of the expertise of the members of the project team in comparable computational projects.

  6. Bibliography

  7. Non-technical Summary (Separate File, 250 words max).  In a separate file, provide a short non/low-technical summary of the project. The target audiences are non-experts, decision makers, and the interested public. This file will not be sent to peer reviewers, and may be combined with Section 8.

  8. Suggested Reviewers (Optional: Separate file)
    In a separate file, list suggested peer reviewers. You may also note peer reviewers you do not wish to review the proposal. For examples, see past ALCC Factsheets.  This file will not be shared with peer reviewers, and may be combined with Section 7.

The following are suggestions and are not requirements.

  1. When listing milestones, include computational resources required for each milestone. HPC time is a limited resource. To optimize access to ALCC resources, sub-allocations rather than the full requested allocation may be awarded. Sub-allocation amounts are determined based upon the proposal and peer review evaluations. Including computational resources needed for each milestone will improve the peer reviewer’s understanding of the proposal’s allocation needs and enable a more optimal allocation process.
  2. A primary goal of ALCC is to advance the DOE mission and broaden the community of users capable of using leadership computing resources. Therefore, authors may wish to specifically address how their project supports DOE goals and/or broadens the community of users capable of using leadership computing resources. A list of projects of special interest to the DOE can be found under the 2015 ALCC Call for Proposals.

Review Process

ALCC proposals undergo scientific merit reviews through a peer review process. The proposals are evaluated against the following criteria, which are listed in descending order of importance as codified in the Code of Federal RegulationsExternal link(10 CFR 605.10) against the following criteria:

  1. Scientific and/or technical merit of the project
  2. Appropriateness of the proposed method or approach
  3. Competency of applicant’s personnel and adequacy of proposed resources
  4. Reasonableness and appropriateness of the proposed allocation request

Included in scientific and/or technical merit of the project is an evaluation regarding if the project is “of interest to the Department of Energy (DOE) with an emphasis on high-risk, high-payoff simulations in areas directly related to the DOE mission”.

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