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ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program

Summit supercomputer at ORNL

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ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Grants Program

No new awards will be made for FY 2016. A Call for Proposals for the 2017 HPC Grants program is tentatively scheduled to be announced in late summer of 2016.


In recent years, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) commitment to providing the world’s most powerful open resource for scientific computing has resulted in an impressive computational capability in Oak Ridge, Tenn. ORAU has partnered with the laboratory to provide opportunities for meaningful faculty and student engagement with ORNL’s leadership-class computing capabilities through the ORAU/ORNL High-Performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program.

The program was established in 2009 to encourage new and expand existing research initiatives among ORAU member institutions using high-performance computing systems. The program is a competitive grant program managed and funded by ORAU and open only to ORAU’s member institutions. To date, a total of 14 grants have been awarded—four in FY 2009, two in FY 2010, four in FY 2012, and two in FY 2013 and two in FY 2015. No new grants were awarded during FY 2011 or FY 2014.

The goals of the joint ORAU/ORNL HPC Grant Program include:

  • Provide the opportunity for faculty to create or expand collaborative research with ORNL in scientific areas of discovery requiring HPC capabilities
  • Provide ORAU member institutions the opportunity to create a strategic partnership with ORNL through alignment of faculty proposals with ORNL’s science agenda
  • Enhance the development of the future workforce in scientific discovery through computing by providing real-world experiences for students

For more information

Cathy Fore
ORAU University Partnerships Office
P.O. Box 117
Mail Stop 29
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Phone: 865.241.8158

2015 HPC Grant Program Winners

Two recipients and two ORNL principal investigators were awarded High Performance Computing grants for 2015:

  • Dr. Jerry Bernholc, Department of Physics, North Carolina State University
    ORNL Principal Investigator: Dr. An-Ping Li, Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
  • Dr. Edward Lyman, Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delaware
    ORNL Principal Investigator: Dr. Xiaolin Cheng, Computer Science and Mathematics Division