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ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program

Titan Supercomputer at ORNL

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2015 Grant Program

A Call for Proposals has been announced to ORAU member institutions for the 2015 ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing Grant Program. ORAU plans to award two new grants for FY 2015.

The FY 2015 Call for Proposals is similar to the FY 2013 program except for the grant period and total potential funding. The grants will be for two years at $25,000 each year for a total funding of $50,000 over the grant period. Proposals must represent a collaboration between an ORAU member institution faculty member and an ORNL research staff member listed as a principal investigator on one of the ORNL FY 2015 LDRD Research Projects.

Information on how to apply, the proposal guidelines and requirements, and the list of the ORNL research projects is available on the Members Only website.


  • Aug. 18, 2014 - Issue call for proposals
  • Noon EDT, Oct. 3, 2014 - Proposals due
  • Nov. 19, 2014 - Winners announced
  • Jan. 1, 2015 - Project start date


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 12 grants have been awarded—four in FY 2009, two in FY 2010, four in FY 2012, and two in FY 2013. No new grants were awarded during FY 2011.

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

2014 HPC Grant Program Winners

Two recipients and two ORNL principal investigators were awarded High Performance Computing grants in 2014:

  • 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