February 9, 2017

The Global Initiative to Enhance @scale and Distributed Computing and Analysis Technologies(GECAT) project at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has two exciting new funding opportunities. The first is to establish new International Virtual Research Organizations (IVRO) partnerships, and the second is to seed new international collaborations with existing NCSA IVROs.

This GECAT project exists to support scientific collaboration and cooperation of researchers and developers spanning national boundaries as a way to develop new, innovative cyberinfrastructure for scientific advancement.

NCSA currently has IVROs established with a number of international collaborators and is soliciting proposals to seed new collaborations between international organizations and institutions in the United States that are Blue Waters or Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) resource users. Funded seed projects will provide up to $25,000 a year in travel and salary support meant to facilitate joint collaborations and position projects to successfully obtain additional funding in the future. More information on this solicitation and how to submit proposals can be found here.

In addition to funding seed projects within existing IVROs, NCSA is also soliciting proposals for the creation of new IVROs. These partnerships will address and solve important challenges that have emerged or increased as a consequence of the transition from petascale to exascale, the increasing importance of data-centric computing, workflow systems that enable effective use of high end compute and/or data problems. The proposed IVROs should bring together leading institutions from around the world to address these types of problems. Funding of up to $50,000 over a period of up to 36 months is available to help facilitate the establishment of new IVROs. Collaborating institutions must contribute at least equal amounts to support their participation in the IVRO. More information on this solicitation and how to submit proposals can be found here.

Both solicitations are open calls and do not have associated deadlines. Submitted proposals will be peer reviewed with final funding decisions being made by the project director on recommendations from the project steering committee. If you have any questions about these solicitations, please contact Jay Roloff.


The Global Initiative to Enhance @scale and Distributed Computing and Analysis Technologies (GECAT) project is part of the National Science Foundation's Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program and is an extension of the NSF-funded Blue Waters project, which provides access to one of the world's most powerful supercomputers and enables investigators to conduct breakthrough computational and big data research. GECAT is led by William Kramer, Blue Waters project director, and a research professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. John Towns, NCSA's executive director for science and technology, is a co-principal investigator and will help connect GECAT to the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project.

National Science Foundation

Blue Waters is supported by the National Science Foundation through awards ACI-0725070 and ACI-1238993.


National Science Foundation

XSEDE is supported by National Science Foundation through award ACI-1053575.