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Advanced Computing Allocations to Advance AI Research and Education

THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS NOW CLOSED.

Thank you for your interest in the NAIRR Pilot Advanced Computing Allocations. Stay tuned for a future opportunity to be available via this page in the (tentatively) late March timeframe. The original text from the March 1, 2024 deadline call is available below for reference. If you have questions about a previously submitted application, please contact help@allocations.nairrpilot.org.

As part of the launch of the NAIRR Pilot, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are collaborating to create an early opportunity for the research community to request access to a set of advanced computing resources for projects related to the focus of this call. This initial call will be open from January 24 to March 1, 2024. We anticipate a follow-on open call for allocations in Spring 2024.

Eligibility

This call is generally open to meritorious advanced computing proposals by US-based researchers and educators. Note that the individual resources available via this call have differing eligibility rules. Assignment of supported proposals will be guided by these constraints.

Thematic focus of this allocation call

This initial call for allocations emphasizes interest in projects focused on advancing Safe, Secure and Trustworthy AI, including but not limited to projects with the following types of research aims:

  • Testing, evaluating, verifying, and validating AI systems.
  • Improving accuracy, validity, and reliability of model performance, while controlling bias.
  • Increasing the interpretability and privacy of learned models.
  • Reducing the vulnerability of models to families of adversarial attacks.
  • Advancing capabilities for assuring that model functionality aligns with societal values and obeys safety guarantees.

Other projects that align with the research thrusts of the NAIRR Pilot may secondarily be considered for allocation, including in the areas of healthcare, environment and infrastructure sustainability, and AI education, as well as projects in other areas of AI research and domain applications.

Available computational resources for this specific call for allocations

Proposal evaluation

All proposals will be evaluated for scientific and technical appropriateness and feasibility. Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the thematic focus defined for this call;
  • Project readiness and potential for near-term progress;
  • Feasibility of the technical approach;
  • Need for advanced research computing resources available via this call;
  • Advanced research computing and data management knowledge and experience of the proposing team; and
  • Estimated computing and data resource requirements.

Proposals will be reviewed on a biweekly basis as they are received and until available resources for this call are exhausted. Responses to proposers are anticipated to be communicated on a biweekly basis.

Allocation proposal preparation and submission

  • Proposal allocations will be up to 6 months in duration.
  • Applications will be accepted starting January 24, 2024 through 8:00 pm EDT on March 1, 2024.
  • Allocation proposals must be submitted electronically and follow the submission instructions and expectations.
  • ORCID iD is required to submit allocation proposals. Create your ORCID iD if you don't have one.

Questions about this call and allocations onto specific resources can be directed to: help@allocations.nairrpilot.org