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ORAU/ORNL High Performance Computing (HPC) Grant


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:

  • The program is open to a faculty-student team proposing research in one of the research projects described in the ORNL 2015 Research Projects list.
  • Team makeup and number are at the discretion of the faculty member; however preference is to support a team consisting of a faculty member with a graduate or undergraduate student(s).
  • Team must be from an ORAU member institution.
  • Faculty member must be in a tenure-track position at their institution.
  • Only one faculty proposal per institution will be considered.
  • Proposal must be endorsed and submitted by the institution’s ORAU Councilor.


The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


Proposal Limit: 1 per institution


Summary: 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.


Each grant awarded to a faculty member provides potential funding of up to $50,000 ($25,000 per year for up to two years). 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 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




September 3, 2014:

Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.


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September 5, 2014:

Deadline to submit an internal proposal.


All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.


Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary and two-page bio-sketch.  Budget is not required.


The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact: or 979.862.2233.


September 19, 2014:

Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

October 3, 2014:

Sponsor deadline for the full proposal (due by Noon Eastern Time).



Internal Selection Procedures:

Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.