NSF 14-536


The Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the NSF – High Performance Computing System Acquisition (HPCSA): Continuing the Building of a More Inclusive Computing Environment for Science and Engineering program.

Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline:  Monday, March 17, 2014

Information:  Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu

The current solicitation is intended to complement previous NSF investments in advanced computational infrastructure by exploring new and creative approaches to delivering computational resources to the scientific community. Consistent with the Advanced Computing Infrastructure: Vision and Strategic Plan (February 2012), the current solicitation is focused on expanding the use of high-end resources to a much larger and more diverse community. To quote from that strategic plan, the goal is to "... position and support the entire spectrum of NSF-funded communities ... and to promote a more comprehensive and balanced portfolio .... to support multidisciplinary computational and data-enabled science and engineering that in turn supports the entire scientific, engineering and educational community." Thus, while continuing to provide essential and needed resources to the more traditional users of HPC, this solicitation expands the horizon to include research communities that are not users of traditional HPC systems, but who would benefit from advanced computational capabilities at the national level. Building, testing, and deploying these resources within the collaborative ecosystem that encompasses national, regional and campus resources continues to remain a high priority for NSF and one of increasing importance to the science and engineering community.

Limit Summary:  An organization may submit only one proposal.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF-HPCSA program.

Guidance for preparation of Letter of Intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • NSF Program Title
  • PI/Co-PI, Department and College
    • Project Description
      • Resource Specification
      • Performance and Innovation for Science and Engineering Applications
      • Resource Reliability and Usability
      • Implementation, Project Management and Risk Mitigation
      • Quality of the Physical Infrastructure
      • Plan for Operations, including User Support and Training
      • Broadening Participation
    • Detailed Budget being requested from NSF (limit one page)
    • Biosketch for PI (limit two pages, single-spaced, 12 pt. font)
    • Letters of intent are limited to six (6) pages (including budget page, and biosketch)
    • SUBMIT electronically as a MSWord or PDF document to:  Research.Development@oregonstate.edu
Date Open: 
Monday, February 17, 2014
National Science Foundation