14.09.2021 - The 2nd Edition of the Call for Advanced Computing Projects received a total of 58 applications of typology A2 – Acesso Projeto. Under this AAC, the deadline for submitting applications continues to run for the remaining types A0 – Acesso Experimental and A1 – Acesso Preparatório. See the support documentation in the sidebar and access the application form here.
13.07.2021 - Opening for submissions on A2 – Access to the Project from the 19th of July to the 13th of September 2021.
13.07.2021 - Opening for Submissions on A1 – Preparatory Access and A0 – Experimental Access July 19, 2021 to April 28, 2022.
The consolidation and strengthening of the National Scientific and Technological System (SCTN) are priorities of the science and technology policy made in Portugal. These priorities aim to contribute to the national and international competitiveness of science and technology, and its contribution to innovation and knowledge transfer, as well as to contribute to the achievement of global aspirations set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (ODSs). In this context, it is particularly important to promote and strengthen the skills of scientific and technological institutions through their participation in advanced computing projects.
It is with these objectives that FCT opens this Call for Advanced Computing Projects (CPCA) to technologically support advanced computing projects in all scientific domains.
FCT manages the National Network for Advanced Computing (RNCA) seeking to aggregate national advanced computing resources, promoting cooperation between the various centres involved and developing national and international partnerships with other entities.
RNCA was integrated in the National Roadmap of Research Infrastructures of Strategic Interest by Order No. 4157/2019, from the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education.
The following computational models are available to applicants:
Check Call Notice for further details - supporting documentation in the sidebar.
The present call includes the following access types:
This 2nd edition of the Call for Advanced Computing Projects will make available around 36 million CPU core.hours and 100,000 GPU.hours.
RNCA currently incorporates 4 operational centers with the respective platforms that are part of the call resources:
The technical description of the platforms (Hardware and Software) can be found in the technical sheet. The support to be granted under this call is exclusively in the form of allocating time to use advanced computing resources, not granting funding of any other nature, or human resources to develop or support computer applications.
The beneficiaries, individually or in co-promotion:
Regarding applications from companies as beneficiaries, advanced computing projects must:
Individual or co-promoted candidacies are accepted:
Each IR and co-IR can submit a maximum of ONE application for A2 access type.
Each IR and co-IR may also submit a maximum of ONE application for A0 and A1 access types every 3 months, always subject to the availability of resources in these types.
Applications must be submitted, in English, using the electronic forms only.
A0 Experimental and A1 preparatory access types:: Applications must be submitted, in English, from July 19, 2021 (12:00 am Lisbon time) until April 28, 2022 (12:00 am Lisbon time), using the form at: https://rnca.fccn.pt/?page_id=2251
Applications received so far will be subject to technical evaluation and allocation on platforms until the limit of the respective quotas is reached: 5% for A0 accesses and 25% for A1 accesses.
A2 Access Project: Applications must be submitted, in English, from July 19, 2021 (12:00 am Lisbon time) until September 13, 2021 (12:00 am Lisbon time), using the myFCT form in: https://myfct.fct.pt/
At the end of the term, the applications will be subject to technical and scientific evaluation and subsequent allocation to the platforms until the respective quota limit is reached: 70% for A2 accesses.
Applications must be submitted from the 19th of July 2021.
Pursuant to Articles 14 and 15 of the Advanced Computing Projects Regulation, all applications received will be evaluated, according to the following criteria, which are densified and detailed and have their final formula in the evaluation guide:
T1 - Technical fitting to RNCA resources architecture (30%)
T2 - Computational resources reasonability and capacity planning (50%)
T3 - Work plan (20%)
T1 - Technical fitting to RNCA resources architecture (10%)
T2 - Computational resources reasonability and capacity planning (20%)
T3 - Work plan (10%)
S1 - Relevance of the global scientific project that includes the
activity proposal (Scientific merit 50% and Innovative nature 50%)
S2 - Justification for the proposed advanced computing activity to support the global scientific project (25%)
S3 - Scientific credentials of the applicant research group (Scientific merit of the Responsible Investigator 50% and Research Team 50%) (5%)
S4 - Experience and training in advanced computing* (10%)
Information about applications can be requested through the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org