Apply for e-infrastructure resources

Researchers can apply for an allocation on several computing and storage facilities in the national e-infrastructure. Below we explain how you can apply for allocations on the Sigma2 resources.

Projects that already have an allocation but need an increased quota in the current period can apply for an extra allocation.

Note that applications for SSEW (Small scale exploratory work) and AUS (Advanced User support) are submitted by e-mail.
If you need temporary resources to conduct a course or workshop, see Course Resources as a Service (CRaaS).

Please do not hesitate to contact us at contact@sigma2.no if you have any questions before applying.

Go to the application page

Please read the guide below before applying.

Guide on how to apply for resources

Costs for using the e-infrastructure

HPC, Storage services and TSD services are subject to a user contribution model.

How are resources granted?

Resources on the national e-infrastructure are granted on a period basis. Each period lasts for 6 months, between 1 April to 30 September and 1 October to 31 March.
Allocations are mainly granted through a call for resources prior to each period, where projects submit applications for resources before a set deadline on each call.

Deadlines vary but are usually in February and August. We announce all calls for resources in due time on our website.

The Resource Allocation Committee evaluates all applications submitted within the deadline. The evaluation is done based on scientific merit.
Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed once the period has started. Note that HPC applications submitted after the deadline will receive a lower scheduling priority than ordinary applications. This does not apply to applications for new projects.


Allocations during a period

Even though we strongly encourage projects to apply within the calls, we will accept applications during periods. Such applications are consecutively processed by Sigma2 within a couple of working days, though there may be challenges in meeting the needs in some cases, depending on available resources.

We assume that the allocated quota is consumed linearly throughout the period.

New projects - who can apply?

Who can apply?

Individuals and groups from the following Norwegian organizations can apply for access to the resources in the national e-infrastructure:

The resources in the national e-infrastructure are available for research and education, but written agreements may be established with Sigma2 for other usage of the resources. Organizations that do not fall in the above categories, but that would like to have access, should contact Sigma2.

Project leadership criteria

The applicant must either hold a permanent position, be a postdoctoral fellow or be a temporary employed researcher at his/her organization. Master students, PhD students and guest researchers cannot apply directly, but must do this via a colleague (e.g., supervisor) that holds a permanent position or is a postdoctoral fellow at the organization

The qualified user has to be project leader for the project, but it is possible for other researchers to be assigned as assistant project leaders, so called executive officers (XO).


Apply for a new project

Existing projects - already a user?

Already a user?

Users with existing national e-infrastructure projects may renew their projects or apply for extra resources through the Administration System, MAS.
Note that only project leaders or executive officers can apply for quota.


Renew project
If you want to apply for the current or upcoming period.

Extra application
When you already have an allocation but need more resources.

Sanctions to Russia and Belarus

Norway has applied sanctions to Russia and Belarus. Norway has followed the EU regulations as it is formalized in the Regulation concerning the integrity of Ukraine.

Based on the EU regulations and Norwegian regulations the export of dual-use technology and the related provision of support assistance is prohibited to Russia and Belarus. The Sigma2 resources Betzy, Fram, Saga, NIRD and NIRD service Platform, NIRD Toolkit, Research Data Archive and easyDMP fall under this regulation. 

This implies that:  

  • Researchers in Russia and Belarus or affiliated with Russian or Belarusian organizations are not allowed to use any Sigma2 resources and Norwegian research infrastructure services, and access from Russia and Belarus to these services is forbidden.  

  • Export of all the computing results and research data is forbidden to researchers in Russia and Belarus or affiliated with Russian or Belarusian institutions.   

Consequently:  

  • If you are a Principal Investigator of a project with members working from or affiliated with institutions from the sanctioned countries, you have the responsibility to inform them about the restrictions.  

  • If you are a user residing in the sanctioned countries or affiliated with institutions from the sanctioned countries, you should stop utilizing the resources; if you continue accessing and utilizing the resources, your account might be closed. 

  • Export of results obtained using Sigma2 resources and the Norwegian research infrastructure services to collaborators in the sanctioned countries is not allowed; if you export computing results and research data to the sanctioned countries, your account might be closed.