Call for e-infrastructure resources 2020.1
Author: Vigdis Guldseth
Sigma2 provides e-infrastructure resources to meet the needs of researchers from all areas of science. The resources are made available through application procedures such that the best Norwegian research is supported.
The applications are evaluated by a Resource Allocation Committee (RFK) and the resources are allocated for a 6-month period.
Resources for testing purposes are available outside calls. Applications for advanced user support, NIRD Toolkit and small-scale exploratory work are accepted continuously.
COMPUTING (HPC) and STORAGE applications
This category provides scientists access to computing and storage facilities and software with a far greater capacity than is normally available at department and faculty levels.
Applicants must either hold a permanent position or be a postdoctoral fellow or temporary empolyed researcher at his/her organization. Master students, PhD students and guest researchers cannot apply directly, but must arrange this via a superior.
The work to be carried out must meet requirements for scientific quality. All applications will be evaluated on scientific merit and granted by the RFK.
SERVICES FOR SENSITIVE DATA applications
This category offers a platform to store, compute and analyse on research sensitive data in compliance with Norwegian regulations regarding individuals’ privacy
Research projects may apply for TSD through this call if the project needs HPC compute resources or 10 TB or more storage capacity.
TSD is developed and operated by UiO in partnership with UNINETT Sigma2, and is a part of the national infrastructure. Projects that are granted resources in TSD through this call, will have to register for access to TSD through the standard TSD application
NIRD TOOLKIT applications
This category offers a self-service portal where scientists may choose various tools and computational capacity needed for their research. Among the tools are pre/post processing analysis, data intensive processing, visualization, artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Allocations can be submitted at any time and be requested via a simplified free-text application submitted by email to email@example.com, describing purpose and needs.
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Who can apply?
Individuals and groups from the following Norwegian organizations can apply for access to the resources in the national e-infrastructure:
- Norwegian universities and university colleges
- Governmental Research Centers
- Entities or projects financed by the Ministry of Education and Research or the Research Council of Norway
- Norwegian hospitals
- Industrial parties who contribute to the funding of the e-infrastructure
Furthermore, to apply for Sigma2 recourses you have to fulfill the criteria for applicants for the type of allocation in question.
Written agreements may be established with Sigma2 for other usage of the resources. Organizations that do not fall in the above categories but would like to have access, should contact Sigma2.
How to apply?
Sigma2 provides an online application tool service for researchers using the national e-infrastructure resources. Previous applications are available for reuse in the application tool.
The online application form and status of existing allocations is available on www.metacenter.no/mas/application/project
When is the deadline?
The deadline for applying for HCP, Storage and TSD allocations for period 2020.1 is 9 February 2020. Applications for SSEW, NIRD Toolkit and Advanced User Support can be submitted at any time.
The decisions of the RFK are governed by the Guidelines for Resource Allocation on the National e-infrastructure. The RFK assigns allocations to projects a few weeks before the start of each allocation period. It is therefore important to submit an application during the regular calls.
A mandatory requirement in the application scheme is to provide the funding sources. This information is essential to justify the continuing operation and development of the national e-infrastructure. It is also a requirement that project leaders report the scientific results of ongoing projects by linking the allocation project ID to their scientific publications in Cristin
User contribution model
HPC, Storage services and TSD services are subject to a user contribution model. Cost for the resources will depend on the funding supporting the research project.