call for resources

Call for e-infrastructure resources 2021.2

The deadline for applying for e-infrastructure resources is 15 August 2021.

Do you need computing or storage resources?

Sigma2 provides e-infrastructure resources to meet the needs of researchers from all areas of science. The resources are made available through application procedures in order to support the best Norwegian research. 

Applications for resources for the period 2021.2

Applications are evaluated by a Resource Allocation Committee (RFK),  according to the Guidelines for Resource Allocation on the national e-infrastructure, and the resources are allocated for a 6-month period.

It is important to submit an application during the regular calls. This is due to the RFK assigning allocations to projects a few weeks before the start of each allocation period.

Timeline 2021.2

15 Aug 2021
Application deadline

Applications arriving after this particular date will be case-handled after the allocation period has started, 1 October

18 Jun 2021
RFK strategy seminar

Before the announcement of the call, RFK meets to discuss policies and guidelines for the resource allocation.

31 Aug 2021
RFK working group meeting, Day 1

Prior to the RFK-meeting, a working group, whose members have good knowledge of the characteristics and status of the resources and of the (existing) projects that use the e-infrastructure, meets. The aim of the working group is to support the RFK in the technical evaluation of the proposals.

07 Sep. 2021
RFK working group meeting, Day 2

Prior to the RFK-meeting, a working group, whose members have good knowledge of the characteristics and status of the resources and of the (existing) projects that use the e-infrastructure, meets. The aim of the working group is to support the RFK in the technical evaluation of the proposals.

14 Sep 2021
RFK allocation meeting, Day 1

The RFK evaluates proposals based on scientific merit and the evaluation of science of the research activity and documented needs.

15 (16) Sep 2021
RFK allocation meeting, Day 2

The RFK evaluates proposals based on scientific merit and the evaluation of science of the research activity and documented needs.

22 Sep
Allocation letters available

Sigma2 effectuates all allocations after the RFK meeting.
Project leaders will receive an e-mail announcing that the allocation letters are available on metacenter.no.

1 Oct
Start of allocation period 2021.2

Computing and storage applications

This category provides access to computing and NIRD storage facilities, as well as software, with a far greater capacity than is normally available at department and faculty levels.   

The work to be carried out must meet requirements for scientific quality. All applications will be evaluated and eventually granted by the RFK based on the scientific merit. 

It is the responsibility of the applicants to provide all the information required to evaluate the applications. Computing and storage application must include funding sources and report scientific results, including records of publications connected with the performed activities, for any previous granted allocations. Application for storage must include a valid Data Management Plan. See Sec. “Mandatory Requirements”.

Services for sensitive data applications (TSD)

This category offers a platform to store, compute and analyse on sensitive research 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/and capacity storage for sensitive research data.  

Projects that are granted resources in TSD through this call, will have to register for access to TSD through the standard TSD application, managed by USIT, UiO.

Services for Data Analytics

NIRD Service Platform is a Kubernetes based data analytics platform allowing pre/post-processing, visualisation, and AI/ML workflows.Researchers that have a data storage project might apply for access to the resources on the NIRD Service Platform. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year by sending a mail to sigma2@uninett.no. Further guidance will then be provided.

Continuous applications for other resources

Some resources can be applied for throughout the year. These are evaluated by the Sigma2 administration.

Services for Advanced User Support, SSEW and CRaaS

Resources for testing are available outside calls. Similarly, applications for Advanced User Support (AUS), the Course Resources as a Service (CRaaS) and Small-scale Exploratory Work (SSEW) are accepted continuously. Apply by sending an e-mail to sigma2@uninett.no.

Who can apply? 

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

  • 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  

Furthermore, to apply for Sigma2 resources 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?

The online application form and status of existing allocations is available on the Metacenter Administrative System (MAS) – our online application tool service for researchers using the national e-infrastructure resources.  

Go to the application page

Please read the guide below prior to applying.

Guide on how to apply for resources

When to apply?

The deadline for applying for national e-infrastructure allocations for period 2021.2 is 15.08.2021

Mandatory requirements

Funding sources
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.  
 
Report on scientific results 
It is also a mandatory requirement that project leaders report the scientific results of previous allocations by linking the allocation project ID to their scientific publications in Cristin

Please note that it is necessary to link project numbers for both HPC and storage to the publications. 

How to report usage through Cristin

We encourage all project leaders to check if their publications are correctly tagged in Cristin and visible in Metacenter Administration System (MAS).

Data Management Plan
Applications for storage must be complemented with a Data Management Plan, either created with easyDMP or with any other approved tool.
The DMP should be sent to the administration (mail to sigma2@uninett.no) indicating the project number (NSXXXXK) in the mail text or title.

User contribution

HPC, Storage services and Services for Sensitive Data are subject to a User Contribution Model. Projects which have applied and received funding from the Research Council of Norway after July 2018 and are granted allocations of the national storage and computing resources, can be subject for a payment.

Cost for the resources will depend on the funding supporting the research project. See User Contribution Model for details.