Resource Allocation Committee (RFK)

The allocation of computing and storage resources follows a strictly regulated and defined evaluation process. Access to the infrastructure is subject to criteria defined in a general policy and detailed guidelines for resource allocation.

Applications for computing, storage facilities and advanced user support resources for projects are evaluated by a Resource Allocation Committee (RFK). The RFK is composed of leading Norwegian scientists from relevant user groups who are appointed by the Sigma2 board.

The RFK evaluates the proposals and awards access to Sigma2 computing and storage resources twice per year. Proposals for access must demonstrate scientific excellence and the scientific need that the resources requested will be used efficiently.

Sigma2 carries out the administration of the RFK and supports the Committee in the evaluation of the proposals and the allocation of resources.

RFK mandate and guidelines

Sigma2 has since 2015 had the responsibility for administrating allocations on the national e-infrastructure resources. This responsibility has been given by the Research Council of Norway.

Evaluation and allocation


The Resource Allocation Committee (RFK) evaluates proposals for access to the e-infrastructure. The evaluation of proposals can include:

  • The scientific merit of the proposed activity
  • The need for access to the requested resources
  • The feasibility of using the (requested) resources for the proposed activity
  • Previous usage and publication

When deemed necessary, the Committee may require and use additional information in the evaluation process, e.g., from experts in the scientific and technical area of a proposal, or experts in techniques for efficient resource utilization. Proposals for large allocations may be sent to external experts.

After each allocation meeting, the Committee produces a list of all proposals, including allocations applied for, approved allocations and a brief motivation for the decisions.

Allocations are granted per allocation period, i.e., a project may apply for, but is not granted
allocations for multiple periods. This limitation is needed to be able to take into account:

  • changes in the total amount of allocations requested (by all proposals) for each new allocation period
  • regular changes in the available resources/facilities

Limiting the allocations per period allows the projects to be treated equally (or projects are prioritized) in the allocation decisions for each new period, independent of the time when the proposals for these projects were submitted.

Please read through the complete Guidelines for Resource Allocation on the national e-infrastructure before applying.

Members of the committee

The members are assigned by the Sigma2 Board of Directors for period of 3 years. The current committee commenced their period in January 2023.

  • Marit Sandstad, CICERO (Chair)
  • Ingeborg-Helene Svenum, NTNU/SINTEF
  • Kirstin Krüger, Department of Geoscience, UiO
  • Knut Børve, Department of Chemistry, UiB
  • Noel Keenlyside, Geophysical Institute, UiB
  • Inge Amlien, Department of Psychology, UiO
  • Pål Gunnar Ellingsen, Dep. of Electrical Engineering, UiT Narvik
  • Helge Avlesen, NORCE
  • Ekaterina Kim, Department of Marine Technology, NTNU
  • Magnus Ringholm, Department of Chemistry, UiT

Previous committees

  • Alexander Nederbragt (chair), Department of Biosciences, UiO
  • Anne Cathrine Elster. Department of Computer Science, NTNU
  • Ingve Simonsen, Department of Physics, NTNU
  • Lars Ailo Bongo, Department of Computer Science, UiT
  • Benjamin Pfeil, Geophysical Institute, UiB
  • Øystein Godøy, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Kirstin Krüger, Department of Geoscience, UiO
  • Marit Sandstad, CICERO
  • Ingeborg-Helene Svenum, NTNU/SINTEF
  • Knut Børve (chair), Professor, Department of Chemistry, UiB
  • Lex Nederbragt, Senior Lecturer, CEES, UiO
  • Øystein Godøy, Senior Researcher, Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Noel Keenlyside, Professor, Geophysical Institute, UiB
  • Dag Endresen, Senior Engineer, Natural History Museum, UiO
  • Ole Anders Nøst, Senior Researcher Akvaplan-Niva
  • Ingve Simonsen, Professor, Department of Physics, NTNU
  • Anders Nøklestad, Senior Engineer Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, UiO