How to apply for access

Technical assessment

Prior to submission to the EPSRC for any access mechanism, all Principal Investigators should obtain a technical assessment of their proposal from the ARCHER service provider. This is to ensure that the level of resources requested has been appropriately scoped and that any additional technical considerations have been captured prior to submission, such as software licenses, code porting, Computational Science and Engineering support, and so on.

The Principal Investigator should submit a short (maximum one page) case for support together with the ARCHER Technical Assessment form to the ARCHER service (support@archer.ac.uk) so that a technical assessment can be undertaken.

The completed technical assessment will normally be returned to the Principal Investigator (PI) within two weeks of submission, although if the reviewer has concerns about the project, it may take extra time to address these with the PI. We therefore strongly recommend that applicants obtain their technical assessment well in advance of the proposal submission deadline.

How to apply for compute resource in support of an EPSRC research proposal

Once the completed technical assessment form has been returned to the applicant, it must be uploaded as one pdf file through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) portal. Please select the document type 'Technical assessment' in Je-S.

Please select ARCHER from the facilities drop down menu and add the requested resource in kAU as 'unit' and the notional cost in £ as 'cost'. We recommend using the kAU calculator on the ARCHER website to assist with estimating the required resource and associated notional cost.

Applications for compute resource can be made for the first three years of the grant in the first instance. Applications for further resource should be made through the top-up calls which are issued every four months and assessed through the resource allocation panel (see below).

How to apply for instant access

You can apply for a maximum of 1.2 million Allocation Units (AUs) over a six months period to test our national HPC service for your work. The technical assessment, together with a brief (up to two sides) case for support, should be emailed to the ARCHER service at support@archer.ac.uk

The ARCHER service manager at EPSRC will check whether the proposal is within the council's remit. Successful applicants will be informed directly by the Service Provider. We do not normally accept extensions or repeated applications through this route.

How to apply for direct access via the resource allocation panels (RAP)

Calls for applications via the resource allocation panels are published three times a year and provide access to ARCHER for one year maximum. There is no limit on the number of AUs that can be applied for through RAP access. However, applicants should note that there will be up to a maximum number of AUs available to award at each panel, subject to the quality of the proposals received. You may also apply for storage capacity at the Research Data Facility (RDF). Applications through the RAP are for compute and storage resource only. Applicants must make sure that any related expenses such as staff time are covered by other means.

The proposal form, together with the completed technical assessment (see section Technical Assessment), should be emailed to ARCHERRAP@epsrc.ac.uk before 16.00 hours on the deadline of the call. Please note that the technical assessment has to be received by the ARCHER service no later than 16.00 hours on the date specified for the technical assessment submission deadline in the call document.

How to apply for top up via the resource allocation panel (RAP)

Access to the national high performance computing resource can be allocated as part of EPSRC grants at the time of award. However, initially three years of resource are granted. If a grant is longer than three years then grant holders are invited to apply for a top-up to meet the objectives of their EPSRC grant.

Applicants to this call can request ARCHER compute resource only to facilitate the remainder of their existing EPSRC grant. The number of AUs requested must be fully justified in the application and reasonable in view of the original allocation and remaining duration of the project. The maximum eligible time period is two years. For longer grants, multiple top-ups are possible. Please note that the panel may recommend a reduced allocation if a request appears to be unfeasible or unjustified.

Applications will not be considered where the previous resource allocated to the applicant has been exhausted due to mismanagement or to undertake any work outside the scope of the original grant.

As with all applications to the RAP, only ARCHER computing resource can be applied for. This does not include staff time and other resources, which should be covered by the existing grant.

The proposal form, together with the completed technical assessment (see section Technical Assessment), should be emailed to ARCHERRAP@epsrc.ac.uk before 16.00 hours on the deadline of the call. Please note that the technical assessment has to be received by the ARCHER service no later than 16:00 hours on the date specified for the technical assessment submission deadline in the call document.