U.S. Department of Energy’s INCITE Program seeks proposals for 2024 to advance science and engineering at U.S. leadership computing facilities

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Open to researchers from academia, industry and government agencies, the INCITE program is aimed at computing projects that require the power and scale of DOE’s leadership supercomputers.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program is now accepting proposals for high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering and computer science domains. Proposals must be submitted between April 10, 2023 and June 16, 2023.

The INCITE program offers researchers the opportunity to pursue transformational advances in science and technology through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) and the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF). The ALCF and OLCF are DOE Office of Science user facilities located at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, respectively.


Argonne’s upcoming 2 exaflops supercomputer, Aurora, will leverage several technological innovations to support machine learning and data science workloads alongside more traditional modeling and simulation runs. (Image: Argonne National Laboratory)

“DOE’s leadership-class supercomputers are world-leading scientific tools, and the INCITE program provides researchers entry to these valuable resources to the open science community,” said Katherine Riley, ALCF director of science. “We are proud to say that INCITE can support the most ambitious, long-term research campaigns.”

Open to researchers around the world from academia, industry and government agencies, the INCITE program will award up to 60% of the allocable time on DOE’s leadership-class supercomputers: the OLCF’s Frontier, a 1.1 exaflop HPE Cray EX machine, and ALCF’s Polaris, a 25 petaflops HPE Cray machine, and Aurora, a peak 2 exaflops Intel-HPE Cray EX system. Proposals may request periods of performance from one to three years.

In addition to seeking traditional simulation-based projects, the call for proposals is open to projects that involve applications in areas of data science, including data-intensive computing, and machine learning. Crosscutting proposals targeting the convergence of simulation, data and learning are also encouraged.

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The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility is home to America’s first exascale system, the 2 exaflops HPE Cray EX Frontier supercomputer. (Image: Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

"With the 2024 INCITE call, we are looking to support the most computationally demanding projects in the world, including modeling, data, and machine learning—projects that would not be possible without the resources of the leadership computing facilities," said Bronson Messer, OLCF director of science. "We're excited to enable researchers to push the frontiers of discovery for breakthroughs in science and engineering."

All proposals undergo a peer review process to identify projects with the greatest potential for impact and a demonstrable need for leadership-class systems to deliver solutions to grand challenges. Additionally, applications will be evaluated for computational readiness to determine how effectively each proposed project will use the requested systems.

INCITE is once again committing 10% of allocable time to an Early Career Track in 2024. Since 2022, the program has sought to encourage the next generation of high-performance computing researchers by focusing on principal investigators (PI) who have earned a doctorate degree within the last 10 years. Researchers who earned their PhD on or after December 31, 2013, and who have not served as PI on a previous INCITE project are eligible. Applicants’ project proposals will go through the regular INCITE Computational Readiness and Peer Review process, but the INCITE management committee will consider meritorious projects in the Early Career Track separately.

Polaris supercomputer

Polaris provides researchers with a powerful testbed to prepare applications and workloads for science in the exascale era. (Image: Argonne National Laboratory)

To submit a proposal or read additional details about the requirements, visit https://www.doeleadershipcomputing.org/proposal/call-for-proposals/. Proposals will be accepted until 8:00 pm EDT on Friday, June 16, 2023. Awards are expected to be announced in November 2023.  

For more information on the INCITE program and a list of previous awards, visit www.doeleadershipcomputing.org.

Preparing for INCITE

The INCITE program will host informational webinars on April 25 and May 2, 2023. Register now:

April 25, 2023 Webinar: https://2024-incite-proposal-writing-1.eventbrite.com

May 2, 2023 Webinar: https://2024-incite-proposal-writing-2.eventbrite.com