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Grant Funding for High Performance Computing – Leave No Stone Unturned

May. 23, 2017

The President’s budget plan released earlier this year called for significant cuts to the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Energy, and other grant giving institutions in 2018.  Despite the administration’s proposed cuts, congress has just allocated $2 billion in increased funding to the National Institutes until this September.  

Researchers are well aware that much of the groundbreaking research facilitated by High Performance Computing is made possible only through grant funding programs offered by the NIH, and other institutions who have just received increased funding, but could still see substantial budget cuts in 2018.  Should cuts ultimately materialize, researchers can expect increased competition for funding in what is already a very competitive process.  One of the most well-known funding programs for acquiring HPC resources, the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation grant, already sees only 1 out of 5 applicants receive funding.

For those that find High Performance Computing infrastructure instrumental to their research, the atmosphere of uncertainty for funding elevated need to implement best practices when applying for grants, and understand the full range of funding channels that are available should competition for funding increase.  For example, those applying for Major Research Instrumentation grants through the National Science Foundation can significantly increase their chances of receiving funding by concretely defining computing needs at their institution, securing cost sharing, and articulating the full impact of the research made possible by the grant.

PSSC Labs has a 25+ year record working with grant winners to help secure grant funding from the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and many more grant giving organizations.  Our experience deploying turnkey clusters for computational chemistry, weather modeling, computational fluid dynamics, and biomedical informatics applications has helped us find specific and less known grants for scientists that are applicable to their research based on their field of study, parties affected by their research, and many other criteria.

If you are a researcher looking to acquire computing resources, reach out to PSSC Labs, and we will help you find grant programs that are applicable to your specific research.  From the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation grant, to the Nation Institutes of Health’s S10 grant, our 25+ year background working with leading research universities has given us an intimate understanding of the funding channels that are available and the application strategies you should employ.

Whether or not funding is ultimately increased or decreased to these grant giving institutions, it never hurts to explore all available funding channels.  Talk to us about your research, and let PSSC Labs help you maximize your chances securing funding.


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