CY2018 Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Program


The INCITE program is open to US- and non-US-based researchers and research organizations needing large allocations of computer time, supporting resources, and data storage to pursue transformational advances in science and engineering. INCITE considers requests regardless of funding source.

The intent of INCITE is to support large-scale, computationally demanding projects that would not be possible or productive without petascale computing or other aspects of the architecture and/or infrastructure associated with such resources. In addition to traditional computationally intensive simulation campaigns, INCITE encourages projects with unique data requirements (e.g. large scale data analytics) or workflow needs that can only be enabled by the LCFs. Requests that represent less than 1 percent of the total allocable time on the system and that do not make a strong case for the need for leadership computing resources may be more appropriate for another program.

The program encourages community proposals that reflect community consensus on, and participation in pursuing, a particular investigative strategy for addressing a grand-challenge-scale science problem. This consensus should be in large part reflected in the proposals management plan, which describes how the problem will be tackled and the interrelationship of the activities of each of the proposal team investigators.

The program does not encourage umbrella proposals, which is defined to be a collection of individual proposals aimed at various aspects of a particular science problem but with no clearly articulated interrelationship of the activities of each of the proposal team investigators and/or that do not exploit the unique capabilities of the leadership facilities.

Deadline Details: 

Applications will be accepted only electronically starting Monday, April 17, 2017, and in accordance with these instructions. INCITE reserves the right to decline consideration of proposals not compliant with these instructions. New proposals will be accepted until a call deadline of 8:00 pm EDT on Friday, June 23, 2017. Awards are expected to be announced in November 2017. Please direct questions about the application procedure to the INCITE manager at

The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program promotes transformational advances in science and technology for computationally intensive, large-scale research projects through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (LCF) centers, operated by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. INCITE seeks research enterprises for capability computing: production simulations-including ensembles-that use a large fraction of the LCF systems or require the unique LCF architectural infrastructure for high-impact projects that cannot be performed anywhere else.

INCITE is currently soliciting proposals of research for awards of time on the 27-petaflop Cray XK7, "Titan," and the 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q, "Mira," beginning calendar year (CY) 2018. Over six billion core-hours will be allocated for CY 2018. Average awards per project for CY 2018 are expected to be on the order of 75 million core-hours for Titan and 100 million core-hours for Mira, but could be as much as several hundred million core hours for individual awards. Proposals may be for up to three years.