CY2017 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 intensive projects that would not be possible or productive without petascale computing. Requests that represent less than 1 percent of the total allocable time on the system may be more appropriate for another program.

Deadline Details: 

24 Jun 2016 08:00 PM EST: Full Proposals

Applications will be accepted only electronically starting Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 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 24, 2016.


Last year's call for proposals resulted in 56 projects (25 new, 31 renewals) awarded 5.8 billion core-hours for CY 2016. The acceptance rate for new proposals was 22 percent. Representative awards include the following: 

  • Combustion (351 million core-hours) "Evaluation of a 1000 MW Commercial Ultra Super-Critical Coal Boiler"
  • Astrophysics (47 million core-hours) "Magnetohydrodynamic Models of Accretion Including Radiation Transport"
  • Physical Chemistry (40 million core-hours) "Next-Generation Nanostructured Polymer Electrolytes by Molecular Design"
  • Materials Science (180 million core-hours) "Petascale Simulations of Self-Healing Nanomaterials"
  • Biophysics (100 million core-hours) "Characterizing Large-Scale Structural Transitions in Membrane Transporters"

The complete list of awards is available here.


Overview. INCITE issues an annual call for proposals of high-impact, computationally intensive research campaigns in a broad array of science, engineering, and computer science domains. Individuals and teams of researchers from academia, national laboratories, and industry are eligible to apply, and awards of one, two, or three years are granted. If you answer "yes" to the following questions, INCITE may be right for you:

  • Is your science campaign outpacing the computing resources available to you?
  • Do you have a long-term vision for your research campaign, over a period of years rather than months?
  • Can your workflow and data management strategies allow you to effectively use an INCITE-sized award?

Resources. Awards of time are made on the leadership-class systems at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). Sixty percent of time on the leadership-class systems (the Cray XK7 at ORNL and the IBM Blue Gene/Q at ANL) is allocated through INCITE.

Awards are expected to be announced in November 2016. Access to a computing system, granted over the 2017 calendar year, will be established upon completion of the appropriate agreements and in accordance with center-specific procedures. Please direct questions about the application procedure to the INCITE manager at