National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme Call For Applications for 2014

Applications for Merit Allocation access to MASSIVE are now open. The closing date for applications has been moved to Friday, 8 November 2013 to compensate for delays in opening the application round. 

The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) enables researchers from all over Australia to access commonwealth-funded high performance compute facilities on merit, regardless of their location. The National Computational Merit Allocation Committee will undertake assessments of requests for computational and data storage resources, and determine allocations of computational and data storage resources for open access shares on facilities in the national computational fabric which are open to researchers from publicly-funded research institutions.

The linked PDF document describes changes in the application process for the 2014 application round. Applicants should carefully read this document in full before starting or updating an application. The revised application guidelines can also be viewed online at:

Application procedures for 2014 differ slightly from previous years. Notable changes are:

    1. Each researcher can be a Chief Investigator on only one application,
    2. Proposal length and rigour will depend on the allocation requested,
    3. Requests will be quantised within application categorised (by size,)
    4. Special allocations will be made to accommodate early career researchers.

In particular, small applications will not be required to fill in a long application. Please see suggested application length below:

Application Expected Words Expected pages
5,000,000 (5 MSU)  1500 words  6 pages 
1,000,000 - 4,000,000 (1-4 MSU) 1000 words  4 pages
100,000 - 1,000,000 (0.1-1 MSU) 500 words  2 pages
Less than 100,000 (< 100 KSU) 250 words

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*** Please read the attached application information document in full, and take note of the revised closing date of 8 November 2013 before starting your application. ***

Please forward this message and attachment to interested colleagues.

Consult the NCI web site ( or contact NCMAS Administration ( if you have any questions about the application process.


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