The call is now open until March 31, 2023.
The Call for High Performance Computing (HPC) Centers aims to support the acquisition of high performance computing equipment that can provide computational infrastructure to conduct research in all areas of knowledge that are intensive in computing resources. The resources necessary for the development of the infrastructure of the facilities to receive the high performance computing equipment are considered to be the responsibility of the proponent institutions and constitute the required counterpart for the presentation of the proposal. In addition, proposers must demonstrate a proven track record as an HPC center.
This program has the nature of creating infrastructure and is not intended to provide conventional funding for research projects that will eventually take advantage of the infrastructure supported here, and the support for the realization of such research projects should be sought in the lines of funding for research.
A portion of the maintenance costs of the equipment to be purchased may be requested in this Call. However, it is expected that proposals submitted to this Call will also propose other ways to cover equipment maintenance costs. No funds may be requested to cover costs for the maintenance of the building infrastructure and support for computer equipment, such as air conditioning and the like, which should be covered by funds contributed by the proponent institutions or from other sources. Furthermore, the costs of salaries and other charges related to the support staff that this Call for Proposals foresees should be available for the operation of the center cannot be requested in the proposals submitted to this Call for Proposals and are the sole responsibility of the proposing institutions. The proponents may foresee, in their business plan, charging for the provision of the services, provided that some level of gratuity is offered to users from academic institutions.
This Call is open to Education or Research Institutions from all over Brazil, consortium or not, to support 1 center in the state of São Paulo and 1 or 2 centers in other Brazilian states, in a total amount of up to R$ 100 million. The center based in São Paulo may receive, in this Call, resources of up to R$ 50 million, and must meet the demand for high performance computing services within the entire state of São Paulo. The centers located in other states may receive resources of up to R$ 25 million, in the case of non-consortium projects, or up to R$ 50 million in the case of a consortium of several institutions that meet the demand for high performance computing services nationwide.
This Call is launched in the scope of FAPESP’s Multiuser Equipment Program – EMU and has an infra-structural nature.