PRACE Preparatory Access

Information on the Call for Proposals for PRACE Preparatory Access.

The Call for Proposals for PRACE Preparatory Access is a continuously open call with regular cut-off dates.

The next cut-off date is:

  • 14 March 2016 – 24th cut-off

PRACE is currently in a transition phase to a new funding and governance model. Unfortunately, this necessitates a temporary reduction in the number of Tier-0 resources currently available.
The computer systems and their operations accessible through PRACE are provided for this the Preparatory 24th cut-off by 1 PRACE member (BSC representing Spain) – MareNostrum and MareNostrum Hybrid nodes will be available. Additional resources and computer systems are expected to be available for the next cut-off dates in 2016.

The indicative schedule of the PRACE Calls for Proposals for Preparatory Access is as follows:Quarterly cut off dates: 1st working day of the quarter (March; July; September; December)

Administrative Validation: 2 working days after the cut-off date

Award Decision: approx. 30 calendar days after the cut-off date

Access Start Date: Access is provided starting approx. 45 calendar days after the cut-off date.

Please note that access of the December cut-off date may be slightly delayed due to Christmas break


The process to access resources after the communication of the decision on allocation is two-fold:

  • Awardees are asked to confirm their availability and readiness to use the awarded resources during the stated period of time
  • Access is provided after receipt of a positive reply

The allocation decision, including the type of access, start/end dates, duration and the resources awarded is not open for negotiation.

As detailed in the Term of Access of the Call for Proposals, “the award of Preparatory Access proposals of types A, B and C is limited by the amount of resources available. For type C, there are also limitations regarding the availability of the support from experts (in terms of staff hours) and the type of expertise required.”

In case of oversubscription of a particular resource, resources will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to suitable proposals based on the submission date until the resources are exhausted.

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