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NSCI Overview

The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is a whole-of-nation effort to accelerate scientific discovery and economic competitiveness by maximizing the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment.

On July 29, 2015, the NSCI was established with NSF as one of three lead agencies together with the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy. NSCI calls on NSF to play a leadership role in scientific discovery advances, the broader HPC ecosystem for scientific discovery, and workforce development. An NSCI Strategic Plan was made public in July 2016.

The NSCI aims to address five strategic objectives:

  1. Accelerate delivery of a capable exascale computing system;
  2. Increase coherence between technology for modeling/simulation and data analytics;
  3. Establish a viable path forward in the "post-Moore's Law" era;
  4. Increase the capacity and capability of an enduring national HPC ecosystem; and
  5. Develop U.S. government, industry, and academic collaborations to share the benefits.

NSF is primarily focusing on objectives two through four, and will also contribute to basic research towards extreme-scale computing (objective one) and strengthening public-private collaborations through existing programs (objective five).

NSF Funding Opportunities

NSF addresses the NSCI through a number of existing funding opportunities, including core research programs. The list of NSF funding opportunities below is meant to be illustrative of the types of the programs that align with the NSCI.

Currently Accepting Proposals

Not Currently Accepting Proposals

Community Workshops

Community input is an integral part of addressing NSCI at NSF. Below are a number of workshops that relate to NSCI.

Other Resources

For more information about NSCI at NSF, please email: nsci@nsf.gov


Last updated: 4.11.18