Energy Department to Issue Upcoming FOA for High-Performance Computing for Materials Program

February 28, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) High-Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) program seeks qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE’s national laboratories.

These projects will receive funding support from DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy (FE), and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), subject to appropriations. This funding will support selected industry partners’ access to the national laboratories’ high-performance computing (HPC) facilities and expertise to help address key challenges in developing, modifying, and qualifying new or modified materials that can perform well in extreme environments. With access to the labs’ unique capabilities, industry will be able to apply HPC, modeling, simulation, and data analysis to make needed material advancements.

Proposed projects must demonstrate the potential for lower-cost alternatives to existing materials, the potential for energy savings, and/or the potential for reduced development time and time to market. Selected participants will conduct project activities across the various HPC areas of expertise, including development and optimization of modeling and simulation codes, porting and scaling of applications, application of data analytics, as well as applied research and development of tools or methods.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) with greater detail about this opportunity in the next few weeks. The forthcoming FOA will outline specific topics of interest for each office—FE, FCTO, and VTO—supporting this solicitation.

The HPC4Mtls program aims to enable a step change in the cost, development time, and performance of materials in severe environments—while saving millions of dollars in fuel and maintenance across sectors—through collaborations between industry and the national laboratory system.