Office of Fossil Energy

Department of Energy To Issue Upcoming Solicitation for High Performance Computing Initiative

October 24, 2018

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative will issue its first joint solicitation between the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program and the High Performance Computing for Manufacturing (HPC4Mfg) Program in November 2018. This solicitation will seek qualified industry partners to participate in short-term, collaborative projects with DOE’s national laboratories.

The solicitation will be the second for HPC4Mtls Program and the seventh for the HPC4Mfg Program. The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) leads the HPC4Mtls Program with support from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO). EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) leads the HPC4Mfg Program.

Both of these programs aim to provide industry access to the national laboratories’ high-performance computing (HPC) facilities and expertise to help address key challenges in U.S. manufacturing and material development.

Proposed projects must demonstrate the potential to impact energy efficiency in manufacturing and material development with the potential for broader national impact. Projects must also use HPC modeling and simulation to overcome significant manufacturing-process and material-development challenges—resulting in lower energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

Eligibility is limited to entities that manufacture products in the United States for commercial applications and the organizations that support them. DOE will award selected projects up to $300,000 to support computing cycles and work performed by the national lab partners. Selected industry partners must provide a participant contribution of at least 20 percent of the DOE funding for the project. The HPC4EI Program anticipates making multiple awards, subject to the availability of funding, for the HPC4Mfg and HPC4Mtls programs.

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, VTO, and AMO—supporting this solicitation. All DOE national laboratories are eligible to participate.

Read the full Notice of Intent here