Please submit the complete project proposal for a compute project at the two NHR centers, NHR@ZIB and NHR@Göttingen, via the service portal. A project proposal contains four parts which are described in the sections below.

  1. meta data
  2. main proposal
  3. public abstract
  4. a signed letter

After submission, the proposal is reviewed by the external Scientific Board. Each reviewer obtains access to

  • the project proposal,
  • the history of previous projects,

  • contact data of the consultant, and
  • aggregated statistics for  usage of computung time on the NHR systems.

Meta Data

During the course of online submission, the project proposer needs to provide some metadata on the service portal. This includes information about

  • the principal investigator (scientist holding a PhD),
  • the person in charge of submitting the proposal,
  • project partners,
  • other evaluations and funding for the project,
  • usage of other compute resources,
  • project lifetime,
  • software requirements (please check availability with your consultant before),
  • requirements in units core hour (at least 1200 k core hour per year, see Accounting in Core Hours), and
  • storage requirements.

Main Proposal

The main proposal

  • needs to be uploaded as a prepared document in PDF format,
  • is written in English,
  • can be written in LaTeX based on the main_proposal_template_v1.3. This template includes all relevant aspects like project description, computational facets and resource estimation. The LaTeX template includes both proposal types: initial and follow-up.

We recommend to use the following layout, depending on the Proposal type:

The LaTeX template / pdf samples internally differentiate between a normal and a short version in case of whitelist status. For more details, look inside the template/samples.

Whitelist status presupposes that you are part of an active DFG/BMBF/NHR/GCS or EU project, which explicitly describes HPC resource requirements. Please remember: to proof your "whitelist status", you must upload the corresponding project proposal and its review report to the online portal.

Please avoid:
  • Imprecise or incomprehensible estimation of requested computational resources (especially core-hours); for example, missing arguments to justify a certain number of N runs instead of a smaller number. One page is our recommended minimum.
  • No proof, that the software to be used is suitable and efficient for parallel execution (and parallel I/O) on our current HPC systems architecture. Recycling a scalability demo by a third party is meaningless, without showing that your planned production run is fully comparable to it (algorithm selection within the software, I/O pattern, machine architecture, problem size per core).
  • The overall aim and/or motivation behind the project is unclear.
  • The applicant lacks HPC/Unix skills and an experienced co-applicant is missing.
  • Insufficiency of the applicant's local resources is not indicated.
  • The NHR and/or HLRN was not mentioned in relevant publications.
  • Cut & paste of previous/parallel proposals.

In case of questions, please contact your consultant.

Public Abstract

All present, compute projects that have been successfully reviewed by the Scientific Board are listed on the project list. Each proposal for a compute project needs to submit a public abstract in PDF format based on the public abstract template (English/German). It should be generally understandable.

The abstract is written in English or in German and should contain about 2 pages.

Signed Letter (e-mail) 

By the end of the online submission process, an email is sent to the PI by the service portal. This also indicates that your application is successfully submitted. The PI is requested to print and sign the document and finally to send it to the Office of the Scientific Board.