Applying to use HPC services

The next cut-off date for applications to use: ARCHER2 from October 2020 to 31 March 2021 will be Friday 25th September 2020. These applications will be considered by the HPC steering committee in October. Please note that we will no longer accept late applications, these will be considered at the next bi-annual committee meeting. We are no longer accepting applications for NEXCS as NERC’s HPC Strategy Committee has taken the difficult decision that NEXCS will not be available beyond 31 January 2021. Flexibility to participate in future remains (funds permitting). This is to obtain best value for money for the NERC HPC community, and released funds will be invested in ARCHER2 resource. The Monsoon2 service continues.

We welcome new applicants to NERC's High Performance Computing Facilities. Before applying, all applicants must contact the relevant consortia leader (contact details below).

It is essential that applicants indicate on the Je-S form - in the section titled 'Summary of Resources Required for Project' - that use of research council facilities will be required, otherwise NERC cannot guarantee access to HPC. Those who have stated a need for research council facilities will have priority of access to HPC. Costs are not required. Please also refer to the 'Current policy on access to HPC' (available in the Downloads section).

Consortia leaders

Atmospheric & Polar Sciences Consortium
Dr Grenville Lister
National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Department of Meteorology
University of Reading

Mineral & Geophysics Consortium
Professor John Brodholt
Department of Earth Sciences
University College London (UCL)

Oceanography & Shelf Seas Consortium
Dr Andrew Coward
Ocean Modelling & Forecasting Group
National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Southampton

If you are unsure which of the three consortia is most appropriate for your application, please contact Dr Andrew Coward in the first instance.

Large grant applications

Please refer to the guidelines (available in the Downloads section) and the research grants & fellowships handbook before applying. Applications for large grants must:

  • be discussed with the relevant consortia leader (see details above)
  • state an estimate of the total HPC use in Allocation Units (AU)
  • be accompanied by the HPC 'new' form (available in the Downloads section) when more than 160 million AU are required in any one year.

What to do once you have been awarded NERC funding

Once your application has been approved for funding, and following receipt of your award letter, you will need to submit the 'new' HPC form.

Please note that the main allocations for HPC are made at a Steering Committee meeting in spring (typically March) of each year, with allocations awarded from April to March of the following year. For each subsequent year of usage, users must update their request by submitting a Continuation Form for each grant utilising HPC. These requests are also reviewed at the annual spring meeting of the HPC Steering Committee. Any applications received outside of the spring time frame will be assessed at an autumn Steering Committee Meeting or, if urgent, via email, as appropriate.

Applying for eCSE

Information about embedded CSE - external link - (eCSE) support is available on the ARCHER website.


General NERC HPC enquiries:
Kat Scott
01793 411671

Service enquiries:
ARCHER helpdesk
0131 650 5029