ACCESS Allocation Opportunities


The ACCESS Allocations service will be accepting proposals for large-scale allocations from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. For U.S. researchers new to the NSF cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, and especially for researchers with XSEDE allocations set to expire at the end of 2022, you should take this opportunity to determine how you best fit into the new ACCESS environment.

With the launch of ACCESS, we’ve made many changes to the allocations environment, including the scale of projects that are considered “large.” Many projects that formerly had to submit an annual allocation proposal under XSEDE may now fit within one of the streamlined ACCESS opportunities for small or medium-sized projects.

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For such projects, you can now make one request with a much shorter allocations proposal and be set for the full length of your research activity. You can also make these requests at any time, so for you, the October deadline may not even apply. 

Read the overview of the ACCESS opportunities to see where your project fits. Again, many of the changes are designed to eliminate the annual,10-page proposals from researchers with modest resource needs. You may benefit immediately from these changes.

However, if you find that your research activities are considered to be a large-scale project, you’ll need to submit a proposal to what we call the Maximize ACCESS opportunity ahead of the October 15 deadline. If this applies to you, we’re carrying over the XSEDE rules for this first round so you don’t have to worry about whether you need to change anything. You’ll notice that, for now, the instructions on the Maximize ACCESS page are quite literally the prior XSEDE instructions.

If you’re interested in assisting the national research and educational community by reviewing ACCESS allocation requests, you can sign up to join the ACCESS allocations review committee.

To apply for an allocation, start here. Much of this information is also shared in the ACCESS newsletter and across our social media feeds. Follow us to keep up to date on important information and announcements:

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