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NCI Flagship Allocation Scheme

The NCI Flagship Allocation Scheme is designed for projects identified by the NCI Board as being of high-impact or national strategic importance.

Resources available under this scheme include:

  • HPC services
  • Data-intensive (including cloud) services
  • Storage services

Current Flagship Projects

The currently supported projects under NCI’s Flagship Allocation Scheme are:

  • Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence
    • ARC CoE for Climate System Science—led by the University of NSW, and involving the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and the University of Tasmania;
    • ARC CoE for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)—led by the University of Sydney, and involving the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, Swinburne University , the University of Western Australia, and Curtin University of Technology;
    • ARC CoE for Ultrahigh-bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS, photonics)—led by the University of Sydney, and involving the Australian National University, Macquarie University, Monash University, RMIT University, Swinburne University, the University of Technology, Sydney;
    • ARC CoE in Future Low-Energy Electronics Technologies – established at Monash University
    • ARC CoE in Exciton Science, linking the University of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT University, UNSW and the University of Sydney;
    • ARC CoE for Nanoscale Biophotonics (CNBP), led by RMIT University.
    • Super Science Fellowships at UNSW (3 fellows) and Monash University (2 fellows)—aligned with the climate and earth system science priority of the current HPC investments by government;
    • DIICCSRTE Australian Space Research Project: “Unlocking the Landsat Archive”—led by Lockheed-Martin Australia and Geoscience Australia;
    • Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (TERN) e-MAST Project—funded from NCRIS and Super Science Initiatives;
    • Support for the demonstration of highly scaling codes in astrophysics, through a separate merit-based allocation process run by Astronomy Australia.

In all cases, the activities which are supported:

  • Have demonstrated their national significance or research merit through rigorous assessment processes (e.g., the assessment process of the ARC and other external granting agencies), or their association with national research priorities, or have an associated merit-based allocations scheme;
  • Are provided with a block allocation that is internally allocated and managed by the project, and which provides the project with increased certainty of allocation, and an increased competitive edge relative to international peers.

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