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NCI's Adapter access scheme provides quarterly resource allocations on our high-performance Gadi supercomputer, Nirin cloud and global filesystems.

In response to demand for a scheme that allows for flexible access to high-performance computing and cloud, NCI is launching a new merit-based access scheme. The new Adapter scheme will facilitate access to data, enable high-throughput computing, and support other new and emerging ways of engaging with Tier-1 high-performance computing and high-performance data resources.

Adapter is designed to identify meritorious research projects that need flexible compute access over a short period. This scheme caters for those users who need smaller compute and data resources in short bursts, rather than those who need millions of compute hours over the course of a whole year.

The first general call for applications for the Adapter Scheme is now open for allocations starting in July for Quarter 3.

All fields of research are eligible and encouraged to apply to the Adapter Scheme.

Q3 Adapter allocations of up to 250 kSU per project will be valid for a 3-month period from 1 July 2022 – 30 September 2022.

Adapter Scheme Q3 Key Dates
Dates Event
29 April 2022 Call for Applications Opens
17 May 2022 Online Information Session
27 May 2022 Application Submission Deadline (5pm AEST)
20 June 2022 Allocations Announced
1 July 2022 Allocations Start

Information for Applicants

Adapter Scheme Information for Applicants

Adapter Scheme Q3 Key Dates and Information

Adapter Scheme Q3 Key Dates and Information


1. What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible to apply, applicants must have support from an ARC or NHMRC grant, or a Fellowship from their university.

2. How often will the Adapter scheme open to applications?
The Adapter scheme will run on a quarter-by-quarter schedule, meaning that in each quarter a new call will open for the following quarter. This fast turnaround is intended to add to the flexibility of access as researchers can adjust their application based on short term goals and apply only when they need access.

3. How much compute is available per quarter?
Each quarter NCI is making 20 MSU available through the Adapter scheme. Individual allocations are a maximum of 250 KSU per quarter.

4. Can new users apply?
Yes! We encourage new users to apply to this scheme. 

5. Does it matter if I want to use GPUs or CPUs?
No! Proposals utilising Gadi CPU or GPU (or both) capabilities will be accepted.

6. Are there other access schemes that I can apply for?
Adapter is NCI’s third merit-based access scheme, joining the annual Australasian Leadership Computing Grants (ALCG) and the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS). ALCG is designed to support the largest and most ambitious computational research projects with allocations up to 50 MSU, while NCMAS caters for hundreds of leading research groups each year with resources ranging from 500 KSU to around 20 MSU.

7. Are researchers from a Publicly Funded Research Agency (PFRA) eligible to apply?
A researcher from a PFRA can be a CI on an Adapter application, but they cannot be a Lead CI.