NCI's AI Flagship Scheme provides access to cutting-edge AI infrastructure at NCI, including GPUs, CPUs and specialised AI hardware accelerators.
What are the benefits?
Access to High-Performance AI Infrastructure: This access will greatly enhance the computational power available for your research and business development.
Technical Support: The NCI team offers AI experts and technical support for the development and deployment of complex AI models and algorithms, ultimately advancing your research and business outcomes.
Collaboration Opportunities: The scheme fosters collaboration among AI researchers. We anticipate seeing interdisciplinary collaborations and knowledge exchange that can result from participation in this program.
Training and Workshops: NCI will organise dedicated training support to advance continuous learning and skill development in the rapidly evolving field of AI.
The AI Flagship at NCI aims to catalyse AI progress, address critical challenges, promote ethical AI development, foster collaboration, nurture talent, fuel economic growth, establish leadership, and make AI resources accessible to a broader audience. This flagship acts as a driving force behind the positive impact that AI can have on society.
Applicants are expected to hold a substantive appointment at an Australian university or publicly-funded research organisation, or related industry, and have a strong track record in their respective areas of AI/ML. Applicants are not required to have existing grant funding to apply to the AI Flagship Scheme.
Information for Applicants
|20 September 2023||Call for Applications Opens|
|25 September 2023||Online Information Session|
|22 October 2023||Application Submission Deadline (11pm AEDT)|
|Early December 2023||Allocations Announced|
|1 January 2024||Allocations Start|
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the eligibility requirements?
Applicants are expected to hold a substantive appointment at an Australian university or publicly-funded research organisation, or related industry, and have a strong track record in their respective areas of AI/ML.
2. How often will the AI Flagship Scheme open to applications?
The Adapter scheme will run twice per year, with applications opening around October and May each year.
3. How much compute is available per quarter?
NCI is making 20 MSU available through the AI Flagship scheme each round. Individual allocations will be between 1 and 2 MSU.
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?
The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme caters for hundreds of leading research groups each year with resources ranging from 500 KSU to around 20 MSU. Applications open in August and close in early October each year.
7. Are researchers from a Publicly Funded Research Agency (PFRA) eligible to apply?
Yes, a researcher from a PFRA can apply for the AI Flagship Scheme.