Development Projects

These projects are meant for work on codes and algorithms.

Projects of more than 36'000 node hours  are granted based on scientific merit and technical feasibility. Development Projects of less than 36'000 node hours on the Cray XC50 will be admitted based on technical evaluation only. 

Development projects on systems other than Crays will be discussed case by case.

Development Project Submission

If you wish to submit a Large Development Project Proposal you need to have (in pdf format): 

  1. your development project proposal including all the mandatory items listed below
  2. your curriculum vitae 
  3. your list of publications 

***Proposal submission is now closed! You can only submit at the next deadline on May 11, 2018 at 18 CEST!***

If you wish to submit a Small Development Project Proposal you do not need a form. Please just send your proposal together with the CV and the publication list in pdf format to: projectoffice(at)

Small Development Project Proposal can also be submitted at any time and are not restricted by any deadline.

Who can apply? 

Proposers must hold at least the position of post-doc within their institution. 

PhD students CANNOT apply on their own, but instead must do so in consultation with, and under the auspices of, their supervisor. In such cases the supervisor should be identified as the Principal Investigator (PI) of the project. 

Project Proposal Format 

Small projects (< 36'000 node hours on the Cray XC50, up to 1 year; proposal up to 5 A4 pages) 

  1. Brief statement of your goals
  2. Brief description of research method 
  3. Outline of development
    3.1. Current status of software, benchmarks and scaling 
    3.2. Algorithms and implementation (clear description of the algorithm development is required)
    3.3. Programming and parallelization approach 
  4. Infrastructural requirements (type of hardware, debuggers, etc.) 

The allocations of small development projects on other CSCS systems are discussed case by case.

Please note that the same research group can submit ONLY ONE small development project per year!

We allow a max 5 accounts per small project.

Please, send your Small Development Project in pdf format to: projectoffice(at)

The proposal description applies also if you are interested in Tavé, the Cray XC40, Iron Compute (KNL). However, this is 1 cabinet system therefore the resources available are very limited (that is the 36'000 node hours maximum will not apply).

Large projects (> 36'000 node hours per year, up to 3 years; proposal up to 10 A4 pages) 

  1. Intended applications: Outline of background and significance 
  2. Intended applications: Scientific goals and objectives 
  3. Description of research methods and algorithm development
  4. Outline of development 
    4.1. Current status of software, benchmarks and scaling 
    4.2. Algorithms and implementation (clear description of the algorithm development is required)
    4.3. Programming and parallelization approach 
    4.4. Project plans: tasks and milestones 
  5.  Resource justification 
  6. Infrastructural requirements (type of hardware, debuggers, etc.) 
  7. Duration of the project (up to 3 years)
  8. You can suggest up to two scientific peer reviewers (indicate name, affiliation and contact) and ask to exclude up to 2 reviewers via an email to projectoffice[at] or alternatively to mgg[at]

The allocation requested must be per year, that is you need to provide the total number of node hours required for the first year of your project. 

Large development project proposals can ask up to 999'999 node hours in the national calls for proposals, if 1 Mio node hours or more is needed PIs should apply under the PRACE Tier-0 calls ».

Please note that lack of any of the mandatory parts may result in rejection of the proposal.

full template of the technical description of the proposal can be found here » 

Review Process

Small development projects (< 36'000 node hours) 

  • Complete proposals will be assessed by technical evaluation. Technically reasonable proposals will be accepted.

Large development projects (> 36'000 node hours)

  • Complete proposals will be subjected to technical feasibility assessment.
  • Technically feasible proposals will be passed forward to scientific review, conducted by reviewers from an international pool
  • Based on technical and scientific reviews a panel committee of scientific experts will rate the proposals and make a final allocation recommendation

Applicants do not receive intermediate feedbacks, the communication will only happen within 2-3 weeks from the SAC meeting.


There are two allocation periods for Production Projects and Large Development Projects on CSCS HPC systems starting on:

April 1st and October 1st

Spring Allocation Period:  

April 1st, 2018

Fall Allocation Period:

October 1st, 2018

Spring Allocation Period:

April 1st, 2019

Deadline for Submission October 15th, 2017 at 18:00 CESTMay 11th, 2018 at 18:00 CESTOctober 19th, 2018 at 18:00 CEST

Feasibility and Technical Feedback (for reviewers only)

November 24th,  2017June 29th,  2018November 23rd, 2018
Scientific Feedback (for reviewers only)November 24th,  2017June 29th, 2018November 23rd, 2018
Panel Committee Meeting & Allocation DecisionMarch 2017September 2018March 2019
Official Letters to ProposersWithin the following 2 weeksWithin the following 2 weeksWithin the following 2 weeks

Renewal Reports

Please click here » for information on the renewal report.