PRACE 20th Call for Proposals for Project Access

Types of Access: Project Access

Opening Date: 20/09/2019 @ 13:21

Closing Date: 29/10/2019 @ 10:00 Brussels Time

Time until call closes:

Full Call Details:

Opening date: 20 September 2019
Closing date: 29 October 2019, 10:00 CET
Applicants’ reply to scientific reviews: Mid-January 2020
Submission of Progress Reports (Multi-year Projects) / Final Reports (Single-year Projects): 04 December 2019 @ 10:00 CET
Communication of allocation decision: End of March 2020
Allocation period for awarded proposals: 01 April 2020 – 31 March 2021
Type of Access (*): Single-year Project Access and Multi-year Project Access

(*) All proposals consist of 2 parts: An online form and the ‘Project scope and plan’. Please note that if you wish to continue work on a project that has finished or is ongoing, a new proposal (i.e. a continuation proposal) needs to be submitted in addition to a final/progress report.

Industry Access Pilot: Call 20 offers Principal Investigators from industry the possibility to apply for Single-year access to a special Industry Track which prioritises 10% of the total resources available (see Eligibility Criteria on page 8).

The computer systems (called Tier-0 systems) and their operations that are accessible through PRACE are provided for this 20th call by 5 PRACE hosting members: BSC representing Spain, CINECA representing Italy, ETH Zurich / CSCS representing Switzerland, GCS representing Germany and GENCI representing France.

Scientists and researchers can apply for access to PRACE resources. Industrial users can apply if they have their head offices or substantial R&D activity in Europe.

The Call is open to:
Project Access: Proposals can be based on a 12-months schedule (Single-year Projects), or, on a 24- or 36-months schedule (Multi-year Projects). The allocation of awarded resources is made 1 year at a time with provisional allocations awarded for the 2nd and 3rd year.

Additionally, the Call:

  • Reserves 0.5% of the total resources available for this call for Centres of Excellence (CoE) as selected by the European Commission under the E-INFRA-5-2015 call for proposals.
  • Includes an Industry Access track that prioritises 10% of the total resources available for this call for proposals for Single-year projects with a Principal Investigator from industry.

The PRACE Access Committee, composed of leading international scientists and engineers, ranks the proposals received and produces a recommendation to award PRACE resources based on scientific and technical excellence.

Call related documents

The following documents form the reference for this call:

  • The Terms of Reference can be found here.
  • The Technical Guidelines for Applicants can be found here.
  • The form for the Project Scope and Plan can be found here.

PRACE systems available in this call

System Architecture Site
Core Hours
(node hours)
Minimum request
(core hours)
HAWK HPE Apollo 9000 GCS@HLRS (DE) 345 million (2.7 million) 35 million
Joliot-Curie AMD BULL Sequana XH2000 GENCI@CEA (FR) 549 million (4.3 million) 15 million
Joliot-Curie SKL BULL Sequana X1000 GENCI@CEA (FR) 159 million (3.3 million) 15 million
Joliot-Curie KNL BULL Sequana X1000 GENCI@CEA (FR) 112 million (1.8 million) 15 million
JUWELS BULL Sequana X1000 GCS@JSC (DE) 70 million (1.5 million) 35 million
Marconi successor(**) GPU Cluster CINECA (IT) T.B.D. T.B.D.
MareNostrum Lenovo System BSC (ES) T.B.D. 30 million
Piz Daint Cray XC50 System ETH Zurich / CSCS (CH) 510 million (7.5 million) 68 million – Use of GPUs
SuperMUC-NG Lenovo ThinkSystem GCS@LRZ (DE) 121 million (2.5 million) 35 million

(**) Please consult Section 2 of the Call 20 Terms of Reference for important details on the availability and technical aspects of this system.

Call related links

  • The press release on the awarded projects can be found here.
  • Details of awarded projects can be found here.


Reports of projects will appear here.


Results of projects will appear here.