Applying to use high performance computing services - NERC

We welcome new applicants to NERC’s High Performance Computing Facilities (HPC).

HPC Deadlines (these do not vary from year to year):

  • 28th February: All those expecting to use NERC’s HPC from April to March of the current year should submit a form
  • 30th September: For new projects funded after the February deadline only

Projects funded between theses dates requiring urgent access will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Before applying, all applicants must contact the relevant consortium leader.

Consortia leaders

Atmospheric and Polar Sciences Consortium

Dr Grenville Lister

National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS)
Department of Meteorology
University of Reading

Mineral and Geophysics Consortium

Professor John Brodholt

Department of Earth Sciences
University College London (UCL)

Oceanography and Shelf Seas Consortium

Dr Andrew Coward

Ocean Modelling & Forecasting Group
National Oceanography Centre (NOC) Southampton

If you are unsure which of the three consortia is most appropriate for your application, please contact Dr Andrew Coward in the first instance.

It is essential that applicants indicate that use of research council facilities will be required on the Je-S form in the section called ‘Summary of resources required for project’ section’, otherwise NERC cannot guarantee access to HPC. Those who have stated a need for research council facilities will have priority of access to HPC. Costs are not required. Please also refer to the current policy on access to HPC.

Large grant applications

Please refer to the guidelines and the research grants and fellowships handbook before applying. Applications for large grants must:

  • be discussed with the relevant consortium leader
  • state an estimate of the total HPC use in allocation units
  • be accompanied by the HPC new form when more than 500 thousand compute units (500 kCU) are required in any one year..

HPC new form and supporting guidelines

What to do once you have been awarded NERC funding

Once your application has been approved for funding, and following receipt of your award letter, you will need to submit the new HPC ‘new’ form.

Please note that the main allocations for HPC are made at a steering committee meeting in spring (typically March) of each year, with allocations awarded from April to March of the following year.

For each subsequent year of usage, users must update their request by submitting a continuation form for each grant utilising HPC. These requests are also reviewed at the annual spring meeting of the HPC steering committee. Any applications received outside of the spring time frame will be assessed at an autumn steering committee meeting or, if urgent, via email, as appropriate.

Applying for eCSE

Information about embedded CSE support is available on the ARCHER2 website.


General NERC HPC enquiries

Dr Charlotte Clarke


Service enquiries

ARCHER2 helpdesk


Telephone: +44 (0)131 650 5000

Last updated: 20 September 2022

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