13th Call for Proposals

For each Call the RAC produces a set of documentation that includes a number of forms that every applicant must complete. The RAC also provides a comprehensive set of guidance notes.  

In addition to the scientific proposal application form, applicants must also submit a technical case (one per proposal).  The technical case must be submitted at least two months before the call closing date.

13th Call for Proposals Documentation

The Announcement, Forms and Guidance Notes for the 13th Call can be accessed at the links below are below.


The DiRAC Resource Allocation Committee 13th Call for Proposals will be opening shortly. The UK theory and modelling communities in Astronomy and Cosmology, Astrophysics, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics will be invited to apply for computational resources on the STFC DiRAC HPC Facility.

The deadline for proposal submissions to the 13th Call will be as follows:

  • Technical Case deadline: Tuesday 4th August 2020 17:00 UK time
  • RSE Support deadline: Tuesday 4th August 2020 17:00 UK time
  • Full proposal submission deadline: Thursday 1st October 2020 17:00 UK time

Please note that all applicants must submit a technical case by the 4th August deadline, otherwise a full proposal submission will not be accepted.

Successful awards will be scheduled to begin on 1st April 2021.

All proposal types will be accepted at this call, including Research Software Engineering Support. Seedcorn proposals can be submitted at any time (you can find more information here).

The application forms and guidance notes, plus descriptions of the DiRAC services will be available here shortly.

Technical case and RSE support webinars:

To assist applicants in the preparation of technical cases and RSE support requests, DiRAC will be running two webinars for potential applicants as follows:

  • Technical case webinar: Wednesday 3rd June 2020.

    DiRAC Webinar: The RAC Technical Assessment
    1400 BST, Wed 3 June 2020
    Andy Turner, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
    Join here.

    In this webinar we will introduce the DiRAC RAC Technical Assessment (TA) form and process. We will walk through a sample completed TA form explaining what details are required and why to help you prepare for the recently opened DiRAC RAC call. We will also describe the TA process and what you can expect from your technical reviewer. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and questions throughout the webinar.
  • RSE Support webinar: Wednesday 10th June 2020.

    DiRAC Webinar: Applying for RSE Support
    1400 BST, Wed 10 June 2020
    Andy Turner, EPCC, The University of Edinburgh
    Join here.

    The DiRAC Research Software Engineering (RSE) team provides support for improving software running on DiRAC facilities. These improvements can cover a range of different areas, including: adding new functionality, improving the sustainability of the software, understanding and investigating performance issues, optimising the performance and improving the scalability. In this webinar we will describe how DiRAC researchers can access support from the RSE team to improve their research using DiRAC facilities and what support they can expect. As well as the main presentation, there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.


Enquiries should be directed as follows:

  • RAC process and remit: STFC Swindon Office (email)
  • Technical questions: Technical Working Group (email)
  • Direct allocations or discretionary requests: DiRAC Deputy Director and Project Scientist, Dr Clare Jenner (email)

Categories: Allocations