PRACE: Support to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic: Fast Track Call for Proposals


PRACE: Support to Mitigate Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic is a recently opened call to request the use of computing resources for studies that may contribute to the mitigation of the COVID-10 pandemic. Thus far, a little over ten projects have already been awarded. The programme remains open for applications until further notice.

Themes for which you can apply include, but are not limited to:

  • Biomolecular research to understand the mechanisms of the virus infection
  • Bioinformatics research to understand mutations, evolution, etc.
  • Bio-simulations to develop therapeutics and/or vaccines
  • Epidemiologic analysis to understand and forecast the spread of the disease
  • Other analyses to understand and mitigate the impact of the pandemic

General Criteria

  • The computing resources will be used for research that contributes to the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Overall, it is assumed that projects will have a duration of 3 to 6 months and comprise around 30 to 50 million core hours. However, it is possible to divert from this assumption.
  • Research results should be published as soon as possible as preprint and through open data policy. In addition, the use of relevant computing resources and PRACE RI must be acknowledged.

Who Can Apply?

  • Researchers working:
    • Within academic institutes in Europe
    • Within other research institutes in Europe
    • Within a commercial organisation in Europe

Eligible Costs

  • The computing resources that can be requested under this programme include:
  • Joliot-Curie, Bull Sequana X1000 / XH2000, GENCI@CEA, France
    • HAWK, HPE Apollo, GCS@HLRS, Germany
    • JUWELS, BULL Sequana X1000 / XH2000, GCS@JSC, Germany
    • SuperMUC-NG, Lenovo ThinkSystem, GCS@LRZ, Germany
    • Marconi 100, IBM Power 9 AC922 Whiterspoon, CINECA, Italy
    • MareNostrum 4, Lenovo System, BSC, Spain
    • Piz Daint, Cray XC50 System, ETH Zurich / CSCS, Switzerland
  • Other computing resources offered through the PRACE-ICEI call may also be requested (see https://prace-
  • Additional resources, such as support to adapt the tool chain to the computing and data infrastructure, can also be requested.


The application should comprise:

  • A brief description of scientific goals and objectives (1 page)
  • The required computing resources (0.5 page)
  • A description of the research methods, algorithms, and tool chain (0.5 page)
  • If necessary, a description of any special needs

Review Criteria

  • Significance of the proposal in relation to the call
  • Soundness of methodology and tools requested to address the objectives
  • Technical feasibility, meaning the codes and tools are available and tested on the target systems (or there is a reasonable plan to achieve this in the short term)  

The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide a quick overview of the objectives, structure, and conditions of this grant programme. No conclusions can be drawn on the basis of this information. Moreover, this document has no legal status.

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