Project Application Help

Your application and associated materials for additional project resources (RUs) will be reviewed at our bi-monthly Allocation Committee meetings.


Negative Balance?

Per our general negative balance policy:

  • restricted once resources are depleted
  • an application submission once sent for peer review, will lift the restriction in order to compute
  • you may continue to compute until your negative balance reaches half of your current request or half of your last award, whichever is smaller.

You need to submit a renewal application. Remember, the negative balance will be taken from the future award.

Details on how to submit a renewal can be found in our Client Portal documentation.


Project Storage?
If you are interested in our project storage system, please see the requirements on this webpage. You will need to fill out this formWe do NOT accept project storage applications with RU applications. 


Please refer to the table below for information on our different project levels. 

For details on how to apply for a project, please review our Client Portal documentation.

Level RUs Purpose Files Required
(PDF preferred)
Startup 5,000 Project for Ohio academics to begin work with OSC.
  • CV/Resume
Beginning project for Ohio academic eligible PIs; one startup per PI. 

Allow 1-3 business days.
Classroom 5,000 Allow students to learn high-performance computing or to apply high-performance computing to a particular subject; use of software applications available at OSC.
  • Class Syllabus
Duration is for one school term or specific end date. If more RUs are needed, this is allowed. 

Allow 1-3 business days.
Emeritus 10,000 per calendar year Resources for emeritus at Ohio academic institutions.   OSC Help staff will assist you in obtaining resources for your projects. 10,000 RUs/calendar year for eligible PIs; one project per PI. 

Allow 1-3 business days.
Standard *  between 5,000 and 10,000 For researchers with moderate high-performance
computing use.
Requires Committee approval. May be approved between meetings.
Major *  between 10,000 and 30,000 For researchers with significant
high-performance computing use.
Peer-reviewed; please add the names and email addresses of at least three reviewers in appropriate section of online application form.

Requires Committee approval during bi-monthly meeting; 1 peer review must have been received for Committee to vote.
Discovery *  >30,000 For researchers with intensive high-performance computing use. Peer-reviewed; please add the name and email address of at least three reviewers in appropriate section of online application form.

Requires Committee approval during bi-monthly meeting; 2 peer reviews must have been received for Committee to vote.

* Please review information about the necessary file uploads with associated examples.
** As for any federal funding agency, you may not re-submit replicate application materials if they have been previously submitted to the OSC Allocations Committee and funded. A new, or significantly updated, proposal is expected for each review.


Proposal Text:

  • Should include a detailed description of the problem you are investigating and the scientific or technical basis of the investigations.
  • Include past results and plans for using the requested allocations.
  • The proposal will be peer-reviewed for scientific / technical merit and appropriate use of high-performance computing platforms; make sure to include sufficient detail to allow reviewers to make informed recommendations. 

Justification/Performance Report:

  • Justification of the RUs being requested; i.e. how did you come up with the estimated request?
    • example jobs
    • # of job runs
  • How code has been optimized (home-written code)?
  • Software and programs being used?

Peer Review Process:

  • Two peer reviewers, – name, institution, email address – at minimum, are required for major and discovery-level allocations. They can be from any institution, but should not be stakeholders in the allocation of RU.


The Allocations Committee oversees the academic application process per our policy guidelines here.


Questions? Please contact OSC Help