Advanced Computing Design Call

4th edition

Ref.: FCT/CPCA/2023/01

Overview and Objectives

The Foundation for Science and Technology, I. P. (FCT) manages the National Network for Advanced Computing (RNCA) and seeks to aggregate national advanced computing resources, promoting cooperation between the various centers involved and developing national and international partnerships with other entities. Under the terms of the Regulations for Advanced Computing Projects, published under no. 10/2022 in the Diário da República, the allocation of RNCA computing resources is carried out following a competitive bidding procedure whose terms are published on the FCT website.

Computational models

  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Scientific Cloud Computing (SCC) or Virtual Research Environment (VRE)

Access typologies

  • A0 - Experimental Access recommended for teams with no previous experience or history of using RNCA resources or for using visualization resources.
  • A1 - Access Development recommended for software performance testing, code optimization, scalability testing, benchmarking, re-factoring or for short-term projects.
  • A2 - Regular Access recommended for scientific or innovation projects in which the team has consolidated previous experience and which require resources on the Navigator, Oblivion, Vision, Cirrus and Stratus platforms.
  • A3 - Larger Access recommended for scientific or innovation projects whose team has consolidated previous experience and which require large amounts of resources on the Deucalion or MareNostrum platforms 5.

Recipients and Eligibility

They are beneficiaries, individually or in co-promotion:

  • R&D institutions (Research and Development)
  • The Collaborative Labs;
  • The technological interface centers;
  • Science and technology infrastructures;
  • Science and technology networks and consortia;
  • Private non-profit institutions that have R&D activities as their main objective;
  • Digital Innovation Hubs;
  • Other public and private, non-profit institutions that develop or participate in research, development or innovation activities;
  • Companies that develop advanced computing projects, in research, development or innovation activities.
  • Individuals operating in Portugal and wishing to develop advanced computing projects in any scientific area.

Regarding applications from companies as beneficiaries, advanced computing projects should:

  • occur in the scope of pre-competitive research and innovation, for which the goods or services that are the subject of that research or innovation have not yet been assigned a commercial value.
  • not to exceed, for all applications of this type, 50% of the total computing budget to be allocated in this Call.


Under Article 14 and 15 of the Advanced Computing Projects Regulations all applications received will be treated according to the criteria that are densified and detailed in the evaluation guide.

  • A0 - Experimental Access and A1 - Development Access submitted for technical validation only.
  • A2 - Regular Access and A3 - Increased Access Dimension submitted to scientific evaluation and technical validation

A2 and A3 applications will be subject to scientific merit evaluation by external evaluation panels invited by FCT, I.P. according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • S1: Scientific relevance (40%);
  • S2: Innovation and impact (30%);
  • S3: Project planning and implementation (30%);

All the applications received will be subject to validation of their technical suitability by the technical teams operating the computer platforms.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted in English and on the appropriate form.

  • A0 - Experimental Access from October 26, 2023 (1pm) until May 30, 2024 (1pm).
  • A1 - Development Access from October 26, 2023 (1 p.m.) until May 30, 2024 (1 p.m.).
  • A2 - Regular Access from October 26, 2023 (1 p.m.) until December 19, 2023 (1 p.m.).
  • A3 - Larger DimensionAccess for Deucalion from December 19, 2023 (1pm) until February 8, 2024 (1pm).

  • A3 - LargerAccess for Mare Nostrum 5 from March 28 (1pm) until May 30, 2024 (1pm).


Batch of applications A0 and A1Submission Dates
AOctober 26, 2023 (1 p.m.) - November 30, 2023 (1 p.m.)
BNovember 30, 2023 (1 p.m.) - February 1, 2024 (1 p.m.)
CFebruary 1, 2024 (1 p.m.) - March 28, 2024 (1 p.m.)
DMarch 28, 2024 (1pm) - May 30, 2024 (1pm)
Batch of applications A2Submission Dates
Single lotOctober 26, 2023 (1 p.m.) - December 19, 2023 (1 p.m.)
Batch of A3applicationsSubmission Dates
Deucalion - single lotDecember 19, 2023 (1 p.m.) - February 8, 2024 (1 p.m.)
MareNostrum 5 - single lotMarch 28, 2024 (1pm) - May 30, 2024 (1pm)

Supporting documentation

No information published on this page replaces or supersedes the Regulations and Notice of the Opening of Call and the information available on the FCT website.


Further information and clarification can be requested via email: with "FCT/CPCA/2023/01" in the subject line.