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Open Call for Proposals

BrainComp Young Researchers Competition

Apply for BrainComp Young Researcher's Competition
As part of the Workshop on Brain Inspired Computing - BrainComp 2019 we call on young researchers to participate in the BrainComp Young Researchers Competition. The call is addressed to researchers who want to solve relevant and exciting neuroscientific problems by using high performance computing (HPC) resources - from feasibility studies, up to complex workflows and computationally intensive tasks such as simulations, large modeling projects or data analytics.

Braincomp Call for Proposals

Your Chance
In addition to the execution of the projects, the winners will be invited to participate in the next BrainComp Workshop (travel costs will be covered), which will be held from 15-19 July 2019 in Cetraro, Italy. The winners will not only present their projects to experts from the field of HPC and Neuroscience, but also have the opportunity to publish their project results in the peer reviewed workshop proceedings.

Who can apply
Eligible to apply for the call are young researchers from European Universities and non-university research institutes.

How to apply

  • Outline of the scientific problem and your approach towards its solution.
  • Clear scientific goals and verifiable milestones on the way to reach these goals.
  • Information on the computational (with indication of the preferred system architecture) and storage resources needed and software requirements.
  • Description of the GPU accelerated applications to be used to solve the problems when applying for the hybrid architecture. 
  • Well-founded and detailed demonstration of the required runtime of the program and the total required compute time.
  • Description of the physical and mathematical methods employed in the project.
  • A detailed and clearly arranged work schedule.
  • Information about if/which compute projects have already been carried out successfully.
  • In addition to the proposal a short CV of the applicants should be submitted.
  • Please submit your proposal to by using the BrainComp proposal template.

The proposals should be submitted by March 15. Compute resources will be provided to the most challenging projects that will be selected in accordance with strict scientific standards. Resources will be allocated to the projects within the framework of an international reviewing procedure.

HPC resources, provided by leading European HPC centres, will be allocated to the projects within the framework of an international reviewing procedure.

Available Systems

SiteSystemSystem informationcompute resources
CSCCSC's upcoming AI platformSome 30,000 Intel Cascade Lake cores and 320 NVIDIA V100 GPUs for AI and other use. More details on the technical specifications of the new environment can be found at
Note, that the platform will be still on the pilot use phase, implying that the availability of the system will not be guaranteed and the software environment will be as (current systems are available as a backup solution, but less resources will be provided).
The project will be one of the pilot use projects of the system. There will be a possibility to run very large jobs since the system will be reserved to a limited number of users.
CSCSPiz Daint, Cray XC50 (Hybrid)Intel® Xeon® E5-2690 v3 @ 2.60GHz (12 cores, 64GB RAM) and NVIDIA® Tesla® P100 16GB - 5704 NodesUp to 136.000 coreh
(2.000 nodeh)

JURECA Cluster Module

JURECA Booster Module

Intel - based cluster with at least 128 GB memory and 24 cores per node, 75 nodes with NVIDIA K80 GPUs

MIC, KNL – based module, nodes with at least 96 GB memory and 68 KNL cores each
Up to 100.000 coreh

Additional Information

Proposal Submission

Deadline for proposal submission is March 15, 2019.

Please submit your proposal to
by using the
BrainComp proposal template.


Julia Kaempfer
Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH
Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine