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Neuromorphic Computing for Accelerating Scientific Discovery

Funding Opportunity ID:326661
Opportunity Number:DE-FOA-0002352
Opportunity Title:Neuromorphic Computing for Accelerating Scientific Discovery
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Grant
Category of Funding Activity:Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):81.049
Eligible Applicants:Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:All types of domestic applicants are eligible to apply, except any nonprofit organizations described in section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that engaged in lobbying activities after December 31, 1995. DOE/NNSA National Laboratories are eligible to apply. Successful applications from DOE/NNSA National Laboratories will be authorized and funded under the DOE field work authorization system and performed under the applicable laboratory’s Management and Operating (M&O) contract. Other Federal agencies and their FFRDCs are not eligible to receive financial assistance awards and are therefore ineligible to submit applications. Applications from for-profit organizations that propose research related to current commercial activity may be declined without merit review.
Agency Code:PAMS-SC
Agency Name:Department of Energy – Office of Science
Office of Science
Posted Date:Apr 30, 2020
Close Date:Jul 01, 2020
Last Updated Date:Apr 30, 2020
Award Ceiling:$400,000
Award Floor:$200,000
Estimated Total Program Funding:$2,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:7
Description:The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in proposals for basic research that significantly advances Neuromorphic Computing as a brain-inspired, energy-efficient tool for scientific discovery. DOE has the responsibility to address the energy, environmental and nuclear security challenges that face our nation. SC’s mission is the delivery of scientific discoveries and major scientific tools to transform our understanding of nature and to advance the energy, economic, and national security of the United States. In the post-exascale computing timeframe, scientific progress will be predicated on our ability to create, transfer, and process large complex datasets from extreme scale simulations, experiments, and/or observational facilities. Scientific computing is facing multiple challenges i.e. high energy usage, memory, concurrency, parallelism, heterogeneity, input/output, storage, retrieval, fault tolerance, etc. Currently, high performance computing systems consume in the order of megawatts of power, and energy consumptions levels have been kept manageable through the usage of heterogeneous architectures. On the other hand, the energy consumption of the human brain is in the order of watts, or about six orders of magnitude more energy efficient than current state-of-the-art HPC systems. This program call is focused on high-risk, high-reward basic research to explore how neuromorphic computing could address emerging scientific computational challenges in energy efficient computing primarily.
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