NCSA accepting Illinois Faculty Fellows for 2019-2020

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NCSA hosting two upcoming events for interested faculty members

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is beginning the application process for the 2019-2020 Faculty Fellows program. This competitive Fellowship program for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides seed funding for new projects that include NCSA staff as integral contributors to the project. Proposers can leverage existing collaborations with NCSA staff or develop new collaborations through the fellowship program. In either case, the proposed research needs to be new. Those interested should attend the following two upcoming events for more information.

Faculty Fellows Kick-Off Meeting: Friday, January 25 at 1 p.m.

NCSA will host a Kick-Off Meeting on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. in NCSA 1040 for any Illinois faculty interested in becoming an NCSA Faculty Fellow. The meeting will provide an overview of the fellowship program as well as details regarding the application process.

Idea Acceleration Workshop: Friday, February 1 at 10 a.m.

The following Friday, February 1, NCSA will host a second event, the Idea Acceleration Workshop from 10 a.m. - noon in the NCSA lobby. This follow-on event to the Kick-Off meeting will help potential fellowship applicants find NCSA staff and other researchers with whom to collaborate and build successful proposals. Potential applicants are invited to submit a single slide to Amanda Lombardo. These slides will be used at the event, made available on the NCSA Fellows wiki, and distributed to NCSA staff until the submission deadline. Slides should contain the appropriate contact details (e.g. email address), ideally a photo, and depending on how much information you are comfortable sharing, your project idea, and/or what skills/interests/resources you are interested in finding from NCSA. An example slide may be found on the NCSA Fellows wiki.

A link to submit proposals will be posted following the Idea Acceleration Workshop. Fellowship proposals can then be submitted by individuals or collaborative teams beginning February 1, 2019. Proposals for 2019-2020 fellowships are due February 22, 2019. Decisions on funding are anticipated in April 2019.

Projects are encouraged that build on existing NCSA activities, major projects and programs, including:

Questions may be sent to NCSA Assistant Director for Research, Amanda Lombardo, at

About the Faculty Fellows Program

The Faculty Fellows program at NCSA provides an opportunity for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to catalyze and develop long-term research collaborations between Illinois departments, research units, and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). This competitive program provides seed funding for demonstration or start-up projects, workshops, and/or other activities with the potential to lead to longer-term collaborations around research, development and education. Learn more about the Faculty Fellows program here.

About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation's science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students, and collaborators from around the globe use advanced digital resources to address research grand challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing one third of the Fortune 50® for more than 30 years by bringing industry, researchers, and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.