ARCHER 2 Pioneer Projects

This call is for researchers to apply for large amounts of computational resource to conduct computationally intensive modelling, simulation and calculations. Projects should be ambitious and pioneering, we encourage a high-risk/high-reward strategy, and outputs should have significant potential for a high future impact. EPSRC wants to encourage researchers to consider what they can do to significantly push the boundaries in computational research using High Performance Computing (HPC) in their field. This call is the successor to the ARCHER Leadership calls, which ran prior to 2020.

The computational resource will be for the UKRI-funded Tier-1 HPC service, ARCHER2, for up to 24 months. The ARCHER2 service provides the capability for researchers to run simulations and calculations which require large numbers of processing cores working in a highly parallelised fashion.

How to Apply

Full information on the call and how to apply can be found in the Call Document in the ‘Resources’ section below. Once the application is prepared it should be submitted via the embedded SmartSurvey link below. A two-stage application process will be used. Stage 1: applicants must submit a Technical Assessment to the ARCHER2 Service. Stage 2: applicants must then submit all relevant documentation via the embedded form on the EPSRC Call page.

Assessment Process

Applications to this call are not subject to postal peer review. The proposals will be reviewed and prioritised directly by a panel run by EPSRC.

Key dates



Technical Assessment deadline

(Application stage 1)

16:00 on 7 September 2020

Closing date for applications

(Application stage 2)

16:00 on 12 October 2020

Panel meetings

25-26 November 2020

Expected project start dates

From 7 December 2020

EPSRC Contacts

Research Infrastructure Team