Tips to Win Grant for High-Performance Computing

HPC is a powerful tool for Historically Black Collage and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Servants Institutions (MSIs) to provide many competitive advantages. Offering leading-edge technology as a differentiator to support faculty members in their unique research projects helps recruit and retain top talent. The research they do often requires collecting and processing huge amounts of data to simulate complex systems. HPC can accelerate workloads and improve time to results, and when combined with the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics, accelerate the pace of discovery.

Another advantage of HPC is that it can be integrated into the curriculum and can serve as a way for students to gain hands-on experience. There is a shortage of technical talent that Gartner reports is the biggest barrier to companies adopting emerging technologies. HPC clusters are a training ground for students, giving them a head start in the transition to the labor market.

Tips to increase the chance of success

Dell Technologies partners with hundreds of colleges and universities to help them with strong grant proposals that follow best practices to increase funding opportunities. Some factors for a successful grant application are:

  • Know the funding source: Tailor the proposal to the needs and requirements of what is important to the source, to help achieve the goals of the grant foundation.
  • Understand unique technology requirements: Dell Technologies works with applicants to understand which technology can best support the grant proposal within the given timeline. Leveraging a long history of grant experience, Dell Technologies provides unique insights into details that can make or break a proposal. For example, some programs may use newer, more advanced technologies to help a proposal pass, while others may reject it.
  • Early in the Process: Engage with Dell Technologies specialists early in the process to increase the likelihood of success. These specialists include solution architects, PhD experts, education strategists and consultants from the Dell Technologies Grants Support Program. The Grants program is a free service that provides tailored advice for initial grant development. To further support this program, Dell Technologies is partnering with the Grants Office, a national grant services company that assists with technology financing projects.

Available Grants for HBCUs and MSIs

Many research projects facilitated by HPC are made possible through grant programs. These programs are competitive, but the good news for HBCUs and MSIs is that there are scholarships specifically designed to support their institutions. Below are examples of available grants:

  • Department of Defense (DoD) HBCU and MSI Programs: Collection of programs to develop research capabilities relevant to the DoD.
  • Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) ​​and HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE): Program to support research topics in an area related to the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • HBCU Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP): Program to strengthen STEM research and education at HBCUs.
  • Field-specific grants: Other grant opportunities for HBCUs and MSIs aimed at building research instrumentation capabilities for demanding fields of research, such as biology and computer science.

Dell Technologies and AMD for High Performance Computing

With the right HPC, HBCUs and MSIs can accelerate research discoveries, recruit and retain top talent, and prepare students for engineering careers. Together, Dell PowerEdge servers with AMD EPYC™ processors provide unparalleled performance for data-driven research, overall lower costs, advanced security for collaboration environments, and simplified management. Dell Technologies and AMD have jointly developed validated designs for HPC so they can be easily adapted to your technology requirements.

For more information on funding sources for HBCUs and MSIs, and more tips and tricks for successful grant proposals, please download the whitepaper and watch the webinarhosted by Dell Technologies, AMD and the Grants Office.

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