Proposal Support

attention The cost for the new NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPUs that power the DGX A100 nodes in HiPerGator AI will be measured as a multiple of the Normalized GPU Unit (NGU), which can be purchased as hardware or leased at the rates published on this page.

Although the NVIDIA Ampere A100 GPU is significantly more powerful, the average application performance ratio between the new A100 and the RTX 2080ti and RTX 6000 GPUs is not yet known. As a result, until December 31, 2021, the HiPerGator scheduler will treat the A100 as equivalent to the other GPUs. This means that an investment in 1 NGU will give access to 1 A100 GPU or 1 RTX 2080ti GPU or 1 RTX 6000 GPU.

We expect that access to 1 A100 GPU will require 2, 3, or 4 NGUs. In planning for proposal budgets that include use of the A100, you should keep this in mind. We will evaluate the data in July 2021 and update the scheduler policy accordingly.

Research Computing can be partners in your proposal by providing proven support options that make your proposal more competitive. Making use of the existing infrastructure provided by the University with support from the Provost, the VP for Research, and the VP and Chief Information Officer will also stretch your budget further.

There are four components in a proposal that can benefit from the examples and templates shown below:

  • The budget needs to add the cost of the service or hardware acquisition in the appropriate place on the budget form.
  • Some proposals may need a commitment letter from Research Computing. Please make a request. We will be happy to write a letter for your specific project.
  • A document with the description of the facilities provided by Research Computing in support of your project is available for you to include in the facilities section.
  • The inclusion of an explicit data management plan is now required by most funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

In addition, you will need to provide a justification in the proposal description or proposal narrative for the requested acquisition of services. We show two examples of how to write such a justification here:

Please, do not hesitate to contact us with questions about writing a proposal. It is our mission to help you and make your proposal as competitive as possible.

The full list of options and services offered by Research Computing can be found in theĀ Services section. Any one of the available options can help your research project and can be included in a proposal.