Get Involved

There are multiple opportunities for community involvement in ACCESS and ACCESS Allocations ranging from reviewing project requests to helping with defining the future of the program. Check out the various ways to get involved and check back for more opportunities!

  • Allocations are absolutely free of cost and you do not need NSF, or funding from any agency to receive one. 

  • Teaching a course this upcoming semester? Request an allocation on a supercomputer to allow students to complete their assignments and free up their personal resources! 

  • Want to test out the latest and greatest hardware? Request allocations across several dozen different architectures. 

  • Supercharge your grad students' thesis or dissertation projects. Advisors must provide their students with a sign letter acknowledging their use of national CI resources in pursuit of their dissertation-related work. 

  • Deploy a Science Gateway on national CI resources to improve access to essential services for a targeted community.

  • We’re always interested in hearing from the community about how we can improve our offerings. Send us your feedback or suggestions for consideration. 

    • If you’re new to research computing or cyberinfrastructure, don’t be shy; reach out if there’s anything we can assist you with.  

    • If you represent a related or complimentary federally funded program and have questions suggestions related to how ACCESS could benefit your stakeholders, please reach out.

Engage with ACCESS staff directly for a discussion on how the current and future ecosystem could better serve the needs of you and your communities. Contact us via our Feedback Form

  • The ACCESS Allocations process relies on volunteer experts from the cyberinfrastructure community to provide input and guidance to requesters and staff for proposals asking for a large amount of resources. We’re always seeking contributions from research computing professionals and computational scientists to serve on the ACCESS Allocations Review Committee (AARC).

  • Two panels, Accelerate and Maximize, that correspond to two of the project types are in need of reviewers. Accelerate requests are accepted at any time while Maximize requests are on a bi-annual cadence. 

    • For the Accelerate panel, reviewers are charged to enter their review of 3-page proposals, within two weeks of submission.

    • For the Maximize panel, reviewers are typically assigned 3-5 10-page proposals at each semi-annual meeting and meet virtually for an allocations meeting to present and discuss requests.  

  • Contact us through our feedback form if you’re interested in becoming a reviewer.

Help us shape the future landscape of allocations for national cyberinfrastructure services. Check out the list of current pilot efforts to see if one interests you or could even potentially benefit your institution and communities.

  • The ACCESS Researcher Advisory Committee represents researcher perspectives at the forefront of how the community adapts and improves the advanced cyberinfrastructure ecosystem. The Researcher Advisory Committee will make recommendations regarding emerging needs and services and act as a sounding board for plans and suggested developments for the ACCESS programs, including broadening participation.

  • The ACCESS Researcher Advisory Committee makes suggestions to improve ACCESS allocations, support, and operations, and provide feedback on proposed paths forward. 

  • If you’re interested in providing your input to the RAC, please contact us through our feedback form.

  • Resource Providers make research and education possible by allocating their resources to the national community through ACCESS. See the current list of available resources.

  • If you have a resource that you’d like to make available, submit a ticket with the subject “ACCESS Resource Integration” to speak with a representative.

  • ACCESS develops and utilizes the eXtensible Resource Allocation Service (XRAS) to support the submission, review, and administration of allocation requests for resources.

  • The software-as-a-service (SaaS) is deployed across several institutions and national labs. These stakeholders drive future development initiatives for improvements to the software suite.

  • For more information on using XRAS to support your allocation management needs, contact