Applying to the ADACS Merit Allocation Program

Support Types

Two types of support are available through the ADACS Merit Allocation Program:

1)  Training Support

Members of the Australian astronomy community are invited to apply for personalised/bespoke face-to-face or online ADACS training. This can include requests to re-run, re-fine, or expand existing ADACS training material/workshops.

Enquiries regarding the Training Support Program should be sent to Rebecca Lange (rebecca.lange@curtin.edu.au).

2) Software Support

Members of the Australian astronomy community can obtain access to the time and expertise of the ADACS team to start new software initiatives or to optimise or extend the capability of established ones.

Training can also be incorporated into these projects as well.  For new capabilities developed through an ADACS Software Support Project, examples of appropriate training include:

  • proper use of new tools/optimisations, etc. in HPC environments; 
  • Training in the use of technologies leveraged in the development cycle of the project (e.g. to enable science teams to conduct ongoing support, add further features, etc.)

Enquiries regarding the Software Support Program can be directed to Gregory Poole (gpoole@swin.edu.au) or Jarrod Hurley (jhurley@swin.edu.au).

How does the program work?

The allocation of all resources will be based on impact and scientific merit, with the final evaluation performed by the Astronomy Data and Computing Services Time Allocation Committee (see here).

To ensure effective and program-appropriate proposals, there will be a three stage application process:

  1. In the first instance all researchers are asked to submit an expression of interest (EoI).  We strongly encourage both successful and unsuccessful applicants from previous rounds to consider reapplying.
  2. An ADACS staff member will then be in touch to organise a formative discussion.  This will be processed immediately upon receipt on a first-come-first-served basis and we welcome submissions any time from now until the deadline.
  3. Following discussions with the ADACS staff, applicants will then be able to make a formal support application that will be assessed by the ADACS TAC.  The final application deadline will be ~4 weeks from the EoI deadline (details of this process will be provided during the EoI process).

When considering applications for this process, please consider that all ADACS development will be open-source and as such, made publicly available. In addition, all training will be kept inclusive, open and available to the broader community.

Note that all applicants must participate in the EoI process in order for a final submission to be accepted.

EoI submission requirements

EoI submissions should be informative but not more than one page and should provide a concise description of the intended project and its goals. The EoI should provide sufficient information to form a basis for subsequent discussions with ADACS. 

Important areas to consider during the EoI process include:

  • feasibility of the project; 
  • scope and limitations (i.e. what exactly will be part of this project? what will not?); 
  • expected outputs and outcomes; 
  • implementation and ongoing requirements (post ADACS support period); and
  • topics for training projects should fall within the ADACS remit of teaching coding and computational best practices.

The format of EoI submissions should be as follows:

  • Please submit as a one-page pdf document
  • Please state which program you are expressing interest in: “Training Support” or “Software Support”
  • Please include the following sections:
    • Project Background
      • A one-paragraph description of the scientific background to the project
    • Project Goals
      • Give a description – as you understand it – of the work that you are seeking ADACS to perform
  • Text must be black type using a highly legible 12pt font such as Arial or Times New Roman, and single column on white A4 size paper with at least 0.5 cm margins on all sides.

EoI applications should be submitted via email to map@adacs.org.au.

Enquiries regarding the ADACS Merit Allocation Program overall – including the EoI process – should be directed to Gregory Poole (gpoole@swin.edu.au) or Jarrod Hurley (jhurley@swin.edu.au).   

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