Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program

(1) To foster the science of building integrated, multi-scale, and multi-physics codes with the primary focus on code validation and verification to help advance the newly emergent predictive science in academia; (2) to promote and sustain scientific interactions between the academic community and scientists
at the NNSA laboratories; (3) and to train scientists in specific areas of long-term research relevant to DOE stockpile stewardship.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2015: The same projects were funded in FY15.

Fiscal Year 2016: We plan to fund the same projects in FY16, of course keeping in mind if Federal funds are made available.

They have finished Year 2 and have submitted their Year 2 Annual Reports.

Fiscal Year 2017: We plan to fund the same six projects in FY17 for a total of $18,000,000.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Purdue University $ 9,791,797   2010-09-282015-09-30
University Of Utah, The $ 10,000,000   2010-09-302014-09-30
Purdue University-$ 144,125   2006-10-012013-09-30
Purdue University $ 7,900,000   2008-04-152013-04-14
Nevada System Of Higher Education-$ 26   2009-10-012012-03-31
Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 1,066,841   2009-09-302011-09-30
$ 0   
$ 0   
$ 0   
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2015: The six Centers sent 46 students to intern at the NNSA three labs of LANL, LLNL, and SNL. They submitted Year 1 Annual Reports. Fiscal Year 2016: The budget projection for FY 2016 is $18M with $4M going to each three MSC Centers and $2M for each of three SDC Centers. The accomplishment during FY16 are as follows: University of Utah, completed a massive rewrite of the Uintah runtime to incorporate Kokkos and multiple C++11 constructs. Developed a hybrid uncertainty quantification methodology for achieving predictivity with extrapolation that integrates Bayesian and Bound-to-Bound methodologies. Developed and taught two new graduate courses on Center themes (V/UQ and coal combustion). University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign increased phyusics fidelity of predictive models based on uncertainty quantification and detailed bench-top diagnostics. Advanced experimental diagnostics to inform model development. Hosted the Workshop on Exascale Software Technologies in Albuquerque which provided a platform to broadly discuss forthcoming tools, challenges, and best practices to realize performance at exascale. Stanford University performed scalable high-fidelity radiation transport implemented in Soleil-MPI. Also they accomplished assessment of effect of particle-size uncertainty on flow/particle exit temperature. University of Florida developed CMT-bone as a proxy app for CMT-nek, validated it using the Veritas tool from LLNL, and developed an initial CPU-GPU implementation. They conducted additional simulations of shock interaction with particles at lower Mach numbers to emulate SNL experiments as well as conduct simulations at blast conditions. Texas A&M University completed calibration and validation of Impurity Model 1. Implemented extruded unstructured triangular mesh capability in PDT transport code; and implemented initial load-balancing algorithm for unstructured meshes. University of Notre Dame developed poro-visco-plastic constitutive model for metal powders, and advanced image-based modeling pipeline for micro-to-macro simulations. Performed full system demonstration simulations and validated them against experiments. Performed predictive damage multiscale simulations using up to 128,000 cores. Fiscal Year 2017: The Budget projection for 2017 is $18M with $4M going to each of the three MSC Centers and $2M for each of the three SDC Centers.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support in whole or in part may be provided for such purposes as salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training, related activities, and advanced technology projects or assessments.

Funding is provided for applied research in the field of computational science in support of the DOE NNSA Stockpile Stewardship program.

Restrictions on use of funds depend on grant provisions.

Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring a research idea that does not unnecessarily duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit.

See the Minimum Requirements in the FOA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only U.S.

Public and Private Education Institutions with Ph.D.

granting programs can apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Only U.S Public and Private Education Institutions with Ph.D. granting programs can apply.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Applications should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement posted at

Award Procedures

Proposals will be screened for ASC programmatic relevance and then reviewed for scientific and technical merit by qualified individuals. Recommendations for award are made by the ASC office, Defense Programs, NNSA, and selected proposals will be forwarded to the NNSA Albuquerque Complex in Albuquerque, NM, for grant development and award.


Not Applicable.


Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 31, Public Law 83-703, 68 Stat. 919, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title 1, Section 107, Public Law 93-438, 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. See individual opportunity announcements at for deadlines for each specific announcement..


From 90 to 120 days.


Applications for annual renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the NNSA Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 10%. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The NNSA cooperative award assistance is available for total of 5 project-year time window, subject to approval of annual renewals. The annual funding should be expended within the allocated timeframe, with 10% allowed for carryover to the next fiscal year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual technical program reports are required.

Quarterly submissions of SF-272 are required.

Quarterly submissions of SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Quarterly technical progress reports are required.

Cost accruals are reported monthly.

Annual techical reviews by external review panels are performed.

In addition technical meetings are held annually.


No audits are required for this program.


Recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 15 $18,000,000; FY 16 est $18,000,000; and FY 17 est $18,000,000 - In 2008 awards were first provided to 5 Centers, those will continue until April 2014 under a one-yr no cost extension. In 2014 6 Centers, will begin for a 5 year period of time until 2018.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$17M for each award for 5 project years ranging from mid-FY08 to mid-FY13 (under a one year no cost time extension, with $3.4 M as the average annual award amount. The 6 new Centers that started in FY14 will receive $4M each year for 5 years for 3 Multidisciplinary Simulation Centers (MSC) and $2M each year for 5 years for 3 Single-Discipline Centers (SDC). The latter 6 Centers will receive this money annually for 5 years.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Lucille M. Gentry Pennsylvania & H Avenue, KAFB-E , Albuquerque, New Mexico 87116 Email: Phone: 5058456462

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Alignment with the areas of technical scope called forth in the call for application; (2) Scientific/technical merit of the project; (3) Expected impact on the proposed area of research activity; (4) Consistency with the objective of this academic alliances program to focus on advanced computational science investigations; (5) Qualifications of the Applicant's personnel and adequacy of proposed resources; (6) Feasibility of plans for carrying out the proposed research, considering such factors as: appropriateness of the technical method and approach, facility compatibility, other commitments, competition and timing; (7) Level of interaction with NNSA/DP laboratory personnel and the potential to train students in scientific areas defined by the technical scope in order to build a long-term recruiting pool for the NNSA/DP laboratory complex; (8) Leverage provided by cost sharing by applicant and with other funding sources.

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