Merit Project

This is the highest award given for use of NeSI services. A Merit allocation is intended for highly skilled research teams carrying out high quality research funded via a peer review process that supports the New Zealand Government's Science Goals. Successful applicants will receive priority access to our HPC Compute & Analytics and Computational Science services.

To be eligible for consideration for a Merit NeSI Project allocation, proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • The underpinning research programme (that requires access to NeSI HPC services to achieve the objectives of the research) must support the Government’s Science Goals.
  • To demonstrate research quality and alignment with national research priorities, the research funding must have come from a peer-reviewed, contestable process at an institutional, regional or national level.
    • The following funding sources are likely to qualify:
      • MBIE managed research funds
      • Health Research Council funding
      • Royal Society of New Zealand funding, e.g. Marsden grants
      • SSIF programme funding (previously known as CRI Core funding)
      • Research programmes forming part of a National Science Challenge
      • Research programmes forming part of a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE)
      • Or similar.
    • The following funding sources are unlikely to qualify:
      • Privately funded research
      • Research funded by a foreign government.
  • The research grant or contract must cover the entire period for which an allocation of NeSI resources is sought.
  • The applicant (who will be the "Project Owner" should the application be successful) must be a named investigator on the peer reviewed research grant or contract. If you are a student, we may at our discretion consider your application for a Merit award if your supervisor is a named investigator. 

The How Applications are Reviewed section provides additional important information for applicants.

To learn more about NeSI Projects, and to apply please review the content of the section entitled Applying for a NeSI Project

 

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