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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
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.
Fiscal Year 2018 The same three MSC Centers were funded at $4M each, while the same three SDC Centers were each funded $2M.
Fiscal Year 2019 The same 6 Centers (3 MSCs, 3 SDCs) were funded out of our budget projection for FY19.
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.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. A Request for Information (RFI) for PSAAP III was initiated by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) and Institutional Research and Development Programs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). An RFI was issued on June 29, 2018 with a deadline of August 3, 2018 for eligible institutions to submit a preliminary application in accordance with the guidelines stated in the PSAAP III RFI document. We released a Funding Opportunity Announcement in mid FY19. PSAAP III is slated to begin during FY20.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applications should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement posted at
Award Procedure
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.
Approval/Disapproval Decision 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.
How are proposals selected?
(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.
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual techical reviews by external review panels are performed. In addition technical meetings are held annually.
Not applicable.
Recipient is expected to maintain auditable records to substantiate the total costs incurred under the grant.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 10%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
David N. Etim
James V. Forrestal Building
1000 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20585 US
Phone: 2025868081
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$17,000,000.00; FY 19 est $9,000,000.00; FY 20 est $20,000,000.00; FY 17$18,000,000.00; FY 16 est $18,000,000.00; - In 2008 awards were first provided to five Centers, those will continue until April 2014 under a one-yr no cost extension. In 2014, six Centers will begin for a five year period of time until 2018. There was an a request executed to add an additional year for the current Centers.
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. We renewed the current Centers for an additional sixth year to receive awards out of FY19 funds.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
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.
Fiscal Year 2018 We funded the same six projects under PSAAP II in FY18 for a total of $17,000,000.
Fiscal Year 2019 We plan to fund the same six projects under PSAAP II in FY19 for an additional year.
Fiscal Year 2020 We plan to fund a various number of projects under PSAAP III in FY20.


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