Technical Consulting


University Research Computing offers consulting services for faculty developing research grant proposals that include needs for access to high performance computing and/or networking resources. The services offered may be customized on an individual basis depending on the needs of the requesting faculty member and may include any of the following items:

  • Reviewing completed proposals, specifically any sections dealing with requested computing resources, for accuracy of the descriptions of the technology, appropriateness of the requested technology for the purposes described, and identification of any gaps or overlooked items in the request.
  • Assessing the support requirements of any requested computing technology including the need for dedicated space, power, cooling, networking, or support personnel.
  • Working with the requesting faculty to develop technical specifications for required hardware, software and support.
  • Developing cost estimates and/or working with vendors to obtain pricing information or formal price quotes as needed to support grant requests.
  • Identifying and providing descriptions for any existing resources that can be made available to support the proposed research (such descriptions are often encouraged or required in proposals to federal agencies). This may include resources supplied by URC or located within individual colleges or departments.

Faculty wishing to take advantage of these services should make every effort to contact us well in advance of the proposal due date so that we have adequate time to respond. While there are no absolute deadlines, faculty should plan to contact us at least two weeks prior to the desired submission date to get assistance with developing specifications and obtaining price quotes, at least one week in advance to have a proposal reviewed for accuracy and support needs, and at least 3 days in advance to get information on existing resources.

For more information or to request assistance, please contact us. Faculty requesting computational resources may also be interested in URC’s Partnership Program.