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.

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.

Program Accomplishments

This is a new program. The funded R&D activity will help to increase U.S. efforts in computational science relevant to DOE stockpile stewardship and will assist in training future scientific talent in these areas.

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Public and Private Education Institutions with Ph.D.

granting programs can apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

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



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This profram is excluded from coverage under E.O.12372.

Application Procedures

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 Service Center in Albuquerque, NM, for grant development and award.


Deadlines are stated in the solicitations.


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

Approximately 90 to 180 days.




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

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The schedule of NNSA payments is arranged at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


As specified in the "DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2)" to be issued to the recipient upon receipt of an award, the following reports are required: progress report, special reports, financial status reports (FSR SF 269), and final report.

These requirements are also specified in the solicitation.


Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant period and/or before final payment, with the extent and frequency of audit depending on the size of the grant and on the particular grant provisions.


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

Financial Information

Account Identification



Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements): FY 07 not available; FY 08 est $7,500,000; and FY 09 est $15,500,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1.6M-$3.4M per PSAAP Center per Fiscal Year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Thuc T. Hoang, Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing, NA-114/Forrestal, 1000 Independence Avenue, Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (202) 586-7050. Fax: (202) 586-0405.

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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