There are several pathways available for researchers and educators to apply to use Blue Waters for their work.

National Science Foundation

At least 80 percent of the capacity of Blue Waters--about 150 million node-hours each year--is available to scientists and engineers across the country through the National Science Foundation's Petascale Computing Resource Allocation program. Next proposal due date: Nov. 13, 2015

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Up to 7 percent of the computing capacity of Blue Waters—about 13 million node-hours each year—is reserved for faculty and staff at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. For application detiails, visit NOTE: Proposals are due September 15, 2015

A portion of the University of Illinois Blue Waters allocation is being made available to the Blue Waters professors. For more details see

Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation

Up to 2 percent is available to researchers whose institutions are members of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation. For more information visit: or the GLCPC website.


Up to 1 percent of the Blue Waters compute capacity—or 1.8 million node-hours per year—is available for educators and students. For application details, visit


NCSA's industry partners and industry partners of any of the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation institutions also have opportunities to use Blue Waters. To apply for a Blue Waters industry allocation visit,

Innovation and Exploration

Up to 5 percent is available for innovation and exploration of new uses for high performance computation and data analysis. For application details, visit