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Grant applications were due July 9, and are now closed. Applicants will be informed of their application status on August 1.

Broader Engagement Participation Grants

The Broader Engagement initiative builds upon a strong foundation of outreach and engagement efforts by the SC conference. ACM and IEEE have funded participation grants since the inception of the SC Minority Serving Institutions Program in 2000. The intended benefits of these programs go beyond increasing the number of participants from traditionally under-represented groups in the SC conference. The programs promote the fostering of collaborative relationships between faculty, IT professionals, students, and computer and research scientists at major research centers, as well as improving the amount and quality of computational science education. Participation grants are now offered in the context of the Broader Engagement initiative, which also offers mentorship opportunities, the On-Ramp to SC program, and other activities designed to support broader and deeper engagement in the conference as a whole.

Broader Engagement Participation Grants offer a unique opportunity for you to explore and participate in the advancements being made in today's high performance computing environment. At SC07, individuals from traditionally under-represented groups have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and skills with each other and with the broader community about their techniques and processes used to exploit and support these advanced technologies. Access to state-of-the-art equipment and demonstrations provide first-hand opportunities which cannot be found elsewhere. Technical discussions, panel debates on best practices, and other networking opportunities provide excellent venues for academic and professional development.

Grant recipients will be invited to participate in the Technical Program and Broader Engagement sessions. In addition to the complementary conference registration, grant recipients will be reimbursed for their SC expenses for lodging and transportation, up to a pre-determined amount.

Grant Application Process

Grant applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline has been extended to July 9. Applicants will be notified of acceptance via e-mail by August 1, 2007. To apply for a BE Participation Grant, visit , create an account, and follow the links to submissions forms.

Selection Criteria

Up to 40 Participation Grants will be awarded.

We encourage applications from those in all computing-related disciplines, including those with backgrounds in research, education, and industry. Successful grant applicants will:

  • Demonstrate academic and/or professional background related to high performance computing, networking, storage, and/or analysis
  • Further SCís desire to engage individuals from groups that have been traditionally under-represented in computing and related fields, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, Indigenous People, and women)
  • Demonstrate keen interest in integrating innovative technologies into the curriculum or work environment
  • Commit themselves to take the fullest advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and leader from international leaders in the field of high performance computing and networking.
Applicants who have not previously participated in the SC will be given first priority for funding.

Financing Participants

SC07 will reimburse Grant recipients up to $1500.00 to help support the cost of travel, lodging, per diem, and associated expenses within the guidelines established by SC07. Expenses exceeding $1,500 will not be reimbursed and will be the responsibility of the participant. The grant is non-transferable.

SC07 Travel Policies A block of rooms has been reserved specifically for Participation Grant recipients at the Grand Sierra Resort hotel. A deadline will be established for room reservations; after this date, hotel reservations must be made using the SC07 on-line housing reservation system on the SC07 website. Conference rates will not be given to participants who contact hotels directly. For those participants who choose to stay at other hotels, a maximum of seven nights lodging expenses will be reimbursed, with the per-night lodging expense limited to the cost of a single-occupancy room at the designated hotel.

Each participant will receive a complementary registration for the Technical Program, including events associated with this registration. Individuals wishing to attend additional parts of the conference must register for, and pay the fees associated with, that component of the conference using the standard SC web registration page.

Reimbursements will be processed in a timely manner after the conference and receipt of the completed and signed SC07 Travel Expense Report with original receipts. Detailed travel expense guidelines will be available in mid-August.

Conference Registration Procedures

Once participants are selected to the SC07 Participation Grants and they have confirmed their acceptance to the program, members of the Broader Engagement committee will provide further guidance on the SC registration procedures.

For additional information, please email

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