DCSC receives applications based on an annual open call for Scientific Computing (SC) based research projects. The board decides which research teams get which SC resources, based on research quality, competition and international peer review recommendations.
The grant application must, in detail, justify which SC hardware needs the intended research project has. The hardware requested by researchers must be purchased by, located at, and run by one of the DCSC regional operating centres. The hardware is often added to an existing installation, but resources are dedicated proportionally to research teams holding DCSC grants. 10% of the new hardware’s SC capacity (cycles) will be reserved by DCSC for the so called pool of free resources, used for young scientists wanting to try out SC; for research projects that do not require substantial SC resources, or only for a limited time span; as emergency resources; or for the sudden possibility for "breakthrough SC runs" etc.
Hence, hardware procurement is conducted decentralised by the respective DCSC regional operating centres in cooperation with the DCSC grant holders.