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Research and Grant Activity

The Research IT Team provides support for technical grant writing, and in many cases, staff are included in the grant proposals, especially for grants involving cyberinfrastructure, Major Research Instrumentation or Cyber Training. Successful awards include: 

  • NSF Award #1429783: MRI Acquisition: Multi-Environment Research Computer for Exploration and Discovery (MERCED) Cluster. Read more.  
  • NSF Award #1659210: CC* Networking Infrastructure: Building a Science DMZ Network for University of California Merced. Read more.
  • NSF Award ##1633429: NRT-IGE: Reducing Attrition of Underrepresented Minority and First-Generation Graduate Students in Interdisciplinary Computational Sciences. Read more.

We also provide researchers with templated statements on Facilities and can help develop Data Management Plans through consultations on Research Data Management using the DMP Tool.  

Research Computing Staff


Sarvani Schadalapaka picture

Sarvani Chadalapaka is the High Performance Computing Manager with the Office of Information Technology at the University of California, Merced as well as Women in HPC Mentoring Program Director. During her 4 year tenure at UC Merced, Ms Chadalapaka has increased the capacity of the campus cluster from 40 - over 400 users. Ms Chadalapaka was also responsible for the successful move of the cluster to a new, state-of-the art, Data Center for Research Computing at UC Merced. She has empowered a number of first-time HPC users - both graduate researchers and faculty members alike - to use HPC resources in her office hours, Carpentry sessions, 1:1 and research group training thus reducing the barriers to HPC.

Ms Chadalapaka is an active member of numerous Research Computing communities including Women in HPC,  XSEDE Campus Champions, the Internet2 Steering Committee, Campus Consortium of Research Computing (CaRCC), Carpentries, UC Tech. Her community service includes Mentoring Program Chair for the inauguralWomen in HPC Summit, Diversity, Equity Inclusivity (DEI) Co-Chair for PEARC 2020,  ACM Undergraduate Poster Chair for SuperComputing (SC20). Her community engagement has resulted in multiple speaking and panelist engagements at a range of conferences including PEARC, UCTech, SuperComputing,UC-Ref, ACI-Ref, Virtual Residency and Internet2 TechEx.

Sarvani holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas-Arlington and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication engineering from India. She has always been an ardent supporter of WSTEM and also participates in numerous campus community activities, such as the Polynesian dance troupe. 


Committee on Research Computing (CoRC)

The Committee on Research Computing is the main self-governance and oversight body for Research Computing. Known as CoRC, the committee consists of representative faculty from all three schools: Natural Sciences; Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA), and Engineering. The committee meets quarterly to review the status of the three major components of advanced campus cyberinfrastructure: HPC, High-performance Networking and through its WAVE Steering Committee, Visualization. CoRC Leadership consists of the committee Chair, Vice Chair and ex officio Research IT staff. Leadership meets weekly to review operations, propose policy and set the agenda for the full committee meetings. CoRC is an example of successful self-governance that provides specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound goals for Research Computing on campus.