RAC 2021 Launches on September 23, 2020


On September 23, 2020, we will launch our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.

Two competitions — the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) and the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) — are open to Canadian research projects from all disciplines.

Important: The program to support special requests for ARC resources needed for COVID-19 research will end on March 31, 2021. If you have received one of these allocations and you expect that your need for resources will continue after April 2021, you must submit an application to the 2021 Resource Allocation Competitions.

Have questions or need help with the RAC 2021 application process? Join us for a Q&A Session:

English Session
Tuesday, October 6
12:00 – 1:30 pm (EDT)
Register Online
French Session
Wednesday, October 7
12:00 – 1:30 pm (EDT)
Register Online

Key Dates

Fast Track Submissions *by invitation onlySeptember 23 to October 28, 2020
Resources for Research Groups (RRG) CompetitionSeptember 23 to November 5, 2020
Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) CompetitionSeptember 23 to November 5, 2020
RPP 2020 Progress Report submissionsNovember 10 to December 11, 2020
All RAC 2021 applicants notified of resultsLate March 2021
RAC 2021 allocations implementedEarly April 2021


To be eligible to submit an application to any of the Resource Allocation Competitions, Principal Investigators (PI) and co-PIs must:

  1. be a faculty member at a Canadian academic institution;
  2. be eligible to apply for funding from a Canadian granting agency;
  3. have an active Compute Canada Federation account with one of the following roles: Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, or Librarian.

More Information

Visit this RAC 2021 page on our website for the RPP and RRG Competition Guides, as well as information on eligibility and the scientific and technical review process.

Questions? Please email rac@computecanada.ca