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The application stage for the 2017 Resource Allocation Competitions has ended. If you have questions, or if you would like to request consideration for an out-of-round RAC allocation, please contact

Each fall, Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) host a Call for Proposals process for allocations of compute or storage resources. Applications submitted to these competitions are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence. These competitions are open to all researchers based at Canadian academic institutions who are eligible to apply for funding to the federal granting agencies.

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Changes to the 2017 RAC Process

In 2017, researchers will be able to apply to two resource allocation competitions:

Also, in response to feedback received from the research community and in an attempt to improve the application process, we have changed the schedule for the 2017 competitions. The new schedule will start in September 2016 with the submission of Notices of Intent for the RPP. The final awards for all competitions will be allocated in April 2017.

Please note, due to the change in schedule to follow the fiscal year vs calendar year, allocations awarded in 2016 will receive a one-time extension to April 2017, rather than ending December 31 as they’ve done in the past.

New Schedule:

Process Opens Due
Research Platforms and Portals Notice of Intent submission Early September Sep 22, 2016
Fast Track application (by invitation only) Early October Nov 9, 2016
Resources for Research Groups and Research Platforms and Portals application Early October Nov 24, 2016
4:00 pm EST
RAC 2017 allocation letters sent to all applicants late March 2017
Public Announcement & Implementation of Awards mid-April 2017

More Information:
Questions about Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions are welcome at any time by emailing For general inquiries about the process, please refer to our General Information section below.

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2017 Competition Information


The Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) is no longer accepting RAC 2017 applications. The deadline for submissions was Thursday, November 24 – 4:00 pm Eastern. If you have questions or concerns, please contact

Click the links or scroll down the page for full details and key documentation for the 2017 competitions:

Q&A Sessions

Compute Canada hosted two Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions to outline important changes to the RAC 2017 process and to answer questions, including “Do I need to apply for a RAC?” and “Which RAC do I need?”:

English Session
Presentation Slides (PDF)
French Session
Presentation Slides (PDF)

For other questions or general inquiries, email or visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition

The Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition is targeted specifically at applications that create new or support existing research platforms or portals. Allocations in this competition may be awarded over multiple years, up to a maximum of three years.

This competition is delivered in two stages:

  • Notice of Intent (NOI) StageDue Thursday, Sept 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time
    This stage is non-competitive and used to ensure project alignment with the RPP competition rules. Submissions are generally one page, providing a high-level summary of the project’s rationale, operation and scope.
    NOTE: The NOI Stage is now closed. If you have questions, please contact Or, we encourage you to consider applying to the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition or using the Rapid Access Service.
  • Application Stage – Due Thursday, Nov 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
    Successful NOIs will be invited to submit an RPP Application. This stage includes greater detail about the requested resources, availability of the resources to the platform or portal, operation and management of the platform, and expected impacts and opportunities resulting from the resource allocation.
    NOTE: The Application Stage is now closed. If you have questions, please contact

Key Documents for the 2017 Competition:
More Information:

If you have questions or would like more information on the RPP Competition, you can contact us at any time by emailing

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Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition

(Note: This competition was previously referred to as the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC). The name has been changed to more clearly distinguish this from the overall Research Allocation Competition process and the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition.)

The Resources for Research Groups (RRG) competition is targeted at applications from individuals or small groups of researchers in need of compute or storage resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service. Allocations are awarded based on the quality of the science, quality of the research team, and development of highly qualified personnel (HQP).

  • The RRG Competition DOES NOT require a Notice of Intent.
  • Applications must be submitted electronically through the Compute Canada DataBase (CCDB) no later than November 24, 2016 – 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. If you have questions, please contact
Key Documents for 2017 Competition:
RRG Fast Track Applications:

A Fast Track process is available (by invitation only) for RRG applicants who meet all of the following criteria:

  • Request for 2017 is the same amount or less than what was requested when you received your most recent RAC (now RRG) allocation. (For example, if you requested 100 CY in your RAC 2016 application, you can request up to that amount in your Fast Track 2017 application)
  • Request for 2017 is within 50-750 CY of compute and/or 10-50 TB of storage
  • Received a Science Score of 3 or higher in your most recent RAC (now RRG) application
  • Have not used the Fast Track process for more than two consecutive years
More Information:

If you have questions or would like more information on the RRG Competition, you can contact us at any time by emailing

National Resource Allocation Competitions Committee (NRAC)

Chair Committee Role
Dugan O’Neil Compute Canada National Resource Allocation
Competitions Committee (NRAC)
Compute Canada
Chief Science Officer
NRAC Chair
Victoria Kaspi Astronomy and Subatomic Physics Committee Chair
Tomáš Paus Bioinformatics, Neuroscience and Medical Imaging Committee Chair
Peter Kusalik Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysics Committee Chair
Paul Kushner Earth and Environmental Sciences Committee Chair
Cécile Devaud Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences Committee Chair
Anabel Quan-Haasse Humanities and Social Sciences Committee Chair
Jeremy Schofield Nano, Materials and Condensed Matter Committee Chair
Nikolas Provatas Research Platforms and Portals Committee Chair

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Expert Review Committees (ERC)

Astronomy & Subatomic Physics
Name Institution
Victoria Kaspi (Chair) McGill University
Andrei Frolov Simon Fraser University
Christopher Matzner University of Toronto
Clarence Virtue Laurentian University
Falk Herwig University of Victoria
Harald Pfeiffer University of Toronto
Kris Sigurdson University of British Columbia
Natalia Ivanova University of Alberta
Roger Moore University of Alberta
Shirin Abbasinejad Enger McGill University
Steven Robertson McGill University
Bioinformatics, Neuroscience and Medical Imaging
Name Institution
Tomáš Paus (Chair) Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Arnaud Droit Université Laval
Connie Lovejoy Université Laval
Fiona Brinkman Simon Fraser University
Frances Skinner University Health Network
Guillaume Bourque McGill University
Hervé Philippe Université de Montréal
Jacques Corbeil Université Laval
John Parkinson Hospital for Sick Children
Laurence Pelletier Mount Sinai Hospital
Mallar Chakravarty McGill University
Michelle Brazas Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Michelle XiaoQing Liu University of Manitoba
Philip Awadalla Université de Montréal
Robin Haw Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Name Institution
Peter Kusalik (Chair) University of Calgary
Andriy Kovalenko University of Alberta
Christopher Rowley Memorial University of Newfoundland
Dennis Salahub University of Calgary
Gino DiLabio University of British Columbia
Guillaume Lamoureux Concordia University
James Gauld University of Windsor
Natalie Cann Queen’s University
Nicholas Mosey Queen’s University
Raymond Kapral University of Toronto
Raymond Poirier Memorial University of Newfoundland
Stacey Wetmore University of Lethbridge
Styliani Constas University of Western Ontario
Tucker Carrington Queen’s University
Yunjie Xu University of Alberta
Engineering, Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Name Institution
Cécile Devaud (Chair) University of Waterloo
Chandra Veer Singh University of Toronto
David Steinman University of Toronto
Dionne Aleman University of Toronto
Ebrahim Bagheri Ryerson University
James McDonald University of Ottawa
Jean-Pierre Hickey University of Waterloo
Kendal Bushe University of British Columbia
Parimala Thulasiraman University of Manitoba
Siva Nadarajah McGill University
Stéphane Moreau Université de Sherbrooke
Stephen Tullis McMaster University
Tian Tang University of Alberta
Xiaohua Wu Royal Military College of Canada
Environmental and Earth Sciences
Name Institution
Paul Kushner (Chair) University of Toronto
Claire Currie University of Alberta
Gwenn Flowers Simon Fraser University
Hind Al-Abadleh Wilfrid Laurier University
Jinyu Sheng Dalhousie University
Laxmi Sushama Université du Québec à Montréal
Paul Myers University of Alberta
Pierre Gauthier Université du Québec à Montréal
Saroja Polavarapu University of Toronto
Susan Allen University of British Columbia
Yajing Liu McGill University
Yuanming Pan University of Saskatchewan
Humanities and Social Sciences
Name Institution
Anabel Quan-Haase (Chair) University of Western Ontario
Jon Bath University of Saskatchewan
Lisa Goddard University of Victoria
Nano, Materials and Condensed Matter
Name Institution
Jeremy Schofield (Chair) University of Toronto
Armand Soldera Université de Sherbrooke
Erin Johnson Dalhousie University
Ivan Saika-Voivod Memorial University of Newfoundland
Michael Eikerling Simon Fraser University
Peter Poole St. Francis Xavier University
Pierre-Nicholas Roy University of Waterloo
Rene Fournier York University
Robert Wickham University of Guelph
Rustam Khaliullin McGill University
Tom Woo University of Ottawa
Research Platforms and Portals
Name Institution
Nikolas Provatas (Chair) McGill University
Christian Gagné Université Laval
Claudia L. Kleinman McGill University
Doina Precup McGill University
Dominic Forest Université de Montréal
Hirohisa Tanaka University of Toronto
Jackie Vogel McGill University
Jason Lerch Hospital for Sick Children
Katja Fennel Dalhousie University
Margaret Docker University of Manitoba
Michael Eberle-Sinatra Université de Montréal
Pierre Savard University of Toronto
Ranil Sonnadara McMaster University
Robert Beiko Dalhousie University

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General Information About RAC

Frequently Asked Questions
Past Competitions
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