Research PortalResource Allocation Competitions


To view the results of this year’s competitions, please click here.

Each fall, Compute Canada invites researchers to apply to our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and request storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.

These competitions are open to Canadian research projects from all disciplines. Applications are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence. Please find here the list of 2019 RAC Expert Review Committees.

Questions about Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions are welcome at any time by emailing

You may also find it helpful to consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you have questions about the terminology, please consult the Compute Canada Technical Glossary.

Competition Guides

For RAC 2019, researchers could apply to the following resource allocation competitions:

  • Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competitionsci
    This competition is aimed at applications from individuals or small groups of researchers in need of compute, storage or cloud resources at a scale beyond that available from local institutional or provincial resources. It is intended for faculty members from all disciplines and their sponsored users. Allocations are awarded typically for 1 year.
  • Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition
    This competition enables communities to develop research projects that improve access to shared datasets, enhance existing online research tools and facilities, or advance national or international research collaborations. RPP 2019 focussed solely on scientific gateways. RPP allocations can be awarded for a maximum of 3 years.


Any individual who is eligible to apply to national granting councils for funding is eligible to apply for an allocation. Typically, this means that regular faculty are eligible to apply while postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are not.

Individuals who have adjunct status may apply for an allocation if the project for which the allocation is requested is eligible for funding from CFI or the granting councils.

For the RRG competition, a Principal Investigator (PI) cannot apply as a lead submitter for more than one RRG application, but can be involved in multiple RRG submissions as a participant. There are less restrictions in the RPP competition; a PI may submit multiple RPP applications as a lead. Overall, a PI may simultaneously hold lead positions on both an RRG allocation and an RPP allocation.

Expert Review

All applications submitted to the Compute Canada Resource Allocation Competitions are peer-reviewed and scored. Please note that the main purpose of this review process is to:

  1. Obtain expert opinion about the overall merit and feasibility of the proposed research project(s);
  2. Evaluate the appropriateness of the requested resources for the research project(s);
  3. Provide feedback to the applicants.

The main outcome of this process is an overall score for each application. These scores are used to scale and determine the final allocations to ensure fairness and effective use of Compute Canada resources.

We understand that some applicants may have already undergone an evaluation through the various granting councils. It is not the goal of this review process to evaluate and score a PI’s complete research program as an overlap to what the granting agencies have done. Rather, the goal is to determine how to accommodate such projects as best as possible given the limited resources available.

A scaling function, endorsed by the Chairs of the Expert Review Committees, is applied to compute requests to provide a means by which decisions on RAC allocations in a context of insufficient capacity can be made. For RAC 2019, this function was set so that only applications with a science score of 2.3 or higher (out of 5) received an allocation. Visit the 2019 Resource Allocations Competition Results page for more details about the scaling function and other RAC stats.

Expert Review Committees for RAC 2019

Please find here the list of 2019 RAC Expert Review Committee.

Past Competitions

To view the results of past Resource Allocation Competitions, please click here.