Research Portal2016 Resource Allocation Competitions

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The Resource Competitions for allocations in 2016 closed on October 05, 2015.
For details on the 2017 Resource Competitions (for allocations in 2017) please click here.

Each fall, Compute Canada hosts a Call for Proposals process for allocations of compute or storage resources that are either greater than the default usage level on any system or are required in order to support a platform or portal. These resource competitions are open to all researchers based at Canadian academic institutions who are eligible to apply for funding to the federal granting agencies.

Details on the Resource Competitions for 2016 (now closed) can be found below:

Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition

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:

  1. Letter of Intent (LOI) Stage
    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.
  2. Full Application Stage
    Successful LOIs will be invited to submit a Full 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.

Groups are encouraged to use the RPP competition if their application falls within any of the following categories:

  • Resources requested on behalf of a large community of users that will be reallocated to individuals and small groups following the award.
  • Applications that provide a public platform that will make use of Compute Canada computing or storage.
  • Groups engaging in international agreements to provide multi-year computing or storage solutions based in Canada.
  • Recipients of the Major Science Initiative from the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
  • Groups that are providing shared data sets accessible using a third party (non-Compute Canada) interface.

Full criteria details and submission guidelines are available in the RPP Competition Guide.

Competition Timeline:

Letters of Intent (LOI) Stage launched Monday, June 08, 2015
CCDB submission area activated. Applicants may upload their LOIs starting from this date. Tuesday, August 04, 2015
All LOI submissions due Thursday, August 13, 2015 – 4:00 pm EDT
Full Applications Stage launched Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Correction: The Full Applications Stage launch date has been delayed. The CCDB will be open for submissions starting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
All RPP Full Applications due Thursday, October 08, 2015 – 4:00 pm EDT

Competition Materials / Documentation:

More Information:

For any questions or for more information on the RPP Competition, please contact us at rac@computecanada.ca.

Resource Allocation Competition (RAC)

Resource Allocation Competition (RAC)

The RAC is targeted at applications from individuals or small groups of researchers in need of additional compute or storage resources. Allocations are available for one year, starting in January 2016.

Allocations are awarded based on:

  • quality of the science
  • quality of the research team
  • development of high-quality personnel (HQP)

It is strongly recommended that all applicants consult with Compute Canada technical staff before completing a RAC proposal. These consultations must happen prior to September 30, 2015, to allow adequate time for followup and support if needed.

Full criteria details and submission guidelines will be available in the RAC Competition Guide, to be posted here on August 01, 2015.

Competition Timeline:

RAC launched Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Correction: The RAC launch date has been delayed. The CCDB will be open for submissions starting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
All RAC submissions due Thursday, October 08, 2015 – 4:00 pm EDT

Competition Materials / Documentation:

More Information:

For any questions or for more information on the RAC Competition, please contact us at rac@computecanada.ca.

Fast Track Process

Fast Track Process

This process is targeted at returning RAC applicants who wish to maintain their existing RAC allocation for another year with no change to the scientific approach or minimal changes to the amount of resources needed. Allocations are available for one year, starting in January 2016.

This an invite-only competition and eligible applicants will be contacted by Compute Canada to explain the process. Please note, applicants can only receive allocations through the Fast Track process for two consecutive years. After that, they must apply to the regular RAC or RPP competitions.

Competition Timeline:

Fast Track Process launched Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Correction: The RAC Fast Track launch date has been delayed. The CCDB will be open for submissions starting on Wednesday, September 9, 2015.
All Fast Track submissions due Friday, September 25, 2015 – 4:00 pm EDT

Competition Materials / Documentation:

More Information:

For any questions or for more information on the Fast Track Process, please contact us at rac@computecanada.ca.

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