Research Portal2017 Resource Allocation Competitions

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Each fall, Compute Canada hosts a Call for Proposals process for allocations of compute or storage resources. 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.

* New for 2017 *

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 now 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.

Process Opens Due
RPP Notice of Intent submission Early September Sep 22, 2016
Fast Track application (by invitation only) Early October Nov 9, 2016
RRG and RPP full application Early October Nov 24, 2016
Announcement & Implementation of awards Early March 2017 Mid April 2017


More information about the new dates and changes to the application process will be available soon. Preliminary details about the 2017 Resource Allocation Competitions can be found below:

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) 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.
  • Full Application Stage
    Successful NOIs 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.

More Information:
Full details on the RPP Competition’s application criteria, submission guidelines, and competition timelines will be posted soon. If you have questions or would like more information on the RPP Competition, you can contact us at any time by emailing rac@computecanada.ca.

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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 additional compute or storage resources.

Allocations are awarded based on:

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

More Information:
Full details on the RRG Competition’s application criteria, submission guidelines, and competition timelines will be posted soon. If you have questions or would like more information on the RRG Competition, you can contact us at any time by emailing rac@computecanada.ca.

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Fast Track Process

By Invitation Only

This is an invite-only competition and eligible applicants will be contacted by Compute Canada to explain the process. This process is targeted at individuals or groups who received a 2016 RAC allocation and who wish to maintain their existing allocation for another year with no change to the scientific approach or minimal changes to the amount of resources needed.

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