Research PortalRAC – Frequently Asked Questions

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Compute Canada’s resource competitions have seen significant growth in demand since the first call for applications in 2011. For more information on Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) process, please refer to these Frequently Asked Questions or send questions to rac@computecanada.ca.

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RESOURCE ALLOCATION COMPETITION (RAC) FAQs

1. Why does Compute Canada need to allocate its resources?
2. Who is eligible to use Compute Canada resources?
3. What are the Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC)?
4. Is there any funding available through the Compute Canada Resource Allocation Competitions?
5. What is the Fast Track process?
6. What kinds of computing and storage systems are available for researchers to access through these resource competitions?
7. What kind of technical support is available with an allocation?
8. Should I consult with Compute Canada before submitting my competition application(s)?
9. How do I apply to the competitions?
10. Can a researcher apply to both the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) and the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competitions?
11. Is the Canadian Common CV (CCV) required to apply for Compute Canada resources?
12. I don’t recognize some of the acronyms or terms used in the CCDB application template. Is there a glossary available?
13. Am I at a disadvantage if my project proposal doesn’t rely on, or only partly overlaps with, existing Compute Canada infrastructure?
14. Do I need to secure the collaboration of an existing Compute Canada site prior to submitting an application to one of your resource competitions?
15. My research team is small and we do not have much funding, can I still apply to the Resource Allocation Competitions?
16. Can the deadlines for final submissions be extended?
17. When will I know if my application is successful?
18. What if I need a RAC allocation but I’ve missed the competition deadline?
19. What is the role of the Expert Review Committees?
20. Am I able to choose which Expert Review Committee reviews my proposal?
21. What is the role of the Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) Administrative Committee?
22. Why has the size of annual RAC requests increased each year?
23. What is the Rapid Access Service (RAS)?
24. What is Compute Canada doing to address the increasing demand for advanced computing resources?
25. What is SPARC and how does it relate to Compute Canada’s computing and storage resources?
26. How can I help Compute Canada advocate for more resources?

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RESOURCES FOR RESEARCH GROUPS (RRG) COMPETITION FAQs

1. What is the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition?
2. Who should apply to the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) competition?
3. Why are there two application streams in the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition? What is the difference between them?
4. What should I do if I need less than the minimum amount of resources allowed to submit an RRG application?
5. Can a researcher submit more than one application to the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) competition?
6. Do I need to apply to the RRG again this year even if I received an RRG allocation in 2017?
7. Do I need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply to the RRG?
8. Is every application to the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition accepted?
9. What is the average amount of resources requested and allocated?
10. How are the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) applications evaluated?
11. How are Fast Track allocations decided?
12. Do you anticipate I will receive more, less, or about the same allocation for the next Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition?

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RESEARCH PLATFORMS AND PORTALS (RPP) COMPETITION FAQs

1. What is the Resource Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition and how is it different from the Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition?
2. Who should apply to the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition?
3. Does the RPP Competition have application streams like the RRG Competition?
4. Can researchers submit more than one RPP application?
5. Do I need to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply to the RPP Competition?
6. If I receive a multi-year allocation, do I have to submit a full application every year to renew it?
7. If I have a one-year RPP allocation and want to keep it for next year, do I have to submit a new Notice of Intent (NOI)?
8. How are the RPP applications evaluated?
9. If my needs are going to increase over time, but I am not sure how or when that might happen, is it best to submit a shorter term (e.g. 1 year) but more accurate proposal, or should I anticipate my changing needs and submit a longer term application?

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ALLOCATION FAQs

1. What does the term 'allocation' mean?
2. What is a core-year?
3. How was my proposal's science score determined?
4. When will I receive my allocation(s)?
5. Is my allocation guaranteed?
6. Even though I explained the impact a reduction in my requested allocation would mean to my research, why was my final allocation less than my request?
7. If I use my total allocation and it was not sufficient for my needs, can I get access to more resources?
8. If I receive an allocation, do I need to apply to the RAC again next year?
9. Do existing RAC allocations get priority when future allocations are decided?
10. How does Compute Canada calculate the value of its allocation awards?
11. What is the Rapid Access Service (RAS)?

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