2016 Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition Now Open

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On Monday, June 08 Compute Canada launched its 2016 Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) competition.

We are seeking Letters of Intent (LOIs) from applicants in any discipline that use platforms or portals to serve the needs of a community of researchers. This includes projects that provide improved access to shared datasets, enhance existing online research tools and facilities, or advance national or international research collaborations.

The RPP competition is open to any researcher based at a Canadian academic institution who is eligible to apply for funding to the federal granting agencies. Allocations in this competition may be awarded up to a maximum of three years.

The RPP 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 requires further details on the requested Compute Canada resources, operation and management of the platform or portal, and the anticipated impacts and opportunities.

Applicants should use the RPP competition if their application falls within any of the following categories:

  • Resources are being requested on behalf of a large community of users that will be reallocated to individuals and small groups following the award.
  • Applications that are to 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 Mon, June 08
CCDB submission area activated.
Applicants may upload LOIs starting from this date.
Tues, Aug 04
All LOI submissions due Thur, Aug 13 – 4:00 pm EDT
Full Applications stage launched (invite only) Tues, Sept 01
All RPP Full Applications due Thur, Oct 08 – 4:00 pm EDT

For more information on the RPP competition and Compute Canada’s other resource competitions for 2016, click here.