User Roles to Access Resources and Services of the Compute Canada Federation

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Access to CCF resources and services is based on Roles. There are four main categories of user roles:

  • Academic Principal Investigator: faculty member (full- and part-time), adjunct faculty member, or librarian at a Canadian university, college, or research hospital that is eligible to hold Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) grants; 
  • Research Institute Principal Investigator: lead researcher at a Canadian research institute that is eligible to hold CFI grants.
  • Non-Academic Principal Investigator: industry, non-profit, and government researcher, who, in specific circumstances, may apply to access CCF resources and services through regional Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI)-serving organizations: WestGrid; Compute Ontario; Calcul Québec; ACENET.
  • Sponsored User: any individual whom a Principal Investigator has identified and approved for access to resources and services.

Any Principal Investigator can identify and approve Sponsored Users to assist with their research. 

In certain circumstances, users are allowed to request more than one role.

The table below shows the list of available roles that users can request on the CCDB at any time:

Type

Role

Definition

Key characteristics

Academic Principal Investigator

Faculty

You are a full-time or part-time faculty member at a Canadian university, college or research hospital that is eligible to hold CFI grants.

– Can access CCF resources and services free of charge.

– Is eligible to request resources via the Rapid Access Service (RAS).

– Is eligible to apply to the Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC).

– Can sponsor users.

Adjunct Faculty

You are a full-time or part-time Adjunct Faculty member at a Canadian university, college or research hospital that is eligible to hold CFI grants.

Librarian

You must be a librarian working at a Canadian university or college that is eligible to hold CFI grants.

Research Institute Principal Investigator

 

Research Institute PI

You are a lead researcher at a Canadian research institute that is eligible to hold CFI grants. Please consult with a regional representative before requesting this role by writing to support@computecanada.ca.

-Can access CCF resources and services free of charge.

– Is eligible to request resources via the Rapid Access Service (RAS).

– Can sponsor users.

Government, Industry, Non-for-profit Principal Investigator

Non-academic PI

You are a lead researcher at a for-profit company, a non-for-profit organization or for the Government and want to apply for paid access to the Compute Canada Federation resources and services. Please consult with a regional representative before requesting this role by writing to support@computecanada.ca.

– In certain circumstances, may apply for paid access to CCF resources.

– Can sponsor users.

 

Sponsored User

Undergraduate Student

You are an undergraduate student.

– Can access resources available to the PI, at the PI’s discretion.

– Require a sponsor to create an account on CCDB.

Master’s Student

You are a master’s student.

Doctoral Student

You are a doctoral student.

Postdoctoral Fellow

You are a postdoctoral fellow.

External Collaborator (or Visiting Faculty).

You are a collaborator based at an institution different from that of your sponsor.

Researcher

You are a researcher employed by your sponsor’s institution.

Non-research Staff

You are a staff member providing support for a research group in a non-research capacity.

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