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COVID-19 Research Resources

Canada’s research community is mobilizing to help address the current COVID-19 crisis and the Compute Canada Federation (CCF) has an important role to play in supporting these efforts. Below is a brief compilation of some of the COVID-19 resources and support available to Canadian researchers through the CCF, as well as other research sector partners.

If we missed including your or another organization's offer of support in this list, please let us know by emailing and we will add them.


Compute Canada Federation

The Compute Canada Federation (CCF) is committed to supporting COVID-19 research and is encouraging researchers involved in COVID-19 related projects to reach out, even if they are not currently Compute Canada users. CCF support could include:

  • Providing access to cloud resources, high-performance clusters, storage or boosting your job priority
  • Consulting in high-performance computing (HPC), data management, data analysis, machine learning, and visualization
  • Connecting you to Canadian scientists from other research areas and institutions to further collaborations.

To access these resources, please email with “COVID-19” in the subject line. Include a brief explanation of the type of support you need and a brief description (2-3 sentences) of how your project relates to COVID-19.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is providing two new funding opportunities related to COVID-19 work:

  • NSERC Alliance COVID-19 grants:
    NSERC is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. Support for up to $50,000 for one-year projects is being made available immediately. NSERC is processing these applications in an accelerated fashion and partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research Rapid Response to COVID-19:
    This special funding opportunity is targeted at Canadian colleges and polytechnics to rapidly mobilize support and expertise related to the COVID-19 outbreak. All proposals are required to demonstrate the ability of the college or polytechnic to make immediate use of their existing resources and competencies to provide rapid support for near-term applications directly related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Click here for more information and to apply.

Genome Canada

Genome Canada has announced a second COVID-19 Rapid Response Program (RRP) funding opportunity to support outcome-driven projects focused on delivering a genomics-based solution (either technology or knowledge driven) to help address the COVID-19 crisis in the near term. Genome Canada is making $1.5 million available, up to $250,000 per regional Genome Centre. Projects must start no later than July 1, 2020 and be completed on/before June 30, 2022. Click here for more information and to apply through your regional Genome Centre.


D-Wave is offering free, immediate access to its Leap quantum cloud service and assistance from a community of quantum experts to anyone working on a response to COVID-19. Click here to access.

Mitacs and AGE-WELL

As seniors are at an elevated risk for severe health complications from COVID-19 and the adverse effects of social distancing, Mitacs and AGE-WELL are partnering to rapidly provide innovation-based solutions for this population. The new COVID-19 dimension to the Mitacs–AGE-WELL partnership provides funding to support technology-based approaches that mitigate challenges faced by older adults or their caregivers in light of the pandemic. Click here for more information.

COVID-19 Resources Canada

COVID-19 Resources Canada is a central hub designed to help those involved in COVID-19 R&D in Canada to locate human resources, expertise, reagents and equipment in a timely manner. Co-led by Compute Canada user and McGill University Professor Guillaume Bourque, this hub was created by a group of Canadian researchers, students, activists and web developers who want to support Canada's COVID-19 response.Click here to visit the website.


CanCOVID is an expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Canada’s Chief Science Officer mandated the creation of CanCOVID to optimize Canada’s research response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Click here to visit the website. is a tool for accessing experts, facilities and/or intellectual property that exists on campuses across Canada. enables this by analyzing over 200,000 research projects, hundreds of facilities, and more than tens of thousand of pieces of IP to identify the most relevant institutions, researchers, facilities and licensing opportunities for a given search term. Click here to visit the website.


XSEDE / COVID-19 High Performance Computing(HPC) Consortium

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is an American private-public effort to provide free compute time and resources across a range of computing capabilities in the United States, from small clusters to some of the largest supercomputers in the world. Canadian researchers are eligible to apply for these resources through XSEDE. Click here for more information and to apply.

Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is opening its ACM Digital Library for the next three months (until June 30, 2020), with no fees for accessing or downloading work published by ACM. It's hoped this will help researchers, practitioners and students maintain access to ACM publications as well as increasing visibility and awareness of ACM’s journals, proceedings and magazines. Click here to visit the ACM Digital Library.


Globus is offering access to all its service features at no cost to any institution engaged in COVID-19 research. Globus is a global data management tool for moving, sharing, and discovering data via a single web browser interface, and regardless if your files live on a supercomputer, lab cluster, tape archive, public cloud or laptop.​ Developers can also use Globus to build applications and gateways leveraging Globus' advanced identity management, single sign-on, search, authorization, and automation capabilities. Click here for more information and to access these resources.


Github has announced its making private repositories with unlimited collaborators available to all GitHub accounts, and all of the core GitHub features are now free for everyone. They're also reducing the price of their paid Team plan from $9 per user/month to $4 per user/month, effective immediately. Click here for more information

The Carpentries

The Carpentries, a global community community teaching data and coding skills, is sharing community-contributed tips for how to teach and deliver training online. Click here for more information

Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a Diagnostic Development Initiative (DDI) to provide support for innovation in rapid and accurate patient testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and other diagnostic solutions to mitigate future outbreaks. AWS is offering technical support and providing AWS promotional credits to support the use of AWS services to advance diagnostic research for selected institutions and companies. Click here for more information and to apply

Google Cloud

Google is inviting researchers to leverage its computing capabilities to study potential therapies and vaccines, track critical data, and identify new ways to combat COVID-19. Faculty and PhD candidates can apply for COVID-19 related research credits to tap into Google's resources. Click here for more information and to apply for credits


Skillsoft offers cloud-based learning and performance support resources, with an eLearning library featuring more than 7,000 courses, 65,000 videos, and 46,000 books. In response to COVID-19, Skillsoft is offering a free 60-day trial of Percipio, its learning experience platform. Click here for more information and to access the platform


Oracle is offering free access to online learning content and certifications for a broad array of users for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and Oracle Autonomous Database. Any user, including developers, technical professionals, architects, students and professors, will have quick and easy access to more than 50 hours of online training and 6 certification exams. This program will be available until May 15, 2020. Click here for more information and to access the platform



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