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Compute Canada Announces 2018 Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) Information

Compute Canada has published the details for its 2018 Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and will be hosting an online RAC Question & Answer session on Wednesday, October 11 to review the timelines and changes to the process for this year.

Each fall, researchers apply to the RAC competitions to request storage and compute resources. Applications submitted to these competitions are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence.

In 2018, researchers will be able to apply to two resource allocation competitions:

In response to feedback received from the research community, and in an attempt to improve the application process, Compute Canada has made some important changes to its resource allocation process, which include:

  • this year, the submission of a Notice of Intent (NOI) is not a prerequisite for applying to the RPP competition;
  • consequently, PIs can submit their application at any time between the start and end date of the competition (see schedule below).

Also, this year they are making an exception and allowing RRG applicants who have already been fast tracked twice, to apply again this year. (Typically, allocations via Fast Track are limited to two years in a row.) Please read the Fast Track Eligibility Criteria for further details.

Questions about Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions are welcome at any time by emailing

Schedule for 2018

Process Opens Due
Fast Track application (by invitation only) Early October Nov 2, 2017
Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) application Early October Nov 16, 2017
10:00 pm EST
Resources for Research Groups (RRG) application Early October Nov 16, 2017
10:00 pm EST
RAC 2018 allocation letters sent to all applicants late March 2018
Public Announcement & Implementation of Awards mid-April 2018


Compute Canada RAC 2018 Q&A Session

To learn more about this year's competitions, as well as important changes to the RAC 2018 process, Compute Canada invites you to attend its online Q&A Session.

Session Details:
Wednesday, October 11
12:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern
RSVP HERE (webinar connection details will be emailed to all registrants)

WestGrid Webinar on RPPs for Humanities & Social Science Researchers

On Thursday, September 21, WestGrid is hosting a webinar presentation that will explore how Compute Canada's RPP Competition can support research projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences. This talk will also touch on other services and support Compute Canada can offer Humanities and Social Science researchers, including the cloud computing, data management tools, file storage and transfer services, and collaboration tools.

The RPP Competition is particularly suited to research projects that serve large communities of researchers. RPPs are often used by groups who:

  • provide a public platform serving a large community of users (individuals and/or small groups)
  • engage in international agreements to provide multi-year computing or storage solutions based in Canada
  • provide shared data sets accessible using a third party (non-Compute Canada) interface
  • are recipients of the Major Science Initiative from the Canada Foundation for Innovation

Session Details:
Thursday, September 21
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
REGISTER HERE (webinar connection details will be emailed to all registrants)


For more information on the Compute Canada RAC process, visit Compute Canada's Frequently Answered Questions page or the RAC 2018 Competition page.