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Compute Canada Resource Allocation Competitions accepting submissions until November 5

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Each fall, the Compute Canada Federation (CCF) invites researchers to apply to its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and request storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.

Submissions are due by November 05, 2020. Questions are welcome at any time by emailing

The program to support special requests for ARC resources needed for COVID-19 research will end on March 31, 2021. If you have received one of these allocations and you expect that your need for resources will continue after April 2021, you must submit an application to the 2021 Resource Allocation Competitions.

Key RAC dates & deadlines

Event Date
Fast Track Submissions *by invitation only September 23 to October 28, 2020
Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition September 23 to November 5, 2020
Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition September 23 to November 5, 2020
Q & A Sessions – Everybody Welcome October 6, 2020 (English) – Register
October 7, 2020 (French) – Register
RPP 2020 Progress Report submissions November 10 to December 11, 2020
All RAC 2021 applicants notified of results Late March 2021
RAC 2021 allocations implemented Early April 2021


To be eligible to submit an application to any of the Resource Allocation Competitions, Principal Investigators (PI) and co-PIs must:

  1. be a faculty member at a Canadian academic institution;
  2. be eligible to apply for funding from a Canadian granting agency;
  3. have an active Compute Canada Federation account with one of the following roles: Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, or Librarian.


  • You must apply with your primary, most up-to-date position. If you recently moved to a different institution and have not yet applied for a new faculty role in the Compute Canada Database (CCDB), please do so before submitting your RAC application.
  • If you have more than one faculty role on the CCDB, please make sure that your most up-to-date position is set as your primary role. On the CCDB, go to the Account Details to see which of your roles is currently set as primary and, if needed, click on the Make this role primary button next to the new role that you want to set as primary.

Failing to do any of the above could create problems if your application is successful. If you have questions or concerns about any of the items above, please contact

Pre-Submission Consultations

If you are applying for the first time to the RAC, we strongly encourage you to consult with Compute Canada technical staff prior to submitting your application. Consultations should happen prior to October 31, 2020, to allow adequate time for support by CCF technical staff.

The goal of the consultation is to:

  • Determine whether the resources needed for your project justify submitting a RAC application;
  • Verify the project’s eligibility to the right program (RPP vs RRG);
  • Provide technical assistance with the calculation of the resources needed.

To schedule a consultation with technical staff, please send an email to

You may also find it helpful to consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you have questions about the terminology, please consult the Technical Glossary.

More information

For complete RAC 2021 details and to view the Competition Guides, visit the Compute Canada website