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Compute Canada Resource Allocation Competitions launch on SEPT 24

On September 24, 2019, the Compute Canada Federation will launch its annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC), a peer-reviewed process to grant priority access to storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via its Rapid Access Service.

These competitions are open to Canadian research projects from all disciplines. Applications are evaluated for both technical feasibility and scientific excellence.

Key Dates

Event Date
Fast Track Submissions *by invitation only September 24 – October 24, 2019
Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition September 24 – November 7, 2019
Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition September 24 – November 7, 2019
Online Q & A Session October 8, 2019
RPP 2019 Progress Report submissions November 14 – December 20, 2019
All RAC 2020 applicants notified of results Late March 2020
RAC 2020 allocations implemented Early April 2020

Competition Guides

This year, the scientific evaluation criteria has changed. Applicants are encouraged to read the competition guides carefully for this new information:

  • Resources for Research Groups (RRG) Competition
    This competition is aimed at applications from individuals or small groups of researchers in need of compute, storage or cloud resources at a scale beyond what is available via the Rapid Access Service. It is intended for faculty members from all disciplines and their sponsored users. Allocations are awarded typically for 1 year.
    A Fast Track application process is available (by invitation only) for users with existing RRG allocations who meet specific criteria.
    For the full RRG competition guidelines, please click here.

  • Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) Competition
    This competition enables communities to develop research projects that improve access to shared datasets, enhance existing online research tools and facilities, or advance national or international research collaborations. RPP 2020 is focussed solely on scientific gateways. RPP allocations can be awarded for a maximum of 3 years.
    For the full RPP competition guidelines, please click here.

CCV Reminder

More Information

New to the RAC or interested in learning more about the competition changes for 2020?
Tune into Compute Canada's online RAC 2020 Q&A Session:

Tuesday, October 08
9:00 - 10:30 am Pacific (12:00 - 1:30 pm Eastern)
Click here to register online

Questions are welcome at any time by emailing
For general inquiries about the process, please refer to Compute Canada's Resource Allocation Competitions page.