Compute Canada Resources for Research Groups Competition


Compute Canada


Compute Canada invites researchers to apply to the annual Resource Allocation Competitions and request storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service.  There are two competition streams:

  1. 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 that available from local institutional or provincial resources. It is intended for faculty members from all disciplines and their sponsored users. Allocations are awarded typically for one year.
  2. 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 2019 is focussed solely on scientific gateways. RPP allocations can be awarded for a maximum of three years.


Any individual who is eligible to apply to national granting councils for funding is eligible to apply for an allocation. Typically, this means that regular faculty are eligible to apply while postdoctoral fellows and graduate students are not. Individuals who have adjunct status may apply for an allocation if the project for which the allocation is requested is eligible for funding from CFI or the granting councils. For the RRG competition, a Principal Investigator (PI) cannot apply as a lead submitter for more than one RRG application, but can be involved in multiple RRG submissions as a participant. There are less restrictions in the RPP competition; a PI may submit multiple RPP applications as a lead. Overall, a PI may simultaneously hold lead positions on both an RRG allocation and an RPP allocation.

Special Notes

RAC Applicants will be notified of results in late March 2019 with implementation of allocations in early April 2019


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

External Deadline

Deadline to submit Application to sponsor.  Please send a copy of your completed application plus OR-5 to with copy to

How to Apply

Review either the RRG Guide or the RPP Guide

For Questions, please contact

Office of Research

Ailsa Kay, Manager, Strategic Research Programs
Research Services Office
519-824-4120 x58321

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