Compute Canada Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) 2020 Launches

September 18, 2019

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 the Rapid Access Service.

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

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

Key Dates

Event Date
Fast Track Submissions


*by invitation only

September 24 to October 24, 2019
Resources for Research Groups Competition September 24 to November 7, 2019
Research Platforms and Portals Competition September 24 to November 7, 2019
Q & A Sessions – Everybody welcome October 8, 2019 (English) – Register


October 9, 2019 (French) – Register

RPP 2019 Progress Report submissions November 14 to December 20, 2019
All RAC 2020 applicants notified of results Late March 2020
RAC 2020 allocations implemented Early April 2020

For RAC 2020, researchers can apply to the following resource allocation competitions:

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.

For the full RRG competition guidelines, please click here.

Fast Track application process is available (by invitation only) for users with existing RRG allocations who meet specific criteria.

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.

An updated Canadian Common CV is required for the submission of an RPP or an RRG application. Please consult the CCV Submission Guide for further instructions.

More information:

Join us in October for our RAC 2020 Q&A Sessions.

English Session French Session
Tuesday, October 8


12:00-1:30 pm (EDT)

Register Online

Wednesday, October 9


12:00-1:30 pm (EDT)

Register Online


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