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Resource Allocation Competition

The Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) enables faculty members and their research groups to access compute, storage and cloud resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service (RAS). 

Please carefully read the RAC Competition Guide for all the application requirements and processes.

If you are not sure about which application process is best for your project, please email

You may also wish to consult our Frequently Asked Questions page and the Technical Glossary.


Key dates



Resources for Research Groups (RRG) submissions

Fast Track Submissions

September 22 to November 2, 2022  

Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) submissions

Q&A Sessions – Everybody welcome

October 4, 2022 (English) – Slides | Recording

October 5, 2022 (French) – Slides | Recording

Announcement of RAC 2023 results

Late March 2023

Implementation of RAC 2023 allocations

Early April 2023



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, and
  2. have an active Alliance account with an Academic Principal Investigator role (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 CCDB, please do so before submitting your RAC application.
  • If you have more than one active 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 Home  page 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.


Guiding Principles

RAC is guided by the following principles:

  • All applications are given fair consideration through both a scientific and technical review process.
  • Resources are awarded based on the merits of the computational research project presented, rather than the merits of the overall research program.
  • There is no direct correlation between the amount of computational resources needed and the quality (excellence) of the research outcomes of a project. Important research can be done with a small amount of computational resources.
  • The challenges arising from the shortage of resources and other constraints within the system are shared among all applicants.


Past Competitions

To view the results of past Resource Allocation Competitions, please click here.