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Alliance Resource Allocation Competition (RAC)

Opportunity NameResource Allocation Competition (RAC)
AgencyDigital Research Alliance of Canada
ValueN/A (Digital Research Alliance of Canada will offer access to computing time, storage space and cloud resources in their systems)
Indirect CostsN/A
DurationUp to 3 years
Application due to FSc RO at for full review10-24-2023
Application and fully signed ORS checklist due to FSc RO at for mandatory review10-31-2023
Final application and fully signed ORS checklist due at ORS for mandatory review11-03-2023, by 9:00AM
Application due at agency 11-07-2023, by 11:59PM

The RAC provides support through the following two peer-reviewed application process: 

  1. Resources for Research Groups (RRG) – for projects whose primary purpose is to conduct research requiring compute, storage and cloud resources to meet their goals. Project primarily needing persistent instances in the cloud to provide a service through a platform, or a portal should apply through the Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) application process instead. 
  2. Research Platforms and Portals (RPP) – for projects whose primary purpose is to provide a service through scientific gateways that improve access to shared datasets, enhance existing online research tools and facilities, or advance national or international collaboration. However, projects primarily needing compute resources in a cluster to conduct research should apply through the RRG process instead. 

Projects applying must: 

  • provide a service to a larger research community via a set of cloud-based tools, applications and/or data, thus enabling them to access national computational resources via a common interface; 
  • be able to develop, operate and manage the proposed portal or platform with minimal support from the Federation


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).

How to Apply

York University researchers are reminded that all applications for external research funding, including Letters of Intent, must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Research Services before they are submitted to the granting agency.  For internal approval, the application must be accompanied by a completed ORS Checklist, which requires the Dean’s signature.  Please send the complete application, with the finalized budget and a completed ORS checklist to, five days prior to agency deadline.

ORS is accepting electronic applications – the process is outlined here.


English session — September 28, 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST

French session — September 29, 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST

For specific questions, please contact FSc Research Services at