Competitive Access

Each fall, Compute Canada invites researchers to apply to our annual Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) and request storage and compute resources beyond what can be obtained via the Rapid Access Service (RAS).

Questions about Compute Canada’s Resource Allocation Competitions (RAC) are welcome at any time by emailing RAC team

You may also find it helpful to consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page. If you have questions about the terminology, please consult our Technical Glossary.


  • 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 1 year.

More details on the RRG Competition

  • 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. The RPP Competition is focussed solely on scientific gateways. RPP allocations can be awarded for a maximum of 3 years.

More details on the RPP Competition


  • Compute Canada resources are limited; therefore, applications are scaled based on supply and demand.
  • Refer to each Guide (either RRG or RPP) for the evaluation criteria specific to that competition.