COVID-19 Resources

Canada’s research community is mobilizing to help address the current COVID-19 crisis and the Compute Canada Federation (CCF) has an important role to play. The CCF is committed to supporting COVID-19 researchers by providing access to advanced research computing (ARC) resources and expertise.

Table of contents:

ARC Resources

Support & ARC Expertise

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Access to ARC

COVID-19 researchers can access cloud resources, high-performance compute clusters, and storage using their free Compute Canada account.

Researchers may choose to repurpose the allocations recently awarded through the 2020 Resource Allocation Competitions for COVID-19 research. If so, please email our support team and let us know your plans. This helps us most efficiently manage the demands on our resources.

COVID-19 researchers are also invited to request a boost in their job priority and/or access to additional resources.

  • To access resources, please email our support team with “COVID-19” in the subject line. Include a short explanation of the type of resource needed and a brief description (2-3 sentences) of how the project relates to COVID-19.
  • If you need a boost in priority for specific jobs, please mention the name of the cluster you are using and the job(s) ID(s).

Requests will be evaluated by an internal review panel to assess the technical feasibility and resources available.

A few important things to note:

  1. Projects that have already received funding will receive priority. If you have received funding for COVID-19 research, please mention the funding agency, the total amount awarded and the portion of the award dedicated for computational research.
  2. Compute resources for COVID-19 can be allocated for a maximum of 3 months.
  3. COVID-19 compute allocations can be extended for a maximum of one additional period of up to 3 months subject to a review.
  4. As a general rule, unused compute allocations will not be extended.
  5. If you anticipate that your need for compute resources will increase or continue beyond April 2021, you should consider submitting a RAC application in the fall.
  6. We will publish the following information about COVID-19 related allocations on our website:
    Full name of the PI
    Project Title
    Project Summary
    Allocation amount

If you have any questions, please email our support team.

Access to Support & ARC Expertise

The CCF is committed to supporting COVID-19 researchers by providing access to advanced research computing (ARC) resources and expertise. Our Support Team works in collaboration across the country to help researchers get the most out of Canada’s national ARC platform.

Support can include:

  • Consulting in high-performance computing (HPC), data analysis, machine learning, and visualization
  • Connecting researchers to Canadian scientists from other research areas and institutions to further collaborations.

To access ARC expertise, please email our support team

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Researchers working on COVID-19 may also find these additional resources useful.


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is providing up to $15 million in total support to stimulate collaborations between academic researchers and the public and not-for-profit sectors, and industry to address pandemic-related research and technical challenges. NSERC is processing these applications in an accelerated fashion and partners do not need to provide cash contributions to participate, but must be engaged throughout the research process, from input in design to using the expertise and/or the research results.

Genome Canada

Genome Canada has announced a second COVID-19 Rapid Response Program (RRP) funding opportunity to support outcome-driven projects focused on delivering a genomics-based solution (either technology or knowledge driven) to help address the COVID-19 crisis in the near term. Genome Canada is making $1.5 million available, up to $250,000 per regional Genome Centre. Projects must start no later than July 1, 2020 and be completed on/before June 30, 2022.

COVID-19 Resources Canada

COVID-19 Resources Canada is a central hub designed to help those involved in COVID-19 R&D in Canada to locate human resources, expertise, reagents and equipment in a timely manner. Co-led by Compute Canada user and McGill University Professor Guillaume Bourque, this hub was created by a group of Canadian researchers, students, activists and web developers who want to support Canada’s COVID-19 response.


CanCOVID is an expert community of Canadian COVID-19 researchers, clinical collaborators, and healthcare stakeholders from across the country. Canada’s Chief Science Officer mandated the creation of CanCOVID to optimize Canada’s research response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. is a tool for accessing experts, facilities and/or intellectual property that exists on campuses across Canada. enables this by analyzing over 200,000 research projects, hundreds of facilities, and more than tens of thousand of pieces of IP to identify the most relevant institutions, researchers, facilities and licensing opportunities for a given search term.


XSEDE / COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium

The COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium is an American private-public effort to provide free compute time and resources across a range of computing capabilities in the United States, from small clusters to some of the largest supercomputers in the world. Canadian researchers are eligible to apply for these resources through XSEDE.

Association for Computing Machinery

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is opening its ACM Digital Library until June 30, 2020, with no fees for accessing or downloading work published by ACM. It’s hoped this will help researchers, practitioners and students maintain access to ACM publications as well as increasing visibility and awareness of ACM’s journals, proceedings and magazines.


Globus is offering access to all its service features at no cost to any institution engaged in COVID-19 research. Globus is a global data management tool for moving, sharing, and discovering data via a single web browser interface — whether your files live on a supercomputer, lab cluster, tape archive, public cloud or laptop.​ Developers can also use Globus to build applications and gateways leveraging Globus’ advanced identity management, single sign-on, search, authorization, and automation capabilities.

The Carpentries

The Carpentries, a global community teaching data and coding skills, is sharing community-contributed tips for how to teach and deliver training online.


Skillsoft offers cloud-based learning and performance support resources, with an eLearning library featuring more than 7,000 courses, 65,000 videos, and 46,000 books. In response to COVID-19, Skillsoft is offering a free 60-day trial of Percipio, its learning experience platform.