RAC 2016 Call for Proposals

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Compute Canada's Resource Allocation Competition (RAC) 2016 has issued a Call for Proposals. The RAC is granted on a one-year basis and so applicants must re-apply for a new allocation every year. Any individual who is eligible to apply to national granting councils for funding is eligible to apply for an allocation. The RAC is open to projects from all disciplines, from humanities to engineering. The allocation requests are peer-reviewed and awarded based on scientific merit, quality of the research team, and development of highly-qualified personnel (HQP).

Please note that people applying for RAC are NOT required to submit a letter of intent but just a full application with the information specified in the RAC 2016 Call for Proposals.

Who Should Apply?

  • All applicants must be registered users in the Compute Canada database (CCDB).

  • You should apply if you or your research group need more than twice the amount of a default allocation available in any of the Compute Canada systems.

  • You should apply if you’ve had difficulty obtaining sufficient resources to meet your current usage needs or you expect difficulty because of projected increased usage in the coming year.

  • In some cases, requests may be handled outside of the formal competition process, particularly if the request is only slightly over our systems’ default allocation levels or if your usage can be split over multiple systems.

  • If you haven’t participated in a RAC competition before, we strongly recommend you first consult with a member of our technical team to determine whether your resource request matches the competition criteria.

Common Canadian CV (CCV): PIs and co-PIs will be required to upload their CCV with their application for resources on the Compute Canada database (CCDB). This will make it easier for applicants to upload their CVs, standardise their format, and facilitate the work of the expert review committees when evaluating the quality of the research team.

A comprehensive list of terms and acronyms used in the competition and application process has been included in the RAC Call for Proposals and is available on the Compute Canada website, and should be consulted. Applicants will also need to indicate if their data are subject to special privacy and/or security considerations of which Compute Canada should be aware (e.g., personal health information, physical access to datasets, provincial or federal legislation, etc.).

Applicants may choose the scientific committee they would like to review their proposals. However, the RAC Administrative Committee reserves the right to assign the proposal to another committee if necessary.

The CCDB will be open for submissions from Wednesday, 9 September.

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