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QCIF, AeRO and Google have partnered to deliver a cloud computing grants program, coupled with training support, for Australasian early career researchers and PhD students.

The ‘AeRO Cloud Grants Program’ is open to any PhD student or ECR (up to five years post-PhD) from accredited Australian or New Zealand higher education institutions.

The program will support projects that can benefit from access to scalable computing, data storage or machine learning technologies.

The call for applications is open for up to 20 grants to access Google Cloud and QCIF’s training skills support. The application process has been designed to be quick and easy.

Applications close at midnight (AEST) on Thursday, 19 August, and successful applicants will be announced in late August.

The program was established to help ECRs and PhD students build their research profile and overcome the challenges of accessing computing facilities and tighter funding. 

The grants include:

  • up to $USD 5,000 credit towards Google Cloud services to use in your research over the next 12 months.
    • PhD students can also apply for this program, with up to $USD 1,000 of Google Cloud services.
  • a half-day Google Cloud orientation workshop provided through the digital Google Cloud Hero program.
  • the option of either a one-day workshop from QCIF’s training program or a half-day one-on-one consultation session with a QCIF research computing support specialist. 

QCIF’s training courses are interactive hands-on workshops, currently delivered online by our team of experienced instructors, and cover a range of programming, statistics, and research data analysis topics

QCIF’s support team have a wealth of experience in data-intensive research and research computing support, especially in the applications of cloud, high-performance, and other specialist computing infrastructure, and can help grant recipients get the most out of their Google Cloud credits.

We strongly recommend you register to attend the Google Cloud Hero event on Tuesday, 17 August, 1-4 pm (AEST), before finalising the application form. This event is designed to provide you with information about how you can use Google Cloud in your research.

For successful grant applicants, QCIF’s training and consultancy options will be available until the end of February 2022, and any unused Google Cloud credits will expire at the end of August 2022. 

Visit the AeRO website for more information.