Resource Allocation Scheme (RAS)
RAS Round Seven - applications open on 3 April 2013,
for access to resources from July 2013
- 3 April: RAS Round Seven call for applications opens
- 8 May: Applications close (without exception)
- 1 July: Resource allocation is made available to successful projects - for either six or twelve months.
- 1 July onwards, successful applicants can set up access accounts and apply for introductory training.
You are strongly recommended to read the help page for tips on writing a successful RAS application.
Start your application here:RAS or Start-up Application.
The Resource Allocation Scheme (RAS) is the formal process through which VLSCI resource grants are allocated. Resources are awarded for a year and there are two RAS rounds per year. Calls for applications open in April for a July to June allocation and in October for a January to December allocation. Applications are evaluated and resources are granted subject to the VLSCI Terms and Conditions. To apply for VLSCI resources at other times, please contact the VLSCI Help Desk (see icon to right of this page). Resource allocation outside the official call for application periods will be subject to resource and evaluation committee members availability.
Who can apply ?
Staff members of a Victorian public research institution (including Victorian Higher Education Institutions, Medical Research Institutes, Teaching Hospitals and Victorian-based CSIRO Laboratories) and postgraduate students (through their supervisor) are eligible to apply to the Resource Allocation Scheme. Please also read about the Types of Projects we support.
Industry enquiries are also welcome and may be made to the Director at any time.
Startup Grants can be applied for at any time and holders of a Startup Grant can submit a full RAS Application covering resources until the end of that year.
Costs of Access
There will be no charge for use of computational resources granted by the RAS Committee. Usage of data storage beyond that granted for a project may incur a charge.
The PCF has a budget to install application software and datasets that are commonly used by the life sciences research community. Commercial software required by only one project will be considered by the RAS committee and if awarded may be purchased by VLSCI at the PCF manager's discretion.
Note that a grant by the RAS Committee does not imply that the VLSCI will necessarily acquire any software requested for that project.
Users are expected to access the Peak Computing Facility via AARNet. The PCF will cover the AARNet charges that it incurs, but users must pay for any communications charges billed directly to them from AARNet and any other data communications organisations that they may use.