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Computational-and Data-Related Opportunities to Support COVID-19 Research

As research surrounding COVID-19 has ramped up, we would like to provide you with resources that may be of help. Please see below for computational- and data-related opportunities to support COVID-19 research. If you have any questions regarding the opportunities, please feel free to contact us at .

Northwestern’s Quest
We will fast track the approval of COVID-19 related Research II allocation proposals. Please contact us directly at with “COVID-19 Research” in the subject line.

COVID-19 HPC Consortium
The COVID-19 HPC Consortium provides promotional compute hours and/or promotional credits for HPC resources on national resources (XSEDE, DOE) and commercial cloud providers, including Microsoft Azure, Google, and Amazon. Bringing together the Federal government, industry, and academic leaders to provide access to the world’s most powerful high-performance computing resources in support of COVID-19 research. Application details here.

Amazon Web Services Diagnostic Development Initiative for COVID19 Research Grants
This initiative provides support for innovation in rapid and accurate patient testing for COVID-19 as well as other diagnostic solutions to mitigate future outbreaks. There is a formal application process. However, please contact Liz Marlow ( directly if you plan to apply.

Google Cloud Platform
Google is providing a pool of $20 million in Google Cloud credits for academic institutions and researchers to leverage our computing capabilities and infrastructure as they study potential therapies and vaccines, track critical data, and identify new ways to combat COVID-19. Learn how to apply for credits on the Google for Education site.

NVIDIA is offering use of Parabricks accelerated GATK genomics analysis software free for researchers working on COVID-19, to speed their discovery. Technical support is also provided for applications which are not yet GPU accelerated.

Johns Hopkins Global Coronavirus Data
Available free of charge via public cloud providers:
Amazon Web Services
Google Cloud (BigQuery)Global coronavirus data tracking the number of confirmed cases, deaths, and recoveries, by location, updated daily. Since March 23, 2020, Johns Hopkins University has resumed posting US county level data.
Data sources include the World Health Organization (WHO), the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHC). This data is collected by Johns Hopkins University, supported by the ESRI Living Atlas Team.

Amazon Web Services Live Online Training
These sessions, normally $200-$500 each, are being offered free of charge by Amazon. For more details on what each webinar covers, click the links below.
• March 30, 2020: AWS Cloud Practitioner Essentials
• April 3, 2020: AWS Technical Essentials

XSEDE Trainings
Due to COVID-19, the XSEDE workshops will be temporarily available to individuals remotely. Information on the next workshop can be found here.

Globus File Transfer
Globus is offering free use of their add on services. Please see the list of services and let us know if you need anything beyond the Box Connector and AWS connector to facilitate your research