Academic Research Credits Program

Academic Research Credits Program

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  • What are the eligibility requirements for the GCP research credits program?

    Applicant must be a faculty researcher or PhD student at a regionally accredited academic institution in the United States, or degree granting institution in one of the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Belgium
    • Bulgaria
    • Canada
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic
    • Denmark
    • Estonia
    • Finland
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Hungary
    • Ireland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Israel
    • Italy
    • Latvia
    • Lithuania
    • Luxembourg
    • Malta
    • Netherlands
    • New Zealand
    • Norway
    • Poland
    • Portugal
    • Romania
    • Singapore
    • Slovakia
    • Spain
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • United Kingdom
    • United States

    We do not support for-profit institutions. We hope to expand to other geographies.

  • What can Google Cloud Platform credits awarded through this program be used for?

    GCP credits can be used for most computing services on Google Cloud Platform such as storage, compute, and data analysis. The credits can not be used for Maps Platform products. Credits may not be used for Google Cloud support packages. Credits must only be used for research described in the proposal section of your application.

    Limitations: GCP credits may not be used to engage in mining cryptocurrency. Please note that credits are awarded at Google's discretion. Google reserves the right to not grant credit awards, revoke credit awards, and to change the qualifying criteria at any time.

  • How much are the credit awards?

    Faculty awards are worth up to $5,000 USD in GCP credits.

    PhD student awards are worth $1,000 USD in GCP credits.

  • How do I apply to the GCP research credits program?

    Academic researchers can apply using our online application form.

  • Is there a deadline to apply?

    We accept applications on an ongoing basis.

  • How long will it take for my application to be reviewed and approved?

    In general, we review and make decisions on applications within 4-6 weeks. You may be contacted by our team to discuss your application further if necessary. Please indicate any urgent requests or timelines within your application proposal.

  • Can multiple individuals from the same research proposal apply?

    Only one person per research proposal may apply.

  • Can graduate students or PhDs conducting research apply?

    PhD students conducting research may apply for $1000 in GCP Credit. Graduate students are not eligible for research credits.

  • Can I apply for Google Cloud credits multiple times?

    No, you can only receive a Google Cloud research credit once. Beginning in 2021, to ensure program adherence to our mission, researchers may only receive one award from this program.

    We realize that this may come as a surprise, and because of this, we created a referral program as an additional option. If you refer two qualified applicants to our program then you can qualify for a new research grant. If this sounds like a path to pursue, please have your referrals apply to our program and share their university email addresses with us after you’ve confirmed with them that they’ve applied (with their matching university email address).

    Please note that credits are awarded at Google’s discretion and not all applications may be supported.

  • Does Google prioritize certain research areas over others (e.g., Computer Science over English Literature)?

    No, the GCP research credit program is open to any field of academic research. We see value in supporting and learning from many fields of research.

  • What GCP Terms of Service apply to my use of GCP services?

    If you have a current GCP account through your educational institution, the Terms of Service negotiated between your institution and Google will continue to apply, as before. If you do not have a pre-existing GCP account through your educational institution and must create a new account to access GCP services, the Terms of Service you must click-to-accept govern your use of GCP.

  • What does pricing look like for Google Cloud Platform?

    For current prices, see the Google Cloud Platform Pricing Calculator.

  • Do credit awards expire?

    Credit awards expire 365 days from the credit issuance date, or when the credit amount has been fully used, whichever comes first.

  • How should I disclose that I received GCP credits in my research if I receive and use GCP credits?

    You should acknowledge the connection between your project and your use of Google Cloud Platform via a research credit, with a statement like the following: “This material is based upon work supported by Google Cloud.”

  • What documentation or training is available?

    You can find training for by research area on the Researcher overview page.

  • Who should I contact if I have any questions?

    For any additional questions, please contact gcpresearchcredits@google.com. Please check your spam folder and enable access from our email alias CloudEduGrants@google.com through your email settings if you do not receive a confirmation email for your application within 24 hours (i.e. unmark email address from spam list). This ensures all notifications and program updates are communicated to each applicant.

  • Will Google Cloud credits offset my existing balance due to compute workloads I have already performed?

    No. Google Cloud credits are not retroactive. Unless you are planning to use your regular payment method, please do not perform any workloads before your Google Cloud credit is actually reflected in your account and the project is using the billing account associated with the credits.

  • Where can I find my billing account ID?

    The billing account ID is an 18 digit alphanumeric code. You should be able to see it in https://console.cloud.google.com/billing after you login with your credentials.

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