AWS Research Credits Program

AWS Research Cloud Program logoOverview

Yale’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) Enterprise Agreement includes $200K in research credits to be used for research new to AWS.

Potential use cases include:

- Moving pipelines or other workloads from the Yale HPC clusters to AWS.

- Proof of Concept

- Workshop or Tutorial


All Yale faculty, post-docs and graduate students are eligible to apply; post-docs and graduate students will need sponsorship from their faculty advisor.

Application Details

Program Timeline

The total allotment for the research credits will be split into the following three years.

  • Year 1: 2020 - 2021
  • Year 2: 2021 - 2022
  • Year 3: 2022 - 2023

The application period for Year 2 will be be announced in early fiscal year 21 (after July 1, 2021).

Application Process

The application is a short webform where you will provide your contact details, title and description of your proposed project, as well as a budget between $5K and $10K.

Up to 10 proposals will be awarded for up to $10K each. Credits will be good for the earlier of one year or until the credits have been fully utilized. Please make sure to account for the duration of the credits in your project timeline, as the end date cannot be extended and credits will expire if unused.

Please use the AWS Pricing Calculator to help you identify appropriate services and monthly costs. The AWS Technical Account Manager (TAM) will also be available for consultation to develop the project budget. The TAM’s office hours are posted on our calendar.

Project Selection

The selection committee will consist of faculty and administrators serving on the YCRC Steering Committee and YCRC program management staff. In the case that a steering committee member applies for a grant, they will be excused from the selection process.

AWS accounts will be created and credits awarded in the weeks following the decision date. Researchers will be offered training credits to learn how to use the AWS services for their project. The AWS TAM will be available for consultation throughout the award year, however, they are not able to assist in implementing projects.

Please contact us at with any questions.