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Oracle for Research Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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  • What is Oracle for Research?

    Oracle for Research is a unique program, built to support the work of scientific researchers. Many of the people on our team have a background in research, and we have a deep understanding of the research process. At our core, we believe technology shouldn’t hinder research, and we’re here to help you navigate the increasingly complex landscape surrounding the back end of computational research. We want to help you store, analyze, and manage your data.

  • Why does Oracle have a program to support researchers?

    Our founder, Larry Ellison, is passionate about research and discovery: it’s in our DNA. Which is exactly why we are committed to providing easy-to-use cloud, database, and storage for those on a path to discovery.

  • What kind of scientists can work with Oracle for Research?

    We work with scientific researchers across all disciplines, including life sciences, climate sciences, environmental sciences, biology (including biotechnology and bioinformatics), chemistry (including chemometrics and cheminformatics), cardiology (and cardiomics), genetics, genomics, geology (and geophysics), geographic (geoinformatics, geospatial, GIS), ecology, economics and economic theory, oceanography, archeology, quantitative analytics (quant), linguistics, statistics, agriculture (and agtech), astronomy, aeronautics, astrophysics, molecular dynamics, robotics, paleontology and geopaleontology, environmental science, earth science, quantum computing, speech processing (and natural language processing, or NLP), proteomics, physics, neurocomputing, neuroinformatics, and the digital humanities. If a discipline exists, there’s a likely chance we’ve worked with specialists in that field before.

  • What if I just want to talk to someone?

  • Who do you consider to be a researcher? Am I eligible?

    We work with researchers from a variety of industries and verticals. While some of our programs and products are limited to only academic and non-profit researchers, we will still strive to help connect scientific researchers from all walks of life.

  • Where does Oracle for Research operate?

    Oracle is headquartered in Austin, Texas, but we are a global company striving to support customers in The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Israel, Poland, Belgium, England, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, India and beyond. Visit this page to learn more about our guidelines surrounding cloud regions and availability.

  • Where can I go to learn more about how to implement Oracle Cloud, from a technical perspective?

  • What are the benefits of Oracle for Research?

    When researchers get enrolled in our Cloud Starter Awards program, they get a grant for $1,000, which they can apply to a variety of technology offerings and products and services. But we also provide even more value via benefits like additional cloud storage, mentorship, migration support, marketing assistance and introductions to peers.

  • How long will I benefit from the program?

    It varies by the benefit, but there’s a good chance that if you’re in the program, we’ll find a way to keep offering you some way to get extremely discounted technology access, even beyond any expiration” date.

  • How can you help me “beyond” just technology?

    We have a global technical team dedicated to supporting our researchers, both as they onboard, and as they scale, with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. We’ll also help connect you with other scientists, so you can collaborate.

  • Why would I want Oracle Cloud, versus some other cloud provider?

    Other cloud providers may grant you credits towards the cloud, but that’s often where they leave it. We partner up to take you beyond the tech—and walk step-by-step with you along the entire research journey. Ours is truly a white glove effort.

  • Is my research data safe with you?

    Oracle is a pre-eminent technology vendor; our cloud is exceptional and top-of-category. We’re a company which has been around for 40+ years – and we prioritize data management and security. It’s something we’re known for.

  • I’m technically a student, not a researcher, and I don’t seem to fit with your program. Are there other options for me?

    Students who are looking for hands-on experience with Oracle Cloud are invited to try Oracle Cloud for free.

    Student entrepreneurs in the startup stage are welcome to enroll their startups in the Oracle for Startups program to take advantage of free cloud credits, deep discounts, and access to Oracle’s network of resources.

    Grants and awards

  • What are Oracle for Research Cloud Starter Awards?

    Oracle for Research Cloud Starter Awards grant qualified researchers a $1,000 credit towards their choice of cloud storage, database and service offerings, like (but not limited to):

    • Archive, object, file, and flex storage
    • GPUs and virtual GPUs (vGPUs)
    • Flexible compute shapes
    • Arm-based Ampere A1 cores
    • Oracle Autonomous Databases for data warehousing, JSON, transaction processing, or app development

    In being granted this $1,000 credit, researchers can get started quickly in hosting, processing, analyzing, and collaborating around their research data on Oracle Cloud.

  • What are Oracle for Research Project Awards?

    Our Oracle for Research Project Award program opens the door to greater financial funding and a deeper relationship with broader, hands-on support. Our team will provide hands-on consultations with solutions architects, introductions to peers for collaborative opportunities, assistance in co-authoring/publishing papers, and help in sharing your discoveries to a broad audience.

  • What happens after I apply for an Oracle for Research Project Awards?

    Typically, our process usually works like this:

    • You apply here.
    • Once we receive your information, we will determine if your proposal is a good fit for our program
    • If approved, we’ll send you the signup instructions for your special Oracle Cloud account
    • Additional steps may be needed
    • Notification of your cloud tenancy credentials will be sent to an approved email address
  • What are the terms and conditions for getting granted Oracle for Research Project Awards?

  • How many cloud credits will I be granted via Oracle for Research Cloud Starter Awards?

    The Cloud Starter program currently grants qualified researchers $1,000 to invest in Oracle Cloud storage solutions, services and programs of their choosing.

    For those that need additional cloud credits or resources, we offer another program, called the Oracle for Research Project Award. Recipients receive hands-on consultations with our solutions architects, get introduced to peers for collaborative opportunities, receive assistance in coauthoring/publishing papers, and, have their discoveries amplified to a broad audience. There are additional qualifications to get accepted into this program, including the viability of the data, overall project scope, and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure workload size.

    Cloud credits granted by Oracle for Research may be used only to power workloads directly associated with approved research projects.

  • What if I need more support than the $1,000 granted by the Oracle for Research Cloud Starter Awards?

    We offer a more advanced initiative for researchers, called the Oracle for Research Project Award program, where we fully support you, end-to-end, along every stage of the research process. Members receive additional computational resources like data storage, compute, and networking, but it goes beyond just the tech.

    Our team provides hands-on consultations and workshops with our solutions architects, introduces you to peers for collaborative opportunities, assists in coauthoring and publishing papers, and generates awareness for your discoveries by amplifying them to a broad audience.

    We give you your own, hands-on customer service representative.

    And, for select researchers, we also provide fellowships and build collaborative computational research centers.

    As a next step towards exploring deeper partnership, we recommend applying formally via this link.

  • What factors do you consider when determining if I get granted Oracle for Research Cloud Starter or Oracle for Research Project Awards?

    We look at a variety of factors: such as project complexity, duration, and scope. Ultimately, we want to support research projects that have the potential to profoundly impact the world within a five-year timeframe.

  • What kind of grants, awards, and credits does Oracle for Research offer?

    Oracle for Research offers two distinct programs for researchers seeking financial support:

    • Oracle for Research Cloud Starter Awards: for those who need to get started quickly, this $1,000 credit is an opportunity designed to get researchers expedited access to the benefits of the cloud. Sign up here.
    • Oracle for Research Project Awards: for greater amounts of funding (beyond the $1,000 credit offered by the “Cloud Starter Award”) and broader support, such as to additional computational resources, hands-on technology consultations, and assistance in promoting and publishing your work. Apply here.


  • Is Oracle for Research open source?

    Oracle for Research provides access to Oracle Cloud for all manner of researchers, from all kinds of different scientific backgrounds. We pride ourselves on building with open source solutions, and open data, in mind. We work with the tools you know and love to provide full compatibility for them to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) compute. Ultimately, the more we collaborate, the faster humanity moves. We support open source in other ways, like:

    • With Oracle Open Data, a unique marketplace that instantly connects Oracle Cloud users with open datasets from trusted institutions like NASA, UCSF, Broad Institute and more.
    • Partnerships and sponsorships with open data-first organizations like OCRE.
    • Collaborations with open source edge and cloud partners like OpenNebula.
  • Does Oracle for Research work with GPUs and vGPUs?

    We accelerate data processing for your research by working with top manufacturers, such as NVIDIA, AMD, ARM and Intel.

  • Will Oracle for Research work with my current IT infrastructure?

    We believe in offering flexibility for researchers. Whatever environment you may have already built, or whatever stage of the cloud journey, you are on, we’re ready to be part of your world. And, when you are ready to move fully beyond on-premises and shift most of your data to the cloud (or the edge), we are here to help with the transition.

    If you prefer to start from bare metal, or work within a hybrid infrastructure, Oracle Cloud supports that too. We work on the hybridization of cloud computing environments in partnership with many of the major server hardware manufacturers.

  • What kind of products does Oracle have?

  • Will Oracle for Research work with my programming language?

    Oracle for Research’s cloud offerings work with many different programming languages. Whether your organization has built your data environment in R, Python, C, Java or Linux (Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOs, etc), we can bridge the gaps—without you yourself needing to personally learn complex languages.

  • Will you help me with more than just cloud apps and cloud infrastructure? Like, will you help me with things like finding research grants?

    Believe it or not, yes. We want to be a true partner in every way, and we assist our customers in ways they might not expect. Part of that process is making sure researchers get the grants for the cloud storage and processing power you need to bring your big ideas to life. We’ll also help you with marketing, and awareness, when it comes to your research. We encourage you to apply to the Oracle for Research Project Awards program if you are interested in end-to-end support.

  • What other organizations does Oracle for Research partner with?

    We partner with a variety of different groups on different things. For example: we are a member of Internet2’s trusted, secure network of providers offering cloud solutions, research support and solutions. We also regularly sponsor events in support of the Society of Research Software Engineering (RSE).

  • Should I acknowledge Oracle in my research project work, in publications, or on websites?

    Yes, please feel free to include Oracle for Research in mentions in publications, press or websites.

  • What is Oracle Open Data?

    Oracle Open Data is an app that lets researchers connect with the most trusted scientific databases in the world – and dramatically increase the pace of discovery. With Oracle Cloud, get instant access to insights from ZINC, GOES, MODIS, Landsat, Alpha Fold, PDB and more.

    So, whether you are out to conduct single cell analysis and sequencing, explore images via AR/VR, tap into computational pattern recognition, visualize data from language patterns, fast and easy access to these shared, open datasets like these will get you started, quickly.


  • How do I set up my Oracle Cloud tenancy for the first time?

    When it comes to setting up your cloud tenancy for research for the first time, we’ve got you covered. Check out this how-to blog.

  • How do I migrate my data to the Oracle Cloud?

    We’re ready to help you with any data migration needs.

  • How will know I have the right-sized or optimal cloud environment set up for my research?

    We want to make sure our researchers have the most optimal setup possible, o we’ve set up easy-to-use diagnostic tools to right-size their cloud environments.

  • What do I do if I have any technology problems and need tech support?

    Participants can use their assigned customer support identifier (CSI) to file support requests at

  • Do you provide artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions?

    Yes: from autonomous databases to analytics with out-of-the-box, built-in machine learning and AI capabilities, we do offer next-generation offerings.

  • I like my research environment to run in Linux, but CentOS is sunsetting. What can I do?

    Many of our scientists prefer open source or open data options for their research. In light of Red Hat’s sunsetting of CentOS, we’re finding an increase in customers migrating over to Oracle’s Linux platform. It may be a viable option for you.

  • Does Oracle for Research and its programs/products do anything to help me with data reproducibility?

    Yes. When we build for researchers, we always think about how we can find ways to help them analyze, automate, publish, standardize, and track their scientific data in a reproducible way. Security and consistency are our cornerstones

  • Can I cloudburst with Oracle Cloud?

    Yes, you can cloudburst with Oracle Cloud! When you have so much research data that it overclocks your IT systems, Oracle Cloud can help scale the workloads on an on-demand basis. Cloudbursting spreads the load to the public cloud, creating a hybrid cloud.

  • What kind of technologies does Oracle Cloud work with?

    We partner with a variety of technology and software vendors and we try to give as much choice as possible. Whether that’s OpenNebula or GraalVM, or whatever you’ve built on, we’re ready to support it. Oracle Cloud plugs into a vast cloud app marketplace, which offers access to Folding at Home, the NVIDIA GPU Cloud, Kinetica, and more.

    Fellows Program

  • How can the cash funding be used?

    The grant should be used as described in the project application. Frequent uses include funding students or staff, conference travel, and lab upgrades, though other uses have also been identified.

  • What is the value of the Oracle Cloud credits awarded?

    The value of the Oracle Cloud credits awarded varies by project based on the computing needs described in the project application. Our goal is to provide sufficient Oracle Cloud credits to cover all the work described in the project application to assist the researcher to completion.

  • What kinds of projects is Oracle interested in for this program (for example, publication-driven vs. development-oriented projects)?

    The Oracle for Research Fellows Program supports basic, applied, and translational research across all disciplines. The strongest applications are for projects doing novel work, that have the potential to significantly advance the state of knowledge in the field, that will receive significant benefit through access to Oracle Cloud, and that will have a wide-ranging, positive impact in the world. Interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects are welcome; the lead PI must meet eligibility requirements (PDF), and the award will be made to the lead PI’s institution.

  • Is there a page limit for the “Project Details” section in the application form?

    While there is no page limit, the strongest applications will provide a summary project description that contextualizes the project; explains complex or specialized science or other information for nonexperts; explains the work and how the funds and Oracle Cloud credits will be used; and describes the potential impact of the project. Detailed descriptions of tactical activities within the project are not required. In most cases, a successful “Project Details” section is at most two pages, or three to five paragraphs.

  • Can I apply again?

    Yes; however, if you’re not selected in the previous submission cycle, it may be worth revisiting the style in which you apply.

  • What does the Fellows Program include?

    The Oracle for Research Fellows Program includes direct research funding, computational resources, technical support, and various other kinds of assistance a researcher may need.

  • How many proposals may I send in?

    A researcher may only send in one proposal per Oracle Fellowship cycle.

  • How are proposals selected?

    Each application goes through an in-depth review by our internal Fellows Review Committee and Panel.

  • What are the other benefits of being an Oracle Fellow?

    • PR and marketing support from Oracle over the course of the project, including coverage in at least three Oracle for Research blog articles
    • A supported Oracle for Research webinar to share their project
    • Marketing support for each Oracle Research Fellow to attend and present their work at one research conference within two years of the award date
    • COVID-permitting, semiannual on-campus visits by at least one member of the Oracle for Research team to offer opportunities for collaboration, technical advising, or campus workshops to advance the project
    • COVID-permitting, one in-person celebration event for Oracle Research Fellows to meet and network with each other, incoming Oracle Fellows, and Oracle experts and team members
  • What documents do I need to send in?

    A CV or biosketch and a completed Oracle for Research Fellows Program application detailing the proposed use of funding and the value to the research project, the applicant's institution, the larger research community, and Oracle.

  • What type of project promotion will I receive by becoming an Oracle Fellow?

    Researchers will receive PR and marketing support from Oracle to create visibility for their project at the time of the award, throughout the project, and following the publication of research results.

  • When are the application periods?

    Refer to the Fellows Program page for the current Fellows Program schedule. Here you’ll find more information about when we accept applications.