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.
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.
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.
Please email OracleForResearch_ww@oracle.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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.
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.
Typically, our process usually works like this:
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.
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.
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.
Oracle for Research offers two distinct programs for researchers seeking financial support:
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:
We accelerate data processing for your research by working with top manufacturers, such as NVIDIA, AMD, ARM and Intel.
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.
We specialize in all manner of platform and infrastructure offerings, across application development, analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, big data, database services, data observability and systems management, data science, data integration and migration, and cloud security.
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.
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.
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).
Yes, please feel free to include Oracle for Research in mentions in publications, press or websites.
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.
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.
We’re ready to help you with any data migration needs.
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.
Participants can use their assigned customer support identifier (CSI) to file support requests at https://support.oracle.com.
Yes: from autonomous databases to analytics with out-of-the-box, built-in machine learning and AI capabilities, we do offer next-generation offerings.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 also have been identified.
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 Cloud credits to cover all the work described in the project application to assist the researcher to completion.
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 have 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.
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 non-experts; explains the work and how the funds and 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 2 pages, or 3-5 paragraphs.
Yes; however, if not selected in the previous submission cycle, it may be worth revisiting the style in which you apply.
The Oracle for Research Fellows Program includes direct research funding, computational resources, technical support, and various other kinds of assistance a researcher may need.
A researcher may only send in one proposal per Fellowship cycle.
Each application goes through an in-depth review by our internal Fellows Review Committee and Panel.
A CV or biosketch, and a completed Oracle for Research Fellows application detailing the proposed use of funding, the value to the research project, the applicant's institution, the larger research community, and Oracle.
Researchers will receive PR and marketing support from Oracle to create visibility to their project at the time of the award, throughout the project, and following the publication of research results.
Refer to the Fellows Program page for the current Fellows schedule. Here you will find more information on when we are accepting applications.