You can run instances of various sizes on the cloud, from one to 16 cores, and from one instance to hundreds. When you submit a request for a project allocation, you will become the project (or tenant) manager. You will be able to add other users to the project, amend and extend the allocation.

Project Trials (Automatic, no application required)

When you log into the cloud for the first time, you are automatically granted a Project Trial Research Allocation of two cores for three months. Project Trials have names like pt-2061.

Within your default allocation you can run:

  • a medium (two core) instance, or
  • two small (single core) instances.
  • As you get near the end of your Project Trial, submit a request for more resources.

Submit a Request for more resources

To request access to more Nectar Cloud resources, you fill in a new request  or you amend/extend one of your existing requests

Use the Project Allocation Request form from the left hand side menu of the dashboard.

  1. Login to the Nectar dashboard at
  2. On the left hand side, click "Allocations" 
  3. If you're requesting a New Allocation, click "New Request"     
  4. Or : If you're amending/extending an existing non-trial project, navigate to "My Requests" and click the "Amend/Extend allocation" button on the right, next to your project.
  5. On the Request Form, you're asked to fill in or adjust some details about  your research project. 
  6. Click the "Submit" button.

Only a project's manager(s) can request an amendment to the project's resources. Be sure to select the correct project in the Dashboard, otherwise you may not see the corresponding request in the "My Requests" tab.

As a rule of thumb, the more resources you ask for, the more detail we require about your research. Requesting a few cores won’t be scrutinised as much as requesting tens or hundreds of cores.

How do I choose my allocation home location or whether my project should be a national unassigned allocation?

If your institute is a member of one of the 6 Nectar Nodes (TPAC, QCIF, Monash, UniMelb, Intersect and NCI) then it is best to choose your node as the "allocation home location" on the request form. The allocation approvers will approve this or correct/change if the request meets the criteria for a National Merit Allocation or if it is incorrectly chosen. Allocation requests that meet Research Cloud National Merit Scheme Criteria (refer to section 7.1 of the Research Cloud National Allocation Scheme Policy) can to be approved as an National Merit allocations and can run on any of the federated nodes. For National Merit allocations the "allocation home location" will be approved as "National Unassigned". All other allocations must run on their approved "allocation home location". For allocation requests from South Australian and Western Australian and non-node members users that don't meet the National Merit criteria, Nectar nodes may offer support to host the allocation when they are in strategic research collaborations of interest to the node, e.g. the TPAC node has offered to provide support for marine science researchers. 

What happens after you submit a request

When you submit the request, you will receive a confirmation email with all your details. View or edit your request by clicking on the ‘My Requests’ tab at the dashboard.

Your request will be reviewed by your local node (if any) or the Nectar Allocation Committee. This can take up to four weeks to process.

If there are any issues with your request, we will get in touch with you. You may be asked to provide more detail about your research or to clarify your technical requirements.

Approved requests become "Projects"

We create a Research Cloud Project using your project name, for example ‘QCIF DNA Sequencing Project’. You will receive an email confirming everything is ready to go. As the requester, you will automatically be the project manager. You can assign another project manager by contacting the support desk.

As a user, you can be a member of more than one project. You select the current project to access at the dashboard using a drop down menu on the left hand side.

Managing an approved Project (Add / remove users)

Users can be members of multiple Projects sharing each Projects resources with its members. 

If you are a project manager, you can add or remove users from your allocation in the users tab on the nectar dashboard. To add a user, you only need the email address they use to access Nectar via AAF. Note that they must have previously accessed the Nectar Dashboard for this to work.

If you would like to transfer status as "project manager" to another user, request the change by launching a support ticket. It is helpful to do this before your account becomes deactivated if you are leaving your AAF member institution.

How do I increase my existing Projects' resources

As a project manager, you can make changes to your request at any time by clicking on ‘My Requests’ at the dashboard. This will show the requests you have made and you can update them.

If you change and resubmit the request, it will go through the review process as outlined earlier.

This can be used to change the resources allocated, or to extend an allocation prior to its expiry (see Project Allocation and Expiry).