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Google Cloud for Researchers

Make tomorrow’s research breakthroughs possible. Accelerate your research with training, free credits, and resources from Google Cloud.

Explore the benefits

Submit a proposal to receive up to $5,000 in free Google Cloud credits for academic research. Use Google's high performance computing capabilities. 

Get started with Google Cloud by accessing free online training through Qwiklabs and applying for free learning credits to start using the platform.

Connect to a community of peers doing breakthrough research. Share ideas through online communities or apply to be a Google Cloud Research Innovator.

Learn Google Cloud

Get access to the Google Cloud catalog in Qwiklabs for hands-on practice. Apply to receive up to 200 credits (each lab costs 0–15 credits). Share credits with students and track lab completion.

Topic Overview Qwiklabs
High performance computing

Learn how Google Cloud can accelerate your high performance computing research initiatives. 

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    Tutorial - Using the Slurm Resource Manager to host Jupyter notebooks

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    Qwiklab - Slurm Auto-Scaling Clusters

Big data

Advance research initiatives with big data through the power of Google Cloud. 

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    Tutorial - Running R at Scale on Compute Engine

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    Qwiklab - Intro to Cloud Dataproc Hadoop & Spark on GCP

Containers and Kubernetes

Learn how Google Cloud can augment your work with containers and Kubernetes. 

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    Tutorial - Building Singularity containers using Cloud Build

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    Qwiklab - Orchestrating the Cloud with Kubernetes

Machine learning

Use Google Cloud to analyze data for real outcomes.

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    Qwiklab - Machine Learning APIs

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    Qwiklab - Entity and Sentiment  Analysis with the Natural Language API

Remote desktop and visualization

Research training for remote desktop and visualization

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    Tutorial - Setting up Chrome Remote Desktop on Compute Engine

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    Tutorial - Creating a virtual GPU-accelerated Linux workstation


Get helpful training using cloud computing storage.

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    Qwiklab - Cloud Storage: Qwik Start

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    Google Cloud Marketplace - DDN Cloud Edition for Lustre


Explore best practices for learning and using the specialized tools of Google Cloud to power your health care research initiatives.

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    Qwiklab - Google Genomics: Qwik Start

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    Qwiklab - Google Healthcare API

Financial services

Use Google Cloud to process and analyze financial data more efficiently.

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    Tutorial - Analyzing portfolio risk using HTCondor and Compute Engine

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    Tutorial - Analyzing Financial Time Series Using BigQuery and Cloud Datalab

Just for fun
Learning for fun

Test your knowledge and learn new skills with these hands-on cloud labs and tutorials.

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    Qwiklab - Awwvision: Cloud Vision API from a Kubernetes Cluster

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    Qwiklab - Implementing a Helpdesk Chatbot with Dialogflow & BigQuery ML


Join the community

All researchers who received Google Cloud credits are added to our online researcher community. Researchers can also apply for the Research Innovator program.

Researcher community

Join fellow faculty and researchers who are using Google Cloud in their labs and in their classrooms. Only researchers who have been verified and approved to receive Google Cloud credits are eligible to join. Please check your onboarding email for a link to join; or request access using your school-issued email address.

Research Innovators

Apply to join a global community of researchers driving scientific breakthroughs with Google Cloud. Research Innovators gain access to professional development and other benefits. We are not accepting applications now, but you can learn more about the program, meet the inaugural cohort, and request to be notified when applications open.

“We’re saving time and money by running Flywheel on Google Cloud, but what’s most important is the reproducibility we’re able to achieve. The ability to share our research to benefit people all over the world goes right to the heart of science for me.”

Dr. Brian Wandell, Faculty Professor and Director of CNI, Stanford University
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