Google Cloud Platform Credits for Research

The Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS) and Information and Technology Services (ITS) coordinate with Google to offer Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits to U-M research projects.


  • Any U-M researcher (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint) who is eligible to apply for federal grants as a PI, based on U-M guidelines.
  • An individual may participate as PI/co-PI on only one proposal. Co-investigators, consultants and other personnel are not limited by this restriction.

Project information:

  • The research project may be from any research discipline.
  • Both new and continuing projects are qualified.
  • The project needs to have other necessary resources in place so that they can start as soon as the GCP credits are awarded. We will not award credits to projects that are still pending for funding.
  • These credits may be used to support projects with HIPAA-compliant data. Please indicate so in the application and the ITS support team will discuss with you about the specific setup.
  • The awarded credits should be used within one year.
  • The credits can be used for any GCP service at the current U-M rates. Each research project can generally request up to $20,000 worth of credits; large projects that require more than $20,000 may be approved based on availability.


  • Proposal submission priority deadline: 11:59 pm, Aug. 6, 2021. After the priority deadline, proposals will be considered on a rolling basis until all credits are awarded.
  • Awards announcement starts on Aug. 27, 2021.
  • Project duration: 12 months.

How to Apply:

  • Applications should be submitted online.
  • Proposal content:
    • Project description, up to 2 pages, with minimum font size 10, and should include:
      • Research questions / specific aims, background, significance and innovation, and methods.
      • A description of how the computing credit will be used, and proof that other resources needed for this project are in place (for example, grant award notification or balance of discretionary account).
    • References (no page limit).
    • Biosketch in NSF or NIH format for PI, co-PI, and senior personnel.
    • Budget for GCP credits.

Review criteria

  • The project’s suitability for cloud computing resources.
  • The significance and innovation of the proposed research; likelihood of success; potential for continuation.

Post-award expectations

  • All teams will be expected to submit a brief progress report at the midpoint, and a brief closeout report at the end of the award duration. Unused credits will be reassigned to other projects.

For questions about proposal submission, please contact:

For help with budgeting and questions about GCP, please contact