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User Account Requirements

While there is no cost for UB faculty groups to use CCR compute resources, queue priority is based on contribution level.   At a minimum, faculty using CCR resources are required to:

  1. Acknowledge CCR support in publications,
  2. Include a percent credit to CCR (at least a 5%) on the Sponsored Programs Approval Form (though this can be larger for grants requiring significant CCR resources).  NOTE:  Clicking the "use CCR" box on the Sponsored Programs Approval Form is not the same as including a percent credit to CCR.
  3. Communicate with CCR about the nature of your research, publications and any funding that you have.  The ability to provide this information to us is handled by the resource subscription management portal, Coldfront, and you will be required to update this info once per year.  


Account Application

  • New users (This is for UB faculty and new industry/business partners only.  Students, staff, and external collaborators must get the support of a UB faculty member or existing industry partner to receive access to CCR!): Please send an email to ccr-help @ requesting a new group account.  You will be contacted when the initial account is setup and you'll be required to provide information about your research at that time.  You can also use the blue support tab on the left of the browser window to submit a help ticket.  Please list your full name, UB email address, and departmental affiliation. 
Please Note:

Except during busy periods at the start of semesters, account requests are processed once per week on Thursdays.

  • Current Users (Faculty members or managers of industry/business projects with existing CCR accounts): To add or modify accounts for your staff and students, please login to the account portal, Coldfront, and add a new user to your project or a specific subscription.  Instructions can be found here
  • Non-UB Researchers: You must be affiliated with a current UB faculty or receive special permission from the CCR Director in order to receive a CCR account. Please contact CCR Help and include your contact information, a description of your research, the name of the UB faculty member sponsoring you, and the reason(s) why you require access to CCR resources. Access is granted on a case-by-case basis.

All users must comply with the UB Computing Usage Policy.


Priority Boost: Want your jobs to start faster?

In order to receive a priority boost in your jobs, you must have a funded grant that meets the criteria above and includes direct funds to CCR.  At minimum, you should budget $2,600 per year (40 hours/year of CCR support staff time at the SPA approved rate of $65/hour for typical projects - higher amounts as appropriate for projects that are expected to more heavily utilize CCR services).  Boosting your group's priority will substantially increase your job throughput.  Please notify CCR Help with your grant information so we can provide you with the boost in queue priority.

Before you submit a grant, we are happy to work with you on the budget to help ensure that we can best support your project. 

Acknowledging CCR in publications and grant proposals is important because it provides a metric by which the university can gauge the utility and impact that CCR resources (hardware, software, and personnel) have on externally funded research at UB.

Feel free to use the information in the CCR Facility Description for PIs as reference material for your proposals.  Also, if you would like a letter of support for your proposal, please contact us

Thank you for your support!


Acknowledging CCR

Please acknowledge resources provided by CCR in publications as follows:

Support provided by the Center for Computational Research at the University at Buffalo.


New Account Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions, check out our account knowledgebase dedicated to account questions.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact CCR Help.