How to apply for access?

Researchers can apply for access to an NGC Cloud, as well as read access to the National Genome Database, through our online application portal.

Pilot test of NGC Cloud

NGC Research Services are currently conducting a pilot test of NGC Research Infrastructure, running until the end of 2022. After the conclusion of the pilot test, other projects will be able to apply for access.

The pilot test aims to provide a holistic evaluation of NGC Research Infrastructure. The pilot test will assess internal legal and administrative processes, as well as the technical products and services which we plan to offer our users.

The pilot test will ensure that NGC Research Infrastructure supports the concrete needs of the Danish research environment, as well as promote the continued development of personalised medicine.

This webpage will publish information about the research projects participating in the pilot test, once they have entered an NGC Cloud use agreement.

Access to NGC Cloud

We are currently conducting a pilot test of NGC Research Infrastructure. Therefore, we are currently not accepting applications to use NGC Research Infrastructure. We will update this webpage when applications to apply for an NGC Cloud open.

About the forthcoming application process

You will need to complete an online application form to apply for access to an NGC Cloud. Access to NGC Cloud requires that you have already received all necessary approvals to gather and process data as outlined in your research project description.

Your research project must be authorized by the Danish Health Data Authority or Statistics Denmark. If your research project is not yet authorized, you must apply for authorization alongside your application to use NGC Research Infrastructure. We will publish more information on this webpage when the process for authorization by NGC is ready.

If you already have access to an NGC Cloud, but wish to make changes to your current contract, you must complete and send in the “amendment request” form. You can find the form in the appendix of your contract.

Read access to the National Genome Database

It is not yet possible to gain read access to the (Danish) National Genome Database. We will publish an update on this webpage when we open up for researchers to apply for access.

Data from the National Genome Database may not leave the NGC Research Infrastructure. Therefore, read access to data in the National Genome Database requires that researchers have access to an NGC Cloud.

In the future, you will be able to apply for read access to the National Genome Database and NGC Cloud simultaneously. If you already have access to an NGC Cloud, but also wish to use the National Genome Database, you must complete and send in the “amendment request” form, together with an application for read access to the National Genome Database.

Overview of the application process

1. Receive approval
2. Application
3. Technical sparring
4. Contract
5. Access to NGC Cloud

Step 1 – Receiving approval

Before you apply for access to an NGC Cloud, you must ensure that you have received all necessary approvals for gathering and processing data. The relevant Committee on Health Research Ethics (National or Regional) must approve your project before you can apply for read access to the National Genome Database. If you have not attached all relevant approvals, NGC Research Services cannot process your application.

Step 2 – Filling out the application form

In the application scheme, you must describe your project, as well as how you expect to use the supercomputer. We will review your application and assess to what extent your research project falls within the field of personalised medicine, and whether it provides a significant societal benefit. We will confirm that we have received your application within a week.

We will provide a response to your application within five weeks. You will be charged a fixed fee when submitting an application to use NGC Research Infrastructure.

Step 3 – Clarifying technical needs

Once you have received confirmation regarding access to an NGC Cloud, we will help clarify exactly how your research project best can take advantage of the supercomputer. One of the advisors at Research Services will spar with you to determine the most appropriate configuration for your project, as well as identifying opportunities for merging different data sources.

Step 4 – Preparing the contract

Before you sign a contact with the Danish National Genome Center, you must fill out an order form, where you specify your technical needs. Once the order form has been completed, the Principal Investigator (PI), and their associated authorized research institution, will enter a contract with the Danish National Genome Center. The contract describes terms of use, payment obligations, and other relevant information.

Step 5 – Accessing NGC Cloud

After you have entered a contractual agreement with the Danish National Genome Center, it can take a few weeks before your NGC Cloud is configured. You will receive information on how to access your NGC Cloud once it is ready.