BioData Catalyst: Billing overview for BioData Catalyst users

Anton Kovalsky
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The BioData Catalyst platform powered by Terra runs on the Google Cloud Platform, and all expenses are billed via Google Cloud Billing accounts. This article links to information in that section to get your account set up so you can start using Terra with the Google Cloud Platform.


How to access cloud credits

There are two avenues for getting free credits!

1) You can take advantage of $300 GCP credits. Google Cloud credits expire sixty days after you start the trial. To sign up, you will log into the Google Cloud Platform Console ( and set up a Cloud Billing account. Read how to activate the credits in this article

2) You can also request credits from BioData Catalyst by filling out the form on this page. 


How to set up your own Terra Billing Project

All cloud costs for working in Terra are paid for with a Terra Billing project funded with a linked Cloud  Billing account. BioData Catalyst users will use a Google Cloud Billing account set up for you using NIH’s Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) initiative, managed by the third-party reseller, Carahsoft.

Once you have access to the STRIDES Billing account, you can link it to Terra and create a Terra Billing project by following the instructions in this article.


Controlling Cloud Costs

Controlling Cloud Costs documentation provides helpful tips and guidelines for tracking and minimizing your expenditures when working in the cloud. Articles include instructions and examples.


Going from BioData Catalyst-funded credits to your own billing account

It's easy! You or your group establish your own Google Billing Account and link it with the Terra Billing Project already used for your credits. 

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