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.

To learn more about setting up your account and billing for Terra, see articles in Terra’s support documentation, in the section Account Setup & Administration.

How to access Google cloud credits

For a chance to get familiar with the platform, 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. You can find instructions for activating the $300 Google cloud GCP credits in this article

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.

How to manage billable resources permissions

To learn more about the types of access to Terra-based resources, see Managing shared resources with groups and permissions. It covers

  • What is a resource - such as a workspace or a billing project.
  • Different levels of permission or roles - such as READER or WRITER - assigned to users for a given resource.
  • More granular roles that grant permission to run certain tools and use billable resources without granting permission to share or modify the contents of the resource. 

Controlling Cloud Costs

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

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