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The Nimbus Research Cloud is exclusively for research purposes.  It is free for anyone applying from an Australian research organisation.  Note that WA State Government agencies undertaking research can also access resources free of charge.

Application process

  • Where do I apply and what information do I need to provide? 

Login using your AAF credentials (this is your home institution login and password) at If you are not from an AAF institution, you can create a login using your email address.   

Please note this is NOT creating a Pawsey account to login into Nimbus.  Instructions will be emailed to you, if your application is accepted, on creating a Pawsey account if you don’t already have one. 

Below is what you’ll see once you are logged in and select "Applications". Select “New Application” button to start the application process.  "Allocations" button will show existing allocations you may have.

A new application form.  All fields with a red asterisk must be completed. 

After submission, Pawsey will review your application and if successful will email you details to login and start using your allocation.   

  • How long should I wait to expect a response? 

We aim to reply with a response within 1 week.  We may ask for further information to support your application, especially if you are asking for large amounts of resource.  


  • How likely will my application be approved? 

If you are asking for a relatively small amount of resources (e.g. 1 or 2 instances) and you are doing research it is highly likely you’ll be approved.  If you are asking for larger amounts of resources then we expect more detailed description on why you need that amount before approving. 


  • How long does a Nimbus project run for, and what is the re-application process? 

6 months is the length of each project (apart from vGPUs) and as per the 3rd condition of use, if you wish to continue use, you must re-apply.  Once you get close to the end of your 6 months you'll receive an email and a link to your application(s) on the Pawsey application portal where you should see a "re-apply" button (see below).  Clicking this will that take you to pre-populated application form with information from your existing application.  Here you can edit it or re-apply as is for another 6 months.

If you do NOT re-apply, your project will be 'locked' and then deleted as per the 4th condition of use.

  • What if I want to change my allocation once it is approved? 

If your requirements change, you can request a change in your allocation.  You do not need to go through the application portal again, just email with your request and reason.  Please ask for types of instances (e.g. 2 x n3.4c16r (4 core / 16 GB RAM) instances + 100GB more volume storage) not just 8 more cores for example.  If you would like vGPUs added please review the vGPU policy - Nimbus GPU Access before requesting via 


  • How do I acknowledge Nimbus Pawsey usage? 

In order to continue offering infrastructure and services, Pawsey needs to demonstrate impact to our funding partners.  You can assist by acknowledging Pawsey in publications (see examples here ) and providing updates / information for case studies where appropriate. 

Lifecycle workflow diagram

A workflow showing the lifecycle of Nimbus project from creation to deletion or renewal