Research and Technical Computing on AWS

Technology, data, and funding to advance science

Working with research labs and institutions around the world, Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps researchers process complex workloads. AWS provides cost-effective, scalable, and secure compute, storage, and database capabilities to accelerate time to science. With AWS, researchers can quickly analyze massive data pipelines, store petabytes of data, advance research using transformative technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and quantum. Researchers share their results with collaborators around the world. AWS also provides researchers with access to open datasets, funding, and training to accelerate the pace of innovation.

AWS supports ground-breaking research in collaboration with leading higher education institutions as well as national and international research agencies. Some include the European Space Agency, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, and National Institutes of Health. AWS also works in the fields of computer, biomedical, engineering, quantum information, and space science.

Accelerating time to science with AWS Research

Accelerating time to science

Examples of how AWS supports researchers to scale and collaborate

Scalability in research

Feng Yan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

University of Nevada, Reno


Collaboration in healthcare research

Judith Dexheimer, PhD, Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center


AWS Education: Research Seminar Series
AWS Education: Research Seminars

Connect with researchers worldwide to exchange ideas, share information, and discuss scientific topics. Join an upcoming session led by researchers and experts or catch up on demand.

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Program collaborations

Experiment that discovered the Higgs boson uses AWS to probe nature

“Modern high energy physics (HEP) experiments require massive computing resources in irregular cycles, so it is imperative for the success of our program that our computing facilities can rapidly expand and contract resources to match demand. Using commercial clouds is an important ingredient for achieving this goal, and our work with AWS on the CMS experiment’s workloads through HEPCloud was a great success in demonstrating the value of this approach.”

⁠— Panagiotis Spentzouris, PhD
Head of the Scientific Computing Division, Fermilab

Key initiatives

STRIDES Initiative

A collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative to foster innovation in biomedical research using technological advancements in the AWS Cloud.

Cloud Bank — A Cloud Access Entity

Created by the National Science Foundation (NSF), CloudBank supports computer science researchers and educators with their use of public clouds, including AWS.

Amazon Science

Learn about Amazon's approach to customer-obsessed science. Amazon Science provides the latest news and innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), including jobs, publications, conferences, and events.

Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab

The Amazon Machine Learning (ML) Solutions Lab pairs your team with ML experts to help you identify and build ML solutions to address your organization’s highest return-on-investment ML opportunities.

Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab

Amazon Quantum Solutions Lab engagements are collaborative research programs that allow you to work with leading experts in quantum computing, machine learning, and high-performance computing. The programs help you research and identify the most promising applications of quantum computing for your business and get quantum ready.

AWS Data Lab

AWS Data Lab is a four-day intensive engagement between a team of customer builders and AWS technical resources to create tangible deliverables that accelerate data and analytics modernization initiatives.

AWS resources for researchers

Resources for researchers who want to work remotely

The rapidly changing and dynamic global health situation has impacted the lives of many people including researchers at universities and institutions worldwide. AWS put together a list of resources to enable remote learning and working from home.

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No-cost online AWS training pathway for researchers and research IT

AWS curated a list of no-cost, on-demand online courses tailored to researchers’ needs. The courses are designed for researchers and research IT professionals who want to become more proficient in optimizing research on AWS.

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Amazon Scholars

Amazon is proud to hire world-class academics as Amazon Scholars to work on large-scale technical challenges while continuing to teach and conduct research at their universities.

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Student internships

Whether you’re graduating with an undergraduate degree, Masters degree, MBA, or PhD, Amazon teams have positions available globally. Internships are a great way to immerse yourself in Amazon’s culture to see if we’re a good fit for you and your career goals.

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AWS Educate

Through AWS Educate, students and educators have access to content and programs developed to skill up for cloud careers in growing fields. AWS Educate also connects companies hiring for cloud skills to qualified student job seekers with the AWS Educate Job Board.

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Funding programs

  • AWS Cloud Credit for Research
  • The AWS Cloud Credit for Research Program supports researchers who seek to:

    • Build cloud-hosted publicly available science as a service applications, software, or tools to facilitate their future research and the research of their community.
    • Perform proof of concept or benchmark tests evaluating the efficacy of moving research workloads or open datasets to the cloud.
    • Train a broader community on the usage of cloud for research workloads via workshops or tutorials.
  • AWS Machine Learning Research Awards
  • Funds eligible universities, faculty, PhD students, and post-docs under the supervision of faculty, that are advancing the state-of-the-art in machine learning (ML).

  • Amazon Research Awards
  • The program offers awards of up to $80,000 to faculty members at academic institutions worldwide for research in several areas.

  • AWS Global Data Egress Waiver
  • The Global Data Egress Waiver (GDEW) program is a discounting program for qualified customers in research and academia that refunds all data transfer charges from AWS out to the Internet—from AWS Direct Connect, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)—up to 15 percent of your total monthly AWS usage charges.  

    AWS customers are eligible for a waiver of egress charges under this program if they:

    • Work for academic or research institutions. U.S. accredited K-12 schools and school districts are also eligible (the National Research and Education (NREN) or AWS Direct Connect requirement does not apply to these customers).
    • Run any research workloads or academic workloads.
    • Route at least 80 percent of their data egress out of the AWS Cloud through an approved NREN network, such as Internet2, ESnet, GÉANT, Janet, SingAREN, SINET, AARNet, CANARIE, and more (or use AWS Direct Connect). Most academic and research institutions meet these criteria and use these government-funded, dedicated networks to connect to AWS while realizing higher network performance, better bandwidth, and stability. 
    • Use institutional email addresses for AWS accounts.
    • Work in an approved AWS Region.

    If you have any questions about the program, eligibility, or how to onboard, please contact your Account Manager or email us