The FireCloud Free Credits Program is intended to give newcomers to the platform an opportunity to try it out at no cost.
The current Free Credits campaign is primarily targeted at users of GATK, to facilitate migration to GATK4 from older versions and showcase the newest versions of the GATK Best Practices pipelines. GATK pipelines have therefore been preconfigured in FireCloud workspaces to make them easily runnable out of the box. However, any newcomer to FireCloud is welcome to take advantage of this opportunity; the credits are NOT reserved for use with the GATK pipelines specifically.
This free credits program campaign is sponsored by the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). To be clear, we at the Broad Institute are not getting any share of any revenue that may be generated by GCP as a result of this program.
To take advantage of this unique opportunity, all you need to do is register for an account on the FireCloud portal (which is itself always free and open to all). When you log into the FireCloud portal you will see a banner at the top of the screen welcoming you to the trial. Click Start trial, accept the Terms and Conditions, and you will be issued a FireCloud billing project with the free credit. It is as simple as that!
Note on the FireCloud Billing Project: The billing project will have the following naming convention: fccredits-xxx-xxx-xxxx. Be sure to use this billing project whenever prompted in FireCloud, such as when creating workspaces, launching analyses, or downloading data. Starting the trial will also activate the sixty-day countdown.
We reserve the right to accept or reject applications for credits at our discretion. This is intended to protect against any attempts to abuse the credits program since our goal here is to give as many people as possible the opportunity to try out the pipelines. The credit funding is not endless, so we have the right to stop the program when we hit our budget.