Obtaining an account


To get access to any of the SURFsara computer systems an administrative procedure has to be followed. On this page we will tell you how you can ask for access to the Grid. Once access is granted, you can have a look at the Grid wiki where we explain how you can access the Grid. Contact us at helpdesk@surfsara.nl for any additional information or help with your application.

How to apply for an account

Application for access to the e-Infrastructure is through SURFsara (used to be through NWO, see change notification).

Affiliates of one of the Dutch Universities or Grand Technology Institutes can submit an application for computing capacity on the Grid. This involves the following steps:

  1. Fill out the web form and specify the details of your request on-line.
  2. Your application will be processed by SURFsara, which will include a technical evaluation of your request.
  3. Additional questions and notifications will be sent to you by SURFsara.
  4. Request a Grid certificate. For instructions click here.
  5. When access is granted you will receive an account for accessing a user interface to the Grid.


A technical user manual can be found at the Grid wiki.

Please feel free to ask any questions about access to the Grid: helpdesk@surfsara.nl