AWS Research

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud services platform. This platform can be used for virtual computing power, storage, servers, databases, analytics, and more.

Researchers often use AWS for secure, flexible, and on-demand computing processing, data storage, cluster computing, machine learning, and data archives. It can also be used for more public-facing database interfaces, web services, analytical reports, and collaborations with other institutions.

LMU researchers have the following two AWS options:

LMU-Hosted AWS

LMU has a hosted AWS account that provides discounted services for large or ongoing research projects. AWS Enterprise accounts are a contracted service individual groups or units at LMU can purchase and use. Associated fees are the responsibility of the department purchasing AWS. LMU ITS is responsible for the maintenance and oversight of the Enterprise Agreement, which includes the monthly reclassification of AWS Institution Enterprise charges back to account holders whose service consumption generates those charges.

If you are a faculty member at LMU and need services beyond what AWS Educate provides, please take a look at the steps below to begin the process of establishing an AWS Institutional account through LMU.

AWS Educate

LMU is an Amazon Web Service Educate Institution. All faculty, staff and, students are eligible for AWS Educate accounts through this program, which provide free credit. Educate provides public cloud products and services for faculty and academic researchers to utilize for teaching and learning and includes open source curated content, training resources, collaboration tools and a community of cloud users to engage with.

AWS Educate accounts are an agreement between the end user and AWS. LMU ITS does not have access to these accounts. Support can be obtained through forums and email to AWS, or purchased from AWS.

Which option is best for me?

Account TypeAmazon Institution Enterprise AccountAWS Educate AccountAWS Educate Student Account
Use Case

Grant funded projects

Ongoing research projects

Faculty who want to explore AWS features

Small one-time research projects

Students who want to explore AWS use

Pricing   AWS Credits (you must renew annually)

$200 in AWS credits per educator at member institutions

AWS Credits (student must renew annually)

AWS Account - Credit/Debit card required: $100 in credits at member institutions

AWS Educate Starter Account: No card required $75 in credits at member institutions. Account locks after depletion of credits.

Added Benefits AWS Enterprise Support AWS Training

Free access to labs

Free AWS Technical Essentials eLearning course

50% off instructor-led training provided by AWS in the US, Brazil or Japan

50% off AWS certification programs

Curated Content

Free access to AWS content for classes

Free access to content contributed by leading educators

Collaboration Tools

Educator Collaboration Portal access

Virtual and in-person events

Contribute and rate content

Private and public discussion forums

Provide feedback on AWS Educate

AWS Training

Access to AWS Technical Essentials Training Course (a $600 value)

Free access to labs

Curated Content

Ability to select personalized learning pathway with 30+ hours of content per path

Earn digital badges that showcase cloud skills

Free access to AWS content for homework, labs, or self-study

Collaboration Tools

Student Portal access

Student portfolio to store projects in one place

Access to Job Board and job postings

What Do I Do Next?

Contact for consultation, to determine the scope of your research or teaching needs. We will help guide you through the decision-making process to understand which AWS environment is right for you.

Option 1: LMU-Hosted AWS - You must provide a department budget number to establish an account. Establishing an account includes your authorization for ITS to charge back the stated departmental budget for any account-related use charges.

  • Step 1: After consultation with Research Services, contact to request an LMU-Hosted AWS account.
  • Step 2: Acknowledgement and commitment to the appropriate use and payment terms of AWS services by reviewing and signing security and policy agreements.
  • Step 3: ITS Creates your AWS Account
  • Step 4: ITS notifies you of AWS Account Activation and any onboarding processes

Option 2: AWS Education - To sign up for an account, visit this page

But Wait, There's More!

Did you know that AWS provides Cloud Credits for Research? Visit this page to learn more. If this is of interest, please email for support before submitting your application. Also, you must use an LMU-Hosted AWS account with this program.