The Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative establishes partnerships with commercial cloud service providers (CSPs) to reduce economic and technological barriers to accessing and computing on large biomedical data sets to accelerate biomedical advances. A central tenet of the STRIDES Initiative is that data made available through these partnerships will incorporate standards endorsed by the biomedical research community to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR).

Currently, NIH and NIH-funded researchers are eligible to participate in the STRIDES Initiative.

To date, the STRIDES program has negotiated pricing agreements with two CSPs—Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud—through their administrative partners. For specific details on the pricing agreements, please contact the respective CSP/partner.


Trainings are open to both NIH staff (including all NIH employees, contractors, fellows, volunteers, etc.) and NIH-funded researchers with an active award, along with their immediate affiliates. Occasionally, trainings may be made available to those without NIH funding. In such cases, registration information will include relevant details.

No. Trainings are provided free of charge.

  • Introductory, intermediate, and advanced classroom training in AWS and GCP
  • Immersive, discussion-based training in AWS and GCP
  • On-demand training in AWS and GCP
  • Private classroom training (by IC request only) in AWS and GCP

STRIDES gnerally provides 2-4 training opportunities each month. Please consult the training calendar for more details.

  • Introductory – 16 students
  • Intermediate/Advanced – 16 students

There is no limit to attendance from each NIH ICO, but enrollment is not guaranteed. Seats are available first-come, first-served basis.

A student has been added to the course roster and is expected to attend.

A student has not been enrolled in the course, but a seat may become available prior to the first day of class. Waitlisted students should monitor their status (sent weekly via email) until the first day of class.

There is no penalty for dropping a class, but we ask that you do so as soon as possible to allow for the seat to be given to someone on the waitlist.

Requests for future trainings are collected at sign-up. There is no guarantee that a requested training will be scheduled.


AWS Training

No, but Intermediate and Advanced courses do have prerequisite requirements that MUST be followed.

Yes, students are only able to access the AWS training environment if they have an AWS training account.


These are two distinct accounts. One tied to the Amazon shopping experience and the other is tied to the AWS training experience. An AWS training account can be created without having a broader Amazon account.

Yes, your existing AWS credentials can be used to sign into your AWS training environment.

Most are free of charge unless it’s specified otherwise. See courses here.

Most AWS trainings do have a lab component. As of April 2021, AWS utilizes the Qwiklabs program to facilitate in-class labs.

In most cases, materials will not be made available before the class begins. Once a class concludes, AWS allows attendees to access the labs for up to three (3) business days. Course materials (e.g., PDFs, presentations, etc.) are available to attendees after class and attendees do not lose access to these materials.

Meet the TAMs (AWS Technical Account Managers) is a monthly meeting—occurring on the first Tuesday of each month—where STRIDES participants can work with the NIH AWS TAMs directly to solve real problems and ask account-specific questions. The TAMs also present on a specific topic of interest in each meeting. These topics are derived from insights about the NIH accounts in their purview, as well as by request.

No, these sessions are open to all, free of charge.

Currently STRIDES is not broadly supporting certification in AWS. If you're interested in getting certified, contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov

Because AWS courses are administered centrally, attendees must sign up with STRIDES and then complete registration by completing the AWS registration form. This allows for the laboratory environments to be linked to a specific AWS Training account. A link to the AWS registration form is provided to enrolled attendees prior to class.

No; however, we encourage you to share your feedback so that future training offerings can be improved.


GCP Training

No, but Intermediate and Advanced courses do have prerequisite requirements that MUST be followed. For more information, please see the GCP Training page

Yes, students are only able to access the GCP training environment if they have an Google Account.


The NIH-STRIDES Coursera license provides individuals with access to on-demand versions of the classroom trainings listed above. NIH-STRIDES Coursera license holders DO NOT have access to the broader suite of Coursera Data Science training courses. To inquire about non-GCP or general data science training in Coursera, please contact Lisa Federer at the National Library of Medicine.

NIH-STRIDES Coursera licenses are provided by STRIDES free of charge. Licenses are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last. To request a license, please fill out this form.

Most classes are offered free of charge unless specified otherwise. See courses here.

Office Hours are immersive webinars that expose attendees to deep subject matter and robust discussion. These events typically occur twice a month and topics vary month to month.

Yes, these events are open to all of NIH as well as to NIH-funded researchers.

No, these are provided free of charge.

Study Halls are aimed at a select number of individuals interested in a specific subject area (e.g., Cloud Security). These events provide an immersive experience that allows attendees to solve real problems with the assistance and aid of certified GCP experts.

Yes, Study Halls can be scheduled by request. To do so, contact STRIDESTraining@nih.gov.

While there is no cost associated with participating in a Study Hall, there may be compute, storage, and/or related charges associated to the account or environment within which the work is occurring.

No; however, we encourage you to share your feedback so that future training offerings can be improved.