Start a Project with OSG Connect


Projects in OSG are the means by which work by individual research groups is organized, resources granted access, and usage accounted for.  We use OSG Connect Projects to organize science work. Projects allow access to resources and provide accounting.   Below is the process by which principal investigators or their delegates create and manage projects within OSG Connect.


To start a project in OSG Connect, visit  You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Appointment type (student, postdoc, scientist, faculty, professional)
  • Email (please use an institutional email account, e.g.
  • Phone #
  • Project name (short name and full name)
  • Principal investigator name
  • Principal investigator email
  • Field of science
  • Project description (the science goal)
  • A brief description of the application or workflow

OSG Connect administrative staff will review and create the project in the system.  Within the OSG Connect Portal, all OSG Connect science projects are subgroups of the osg group. The naming convention is: osg.projectname. Projectname is typically a mix of upper case and lower case with no spaces or punctuation (except for hyphens). It derives from the short name that you submit in your application form.

Project Membership

The project's principal investigator, or his/her delegate, is responsible for project membership.  We will consult the PI or contact for group membership request approvals. The PI may also be assigned an "Administrator" role of the subgroup, and can invite OSG Connect members to the group directly. Contact us if this interests you.

ProjectName in HTCondor 

The chosen ProjectName in HTCondor for jobs from this project have the convention: 


The submit files must include this directive or the jobs will not be submitted by OSG Connect. (If it is incorrect, condor-submit will give you a useful error message.)

Accounting Name

The project's resource usage appears in the OSG accounting system (Gratia) with its name converted to ALL CAPS.  For example, a project named BiomechAnalysis would become BIOMECHANALYSIS in Gratia.


About the OSG

The Open Science Grid (OSG) is a consortium of research communities who promote science via sharing of computing resources. We enable a framework of distributed computing and storage resources, a set of services and methods that enable better access to ever increasing computing resources for researchers and communities, and principles and software that enable distributed high through-put computing (DHTC) for users and communities at all scales.

The OSG does not own the computing, storage, or network resources used by the scientific community. The resources accessible through the OSG are contributed by the community and organized by the OSG; an overview is available at An Introduction to OSG. Today, the OSG community brings together over 100 sites that provide computational and storage resources; a current snapshot of deployment and usage is available at the OSG Usage Display. Additional “how to” information is available at An Introduction to Grid Users.