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UB faculty, staff, and students can create a CCR account using the CCR identity management portal.  CCR uses Globus as a trusted identity provider to verify a potential user's identity and their status at the University at Buffalo.  Globus is a secure, reliable research data management service used by institutions all over the world.  Globus provides a platform for application integration and gateway development leveraging advanced identity management, single sign-on, search and authorization capabilities.  Globus will redirect you to login to UB's systems to make this verification.  This process is similar to using your Facebook or Google account to login to a website, except we are using Globus as the trusted provider.  You only need to do this one time, when you are requesting the creation of a new CCR account.  

More information on Globus can be found here

To create a new CCR account, visit the CCR identity management portal:

NOTE:  You must be on a UB network (either on campus or connected to the UB VPN) to access this site!

Step-by-step instructions follow:

1.  Click on Create Account:

2.  Click the Sign Up button to proceed:

3.  Globus will now point to your chosen institution to authenticate against and verify your status.  "The State University of New York at Buffalo" should already be selected from the drop down menu.  If not, please select it now.  

Click the Continue button:

NOTE:  At this time, we can only accept sign-ups from users affiliated with the University at Buffalo.  Do NOT attempt to use the Google or ORCiD iD options as we require authentication against UB systems for verification of your status.  All other users must be collaborating with a UB faculty member and that person should request an account using the CCR help portal.

4.  Globus will now redirect you to UB's systems to authenticate against.

Login using your UBIT username (not email address) and password:

For assistance with your UB account or password, please use the links contained on the UBIT authentication page.

NOTE:  This page may not display for you.  If you've previously logged into a UB system that required authentication in the browser you're using, this step will be skipped and you'll be presented with the next step.

DUO:  Faculty, staff, and students at UB are now required to use two factor authentication with the Duo app.  If you haven't authenticated recently, you will be prompted to acknowledge the sign-in with your Duo app to move to the next step.

5.  Globus will now ask you to link your UB account with your Globus account:

6.  Globus will display your information and ask you to agree to their terms of service.  You can read the terms in full by clicking on the links they provide.  

If you agree, check the box and click the Continue button:

7a.  If you already have a Globus account, you can link you UB account to your Globus account by clicking "Link to an existing account"

You will then be asked to login to your primary identity that's saved on your Globus account:

7b.  If you do NOT already have a Globus account, simply hit the Continue button.  Globus will present a list of what CCR is asking for regarding your identity.  

If you agree to this, click the Allow button:

8.  Once verified via Globus, you will be presented with the following form to fill out.  It is not possible to change your username.  Please complete the form by entering your name, preferred email address, and password you'd like to use on CCR's systems.  Enter the number you see in the Captcha box and press the "Sign Up" button:

9.  Please notify CCR help if you do not see this message after completing the sign-up form and you do not receive the verification email:

10.  Click on the link contained in your email which will direct you to a page like this.  Click the Verify button:

11.  Once you've verified your account, you will receive this message:

12.  Enable two factor authentication:

As of 7/27/21 all CCR accounts require two factor authentication to be enabled.  You will not be able to login to anything at CCR except the identity management portal until you enable two factor authentication.  Login to the identity management portal now, and follow these instructions for configuring 2FA to ensure it is setup correctly and you are not locked out of your account.

Next Steps

IMPORTANT: Even though you now have an active CCR account, you will not be able to login to CCR servers, clusters, and software portals until your account has been verified and is on an active allocation for the resource you want to use.  We manage this access using ColdFront (, CCR's resource allocation management portal. 


For more information about Coldfront, please see: What is Coldfront?

New Faculty Accounts - Next Steps:

  1. If you are a faculty member creating a new CCR account, you will need to request your account be upgraded to a PI account.  Upgrade Account Instructions for Principal Investigators/Faculty
    Once this has been granted, you'll be able to complete the remaining steps.
  2. Create a project in ColdFront
  3. Request allocations for resources
    If you're not sure what to request access to, read this article
  4. Add students and collaborators to your project

You will receive email notifications once your allocations have been approved and activated, after which you and your project members will be able to login to use CCR's resources.


New Student/Collaborator Accounts - Next Steps:

New users must ask their faculty advisor, mentor, course instructor, or collaborator to add them to their appropriate project and at least one active allocation for a resource in order to get the access needed to login to CCR.  

How can I verify my account status?  You can check the status of your access by logging into Coldfront.  Once you've been added to a project, you will see that project in the Coldfront interface.  Click on the project name and scroll down to the allocations section of the project detail page.  If you do not see any active allocations then you will not have access to anything.   If you do not see any projects or active allocations, please contact whomever you're working for and ask that they add you to their project and allocation(s).  If you are on an active allocation for a resource but can't login to it, it is because our systems haven't synced for the day yet.  If it's been more than 2 business days and you still can't login, please contact CCR help.