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AWS Promotional Credit program for Research

AWS Credits

Congratulations on being awarded AWS promotional credits. If you do not yet have an AWS account you may follow these simple setup instructions to create an account. Note that all cost, billing and security is the responsibility of the AWS account owner and associated research groups.

Applying the credit code

To apply a credit code, navigate to your account name in the upper right hand corner of the AWS console > My Account > Credits > Redeem credit. Credit recipients that have multiple AWS accounts under a single AWS Organization will need to determine if they plan to share the credits to their sub-accounts before applying the credit code. Credit sharing features can be enabled/disabled under the master AWS Organization account. See this link for more information on credit sharing features.

Budget Reporting

In addition to budget alerts below, we strongly recommend setting up daily or weekly budget report emails to maintain awareness of spend in your AWS account. See instructions here

Budget Alerting

AWS budget alerts paired with weekly budget reports are useful tools for alerting groups to unexpected spend in their account. It is recommended to determine your desired monthly spend thresholds based on the amount of AWS credits issued along with any preexisting budgets . Be aware that AWS promotional credits have a default lifespan of 1 year. Click here to launch an AWS Cloudformation Stack that will automatically generate tiered budget alerts to email and optionally cell phone . (Click Link > Login to AWS Console > Hit Next > Fill Parameters > Hit Next > Click Create Stack.) AWS budget alert threshold values and alert contact information may be modified at any time through the AWS Console. (AWS Console > Billing > Budgets). 

More complex setup requirements such as multiple budget alerts and multi-tiered AWS organizations are out of the scope of this budget template and will require manual configuration in the AWS console. See the following links for more information. 

Ten Minute Tutorial for Research: Cost Monitoring and Budgets on AWS

AWS Billing and Cost Management Documentation

Getting Started with AWS Budgets

Creating an AWS Budgets report


We recommend following basic security best practices once your account has been established. (i.e. Strong passwords, Multi-Factor authentication, correct contact information, safe credential storage etc.)

AWS Regions

IMSS typically recommends that researchers stick with AWS Region US-West-2 (Oregon) as it's less expensive than the older US-WEST-2 (California) region, is more decoupled from California's seismic events and receives new AWS services well before US-WEST-1. 

Please send all Amazon web services support questions to the IMSS ticket system at .