Setting up Lab Accounts

This guide provides an opinionated walkthrough on how to set up AnVIL for your lab. Following our recommendations will help you configure your team so that you can more clearly see where charges are coming from and have greater control over which users can spend your money and access your data.

The following instructions will show you how to:

  • Get your accounts
  • Set up billing
  • Set up your lab members to do research on AnVIL
  • Monitor and manage spending


AnVIL uses Terra to run analyses. Terra operates on Google Cloud Platform, so you’ll pay for all storage and analysis costs through a Google account linked to Terra. The costs are the standard Google Cloud Platform fees for storing and moving data as well as executing an analysis. These costs are passed along through Terra without any markup.

PI Setup Overview

Coming Soon: This guide will shortly be updated to cover the following topics:

  1. Create a Google account
  2. Set up Google Billing (and claim your free credits!)
  3. Add an administrator or viewer (optional)
  4. Link Terra to the Google Billing Account
  5. Create Terra Billing Projects
  6. Set budgets and alerts (optional, but highly recommended)
  7. Add users and Workspaces
Cross Platform Data Access with GA4GH DRS in TerraSubmitting Consortium Data
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