Canarie Inc.

Canarie Inc.

July 07, 2015 15:04 ET

CANARIE Issues $3M Call Supporting Innovative Research Software

CANARIE continues to champion the development of software tools that accelerate scientific discovery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 7, 2015) - CANARIE, a vital component of Canada's national digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced the first call of its Research Software Program (Research Software Call 1) for the 2015 - 2020 mandate, supported by an initial investment of $3M.

CANARIE has been investing in the development of research software since 2007, and during its most recent mandate (2012 - 2015) funded the development of nearly 70 research software tools. These tools enable Canadian scientists to analyze, visualize and share immense volumes of research data, transforming data into knowledge and insights that contribute to Canada's economic and social development.

This call will achieve two outcomes:

  1. Investment in innovative software tools for research
  2. "Matchmaking" between research software development teams and researchers in need of software development expertise

The first phase of the application process requires applicants to complete a short Expression of Interest (EOI) form. To foster collaboration among the research and software development communities, CANARIE is also inviting research software development teams and researchers with existing re-useable software to indicate their availability for collaboration and co-development at the EOI stage.

Anticipated Research Software Call 1 milestones:

  • Expression of Interest (EOI) submitted to CANARIE by August 14th 2015;
  • EOIs evaluated by CANARIE and Research Advisory Committee by September 21st, 2015;
  • Successful EOIs invited to submit a full proposal, due to CANARIE by the end of November 17th 2015;
  • Successful proposals announced February 1st 2016;
  • Development of software for a maximum period of 24 months.

Interested parties may visit www.canarie.ca/software/funding to obtain full call documentation and submit Expressions of Interest.

CANARIE's Research Software Program adopts a highly efficient development model: new software draws from an existing toolkit of software components, developed by other researchers in previous rounds of CANARIE funding. Funded participants in this Program pledge to add new software to the toolkit, resulting in significant process and cost efficiencies through a powerful cycle of software development and reuse. The full suite of software services is available at no cost to the worldwide scientific research community at https://science.canarie.ca.

About CANARIE

CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure, and drives its adoption for Canada's research, education and innovation communities. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy.

CANARIE evolves the national ultra-high-speed backbone network that enables data-intensive, leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at almost 2,000 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network.

CANARIE also leads the development of research software tools that enable researchers to more quickly and easily access research data, tools, and peers. In support of Canada's ICT sector, CANARIE offers cloud computing resources to startups to accelerate product development, and links a powerful network of public and private sector partners in a Centre of Excellence for Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada's National Research and Education Network (NREN). This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canadians to national and global data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that fuel the engine of innovation in today's digital economy.

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada.

For more information, please visit: www.canarie.ca.

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