The Research Software Engineering Cloud Computing Awards supported by Microsoft are aimed at enabling RSEs to explore, educate and extend cloud computing for researchers.
Microsoft has championed the Research Software Engineers initiative since its inception. We are strong supporters and participants in the RSE community, and advocate the importance of RSEs as a key pillar of the research ecosystem. The Azure for Research initiative has involved thousands of researchers worldwide, working on hundreds of projects, to see how cloud computing can empower researchers to achieve more. The goal of the RSE Cloud Computing Awards program is to create a community bridging researchers, university stakeholders, regional teams, and national services, to better understand how Microsoft Azure can enable better, faster, and more reproducible research.
Microsoft is proud to work with the RSE Network to support successful applicants with the following benefits:
- £2000 GBP to support education, outreach, and implementation of research solutions using the Microsoft Cloud;
- 12 months of Microsoft Azure credits at $250 USD per month, up to $3,000 for one year;
- Opportunity to provide direct feedback to Microsoft;
- Promotion of RSE cloud computing activity with Microsoft Azure to a national and global audience, providing visibility of the applicant’s work and impact.
- Use of the title RSE Cloud Computing Fellow.
Successful applicants should demonstrate that they will perform some, or all, of the following:
- Run training, workshops, and/or events on how Microsoft Cloud technology can help researchers;
- Develop and deploy Microsoft Azure cloud computing prototypes and solutions for researchers;
- Publish solutions and code as open-source, where appropriate;
- Publish their experiences on using Microsoft Azure, online and through academic channels;
- Provide feedback on their experiences to Microsoft, including through Microsoft-organised events and workshops for this specific purpose.
Who is eligible?
We are looking for people who are:
- Passionate about exploring how cloud computing can be used in research;
- Passionate about sharing their experiences with cloud computing;
- Advocates for best practice in their research domain, institution, and/or community.
Applicants may have one or more of the following roles:
- A research software engineer who supports the work of researchers;
- A researcher who uses software;
- A developer who writes tools for researchers;
- In a leadership role in projects or organisations that make heavy use of software, compute, and data services.
7 September (at 12.30): Applications open
20 October: registration closes
31 October: public announcement of successful applicants
1 November 2017: Fellowship starts
31 October 2018: Fellowship ends