Looking for help to improve your research software?

Author: Mario Antonioletti
Posted: 20 Nov 2014 | 12:22

The Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) is seeking applications to its Open Call for Projects, a free service that allows researchers to propose joint software consultancy projects with the Institute.

If you write code as part of your research and you are successful in your application you can get the SSI to help you improve your development processes and/or your code's sustainability at zero cost to yourself. Note that the call closes on the 5th December 2014.

Since 2010, the SSI's Research Software Group has assisted over 40 projects to make their processes and software more sustainable. Indeed, a recent survey indicated that 93% of the collaborators involved in these projects were "very satisfied" with the input provided by the SSI. If you would like to see how previous projects have been helped take a look at the SSI's portfolio of past & current projects

A typical Open Call project will run from one to six months. At the start you will work with the SSI to create a tailored work plan which will form the basis for the collaboration. You could ask the SSI to help improve:

  1. Your research software
  2. Your development practices or
  3. Your community of users and contributors

Or even all three! In addition, you may want to improve the sustainability of your code or the reproducibility of your research outputs produced by your software, or you may simply want an assessment about what you could do next with your software. Perhaps you want development effort to improve specific aspects of your software - make it go faster or scale better - or to make better use of different infrastructures. The SSI is interested in applications from any academic discipline in relation to research software at any level of maturity. 

You can apply to the Open Call at:

This should only take you a few minutes.

The SSI is also interested in partnering on proposals - leveraging your domain expertise with the SSI's skill sets to make a more attractive funding proposals. If you would like to know more about the Open Call, or explore options for partnership, then please get in touch via info@software.ac.uk.  

The Software Sustainability Institute is funded by the EPSRC.  


Mario Antonioletti, EPCC

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