CANARIE Announces Second Call for Proposals to Develop Game-Changing Software for Research

Research Middleware program funds development of software tools that power collaborative. data-intensive research

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced a second call for proposals to create software platforms and services to support cutting-edge Canadian research.

These software tools will substantially increase the speed with which researchers can move from data to discovery and- ultimately- to breakthrough and innovation. The software developed through this Research Middleware program will contribute to an ever-growing pool of resources that can be reused to accelerate development of new research software over the long term. Middleware is software that manages the interaction between an application program and digital infrastructure.

The software developed through this program helps researchers use all the information that travels over the ultra-high-speed CANARIE network. To grasp the value of this program, imagine the Internet without a browser or an e-mail program. Data and information could still be transmitted, but there would be no interface to make it usable. That is the function that these Research Middleware developments serve on the CANARIE network: they make it much easier for researchers to access, use, view, share, and work with an ever-increasing pool of data.

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This call for proposals invites researchers and developers from the private and public sectors to submit proposals to create either a complete research platform a Network-Enabled Platform (NEP) -which would incorporate all the services and tools required to perform research within a specific domain, and provide reusable software services that can be incorporated into other research platforms to extend the platform’s functionality. These reusable services, Research Platform Interfaces (RPI), are services that perform specific functions, like authentication, compute resource access, data reconciliation, or visualization.

To gain the maximum value from the investment in this program, the Network-Enabled Platforms developed will be designed to contribute further software services (Research Platform Interfaces) to the pool of available services, in a “take some, give back” approach. The intent is to drive a powerful cycle of software innovation and efficiency in which disparate research groups benefit from a toolkit of proven software services that can be used across a range of research domains.

The first call for proposals under the Research Middleware program, launched in June 2013, garnered 30 proposals from private and public sector developers, including 9 proposals to develop the reusable Research Platform Interfaces. Twenty-one proposals were received for developing Network-Enabled Platforms, spanning research domains from mechatronics to nuclear medicine to networking and telecommunications. The successful applicants from that call will be announced in September 2013.

More detailed information on the program and the call for proposals documentation may be found at www.canarie.calen/middleware.

For more information, please contact:

Kathryn Anthonisen
Vice President, External Relations
CANARIE

(613) 943-5374
Kathryn.Anthonisen@canarie.ca

About CANARIE:

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

CANARIE’s roots are in advanced networking, and CANARIE continues to evolve 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 over 1,100 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 high-tech entrepreneurs, CANARIE offers cloud-computing services to help them accelerate product development and gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, form Canada’s advanced network alliance. This powerful digital infrastructure connects Canada’s researchers and innovators provincially, nationally, and globally to the data, tools, colleagues, and classrooms that are at the heart of prosperity in the digital economy.

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