CANARIE Issues $4.5M Call for Proposals Supporting Re-Use of Research Software

Funding to be awarded for the modification and maintenance of existing platforms to meet needs of new research teams

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE Issues $4.5M Call for Proposals Supporting Re-Use of Research Software

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced a second Call for Proposals that invests in research software teams to adapt their existing research platforms to support researchers from other disciplines. Additional funding is available to support ongoing maintenance of the platform, the development of additional platform functionality, onboarding of additional research teams, and user support.

A research platform is a software package that fully supports a large portion of researchers’ activities and workflow. The purpose of this Call is to:

  • Provide researchers with funding to adapt existing software to meet their research needs;
  • Reduce software development duplication by promoting the sharing of platforms and reducing new development; and
  • Extend platform lifetimes and support a larger base of researchers by providing a maintenance funding model.

Call Details

Detailed information on this Call for Proposals, including eligibility criteria, may be found at Additionally, interested participants are invited to attend an informational webinar to discuss and ask questions about the Call. Participants may register for the webinar of their choice by using the links below:

Submission Timelines

  • Proposal Submission Deadline: March 12, 2018 – 4pm ET
  • Notification of Project Selections: April 23, 2018

About CANARIE’s Research Software Program:

CANARIE has been investing in the development of software to support academic research since 2007. Since the program’s inception, more than 100 research software tools have been funded and made available for re-use by researchers. These tools enable Canadian researchers to analyze, visualize and share immense volumes of data, transforming that data into knowledge and insights that contribute to Canada’s economic and social development.

The purpose of the Research Software Program is to:

  • Provide software tools to Canadian researchers to reduce time to discovery.
  • Allow researchers to make effective use of Canadian digital infrastructure.
  • Promote re-use of tools to minimize the costs of software development prior to the start of research.
  • Create a community of research software developers in Canada to further accelerate research through collaborative software development and expertise sharing.

For more information, contact:

Ela Yazdani
Director, Communications
[email protected] | 613-943-5432


CANARIE strengthens Canadian leadership in science and technology by delivering digital infrastructure to support world-class research that directly benefits all Canadians.

Twelve provincial and territorial network partners, together with CANARIE, collectively form Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). Canadians at universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories rely on this ultra-high-speed network to collaborate in data-intensive, cutting-edge research and innovation within Canada and with colleagues in over 100 countries.

Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools to accelerate scientific discovery.  CANARIE also supports Research Data Canada as it leads national research data management initiatives, and through the Canadian Access Federation, provides identity management services that enable secure, ubiquitous connectivity and content access to the academic community. To boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector, CANARIE offers cloud resources to startups through its DAIR service, and links a powerful community of public and private sector partners in the Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN).

Established in 1993, CANARIE is a non-profit corporation, with the majority of its funding provided by the Government of Canada.

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