CANARIE Launches Call to Fund Software Development Teams at Canadian Higher-ed Institutions to Directly Support Researchers

[Ottawa, ON]

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital research infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem supporting research, education and innovation, today announced a Call for Proposals to fund local teams at Canadian higher-ed institutions to help accelerate scientific discoveries by simplifying researchers’ access to world-class software for research.

Research increasingly relies on purpose-built software. However, many researchers don’t have the resources to manage software development teams and are unaware of research software that already exists and could be easily adapted to meet their needs. In response to this challenge and with the goal of maximizing the impact of public investments in research, CANARIE launched a pilot in 2018 to fund local, expert software teams at institutions to work directly with researchers.

Following the success of this pilot and similar efforts deployed in European countries, CANARIE’s Local Research Software Support call will fund teams of three dedicated, full-time research software developers at a target of six (6) participating institutions. These teams will be available to support all researchers at each of the participating institutions, regardless of discipline, and will provide guidance, training, expertise, and software development specific to advancing research projects.


Proposals are invited from offices of the Chief Information Officer or Vice President of Research at Canadian institutions or organizations engaged in academic research. Presentation decks of previously held informational webinars are available to help inform institutions’ decision to participate.

Detailed information on this call including eligibility requirements, project milestones, and application resources can be found at:

Key Dates

Funding Information Webinars

The webinars will cover financial aspects of the call. Register for the session of your choice below:

> February 11, 2020 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET |

> February 13, 2020 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET |

Proposal Submission Deadline

March 17, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET

Deadline extended: April 30, 2020 | 1:00 PM ET

Notification of Project Selections

April 24, 2020

Date extended: June 8, 2020

For more information, please contact:

Ela Yazdani
Director, Communications
(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.

CANARIE and its twelve provincial and territorial partners form Canada’s National Research and Education Network. This ultra-high-speed network connects Canada’s researchers, educators and innovators to each other and to global data, technology, and colleagues.

Beyond the network, CANARIE funds and promotes reusable research software tools and national research data management initiatives to accelerate discovery, provides identity management services to the academic community, and offers advanced networking and cloud resources to boost commercialization in Canada’s technology sector.

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