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 reminded stakeholders of the deadline for proposals in its Research Middleware program.
One week remains until the October 18, 2013 deadline for CANARIE’s Second Call for Proposals to develop game-changing software for research. This call for proposals, launched on September 6, 2013, 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. Successful proposals will be selected on November 29,
To gain the maximum value from the investment in this program, the NEPs developed will be designed to contribute further software services RPIs 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 November 2013.
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CANARIE designs and delivers digital infrastructure and drives its adoption for Canada’s research, education and innovation 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.