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CANARIE Research Software Program Competitive Funding Call 2b: Research Software Re-Use at the Platform Level

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 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 discovery through collaborative software development and sharing of expertise.

About the Call

Under this competitive call, $4.5M in funding will be contributed to Research Software Platform development teams to modify and maintain an existing platform in order to meet the needs of at least one new research team. A platform, known internationally as a research gateway, is a software package that supports a large portion of what researchers need to do in their workflow.

The purpose of the 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 Submission Timeline

  • Call Announcement and Posting: December 4, 2017
  • Information Webinars:
    • December 19, 2017 – 1:30 pm ET | Register
    • January 11, 2018 – 1:30 pm ET | Register
    • January 12, 2018 – 1:30 pm ET | Register
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: March 12, 2018 – 4pm ET
  • Notification of Project Selections: April 23, 2018

Who is eligible to apply for funding?

  • Research teams that would like to adopt an existing platform, including, but not limited to those funded under previous CANARIE Research Software calls;
  • Platform contributors that would like to on-board a new research team(s).

You cannot apply if you are a:

  • Federal government institution (federal departments, agencies, or Crown corporations, including their research facilities)
  • Foreign organizations

Eligibility Requirements

  • The existing platform must currently have at least one research team using it. Note: a platform contributor counts as a user.
  • At least one new research team must be identified as committed to adopting the existing platform to facilitate their research.
  • Research teams and platform contributors must be employed by a Canadian university, college, corporation or other legally recognized entity. This entity will act as the Lead Contractor. The Lead Contractor must be able to enter into a Project Agreement with CANARIE Inc.
  • The research team or the platform contributor can be a funded participant.
  • A development team from another entity can also be a funded participant.
  • The Lead Contractor and any participants will be required to enter into a Consortium Agreement.

If you are a researcher that would like to adopt an existing platform but have not found a suitable candidate, please refer to this list of previously funded platforms under the Research Software Program to contact owners who are interested in new collaborations.

Financial Information

The maximum funding available per project is $225K, broken down as follows:

  • Up to $100K for software development required to modify an existing platform to meet the needs of multiple research teams and on-board at least one (1) new research team. The maximum funding period will be 12 months.
  • Up to $125K of post development platform maintenance and support for the 15 months ending September 30, 2020. Maintenance includes bug fixes, enhancements, new features and changes in response to user feedback.

Financial Requirements

Accounting Representatives – An accounting representative from Research Accounting/Research Services must prepare a preliminary project budget using CANARIE’s budget template. An accounting representative is someone who will be accountable for related financial accounts, records, and the submission of financial reports to CANARIE. Should a project be approved for funding, CANARIE will work with the Accounting Representative to finalize the budget. The budget will form part of the Project Agreement between the Lead Contractor and CANARIE.

Eligible Costs – CANARIE funding is claims-based i.e. quarterly claims must be submitted with back-up documentation for eligible project costs. Details of eligible and non-eligible project costs are listed in the Schedule of Eligible Costs.

In-Kind Contributions – All projects are also required to contribute in-kind costs that are equivalent to at least 15% of the total eligible project costs. Please refer to the Schedule of Eligible Costs for more details on in-kind costs.

Project Schedule

  • Start of Development: July 1, 2018
  • Start of Maintenance: July 1, 2019
  • End of Funding Period: September 30, 2020

CANARIE will require technical progress updates every 6 weeks.

Statement of Work and Platform Protocol

Applicants must use the Statement of Work (SOW) template to describe their project and its deliverables. The Statement of Work will form part of the Project Agreement between the Lead Contractor and CANARIE.

Software developed under CANARIE funding must be made available for other researchers to use at no cost, through the CANARIE Research Software Registry at: science.canarie.ca for a period of 3 years from the end of the funded development period. In order to register, applicants must implement the protocol described in Research Platform Support for the CANARIE Registry and Monitoring System.

Selection Criteria and Evaluation

Projects will be selected through a competitive process. All project proposals will be evaluated against mandatory and scoring criteria. The list of mandatory and scoring criteria can also be found in the Statement of Work template.

Evaluation Procedure:

Proposals under this call will be evaluated by CANARIE’s Software Technology Advisory Committee (STAC) and Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

Application Procedure

Applicants must follow this procedure to ensure that their submission is accepted for evaluation:

  1. Applicants must complete the Proposal Submission Form
  2. Within the Proposal Submission Form, there are sections for applicants to upload their Preliminary Project Budget and Statement of Work. These must be included in the applicant’s submission.

Required Documents for Submission:

Reference Material:

Still have questions?

Applicants can refer to a list of questions and answers specific to this call at the following link: Call 2b FAQ.

Any other questions about this call or about CANARIE’s Research Software Program can be directed to software@canarie.ca. All questions that are not specific to applicant projects, along with their answers, will be posted to the Call 2b Q&A page. Applicants are responsible for checking the site for an updated list of questions and answers.

Additional Resources

To find and learn about software contributed by participants in CANARIE’s Research Software Program and by members of the greater Canadian research community, visit science.canarie.ca.