Closing date: 14 October 2021 at 04pm BST
Total fund: £4,500,000
Apply for funding to adapt or maintain existing software used by researchers. You must be a UK resident based at an organisation eligible for UKRI funding. We particularly encourage applications from research software engineers and early career researchers. Your project must be within the remit of EPSRC. You can use the funding for:
We will provide funding for three years. EPSRC will fund 80% of your project’s full economic cost.
EPSRC recognises that investment is required to develop, support, and maintain software. While previous software funding mechanisms have typically had a narrow focus on enabling novel research and innovation activities, or have supported software development as part of a wider programme of research, such approaches do not emphasise the long-term sustainability of research software. As such, a community-driven approach to software development and maintenance is favoured for this call.
EPSRC aims to fund projects where the proposal provides evidence of an established or growing demand for the proposed software to facilitate more effective or efficient research workflows. This may include the development of new functionality for existing software, benefitting the existing community and enabling new communities to be reached. Alternatively, the proposal could focus on advancing the sustainability of software benefitting a well-established user base. For example, by adapting software for new architectures, building new models and mechanisms for co-development, upskilling, incorporating existing good practices, the development of documentation and training materials, or other essential maintenance activities.
The focus of this opportunity is to support software that benefits EPSRC’s research portfolio and strategic objectives. Software supported by this opportunity may be focused on supporting workflows that are specific to certain user communities (for example, imaging or spectroscopic tools) or foundational tools that benefit multiple user communities (for example, supporting the management and analysis of research data in engineering and physical sciences disciplines). In all cases, the applicant must be able to demonstrate the benefit to research methods and workflows within EPSRC’s remit. Funding can be requested for:
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