Research IT Grant Support Clinic – November

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Are you submitting a bid to the cross Research Council “Technology Touching Life” (TTL) call, a joint initiative to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative and potentially disruptive technological capabilities that will drive world-leading basic discovery research in the life sciences?

Research IT offers a range of services to UoM researchers including access to high performance computing and research software consultancy which need to be costed for in research grant proposals.  Come along to our clinic on the 21st Nov to find out more!

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Transformative Research Technologies Call

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BBSRC have partnered with EPSRC and MRC in a call to specifically encourage proposals relevant to “Technology Touching Life” (TTL), a joint initiative to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative and potentially disruptive technological capabilities that will drive world-leading basic discovery research in the life sciences.  The call has an indicative total budget up to £3.5 million.

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Build Your Own Earth

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Would you like to be able to explore climate models and visualise their output? A new web-based tool from Prof David Schultz’s research group in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, allows you to do just that. The research team consisting of Jonathan Fairman, Stuart Anderson, and Sharon Gardner, developed the “Build Your Own Earth” model using the computational power provided by N8 HPC, the regional computing platform accessed and supported through Research IT.

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Research Software Engineering (RSE) Cloud Computing Awards

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Applications are now open for the RSE Cloud Computing Awards program, supported by Microsoft.  The goal of the program is to create a community bridging researchers, university stakeholders, regional teams, and national services, to better understand how Microsoft Azure can enable better, faster, and more reproducible research.

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Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme

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Applications are now open for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme which engages with individuals who are passionate about research software use and/or development and helps to support them to better understand the challenges faced by their domains.  The programme also helps to support them as ambassadors for better software practices in their areas of working and Institutions.

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Wanted: Volunteer Instructors for CodeFirst

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Each semester CodeFirst runs free community courses aimed to provide women with technical and digital skills.  The courses are taught by volunteer instructors all across the country and this October they are coming to the University of Manchester.

They are looking for a diverse range of enthusiastic volunteer instructors for the upcoming autumn sessions. Instructors come from a variety of cultural and coding backgrounds, and include computer science/technical postgraduates, company based professionals, freelance developers, and university staff. All instructors work on a voluntary basis.

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A New Way to Produce Research Papers

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David Mawdsley, a Research software engineer (RSE) in Research IT, presented at the recent Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR) organised by the Software Sustainability Institute.

His presentation described a new method of producing research papers using containerisation, which makes both the analysis and manuscript easy to produce and extend.  This can be used as a starting point for a new, versioned publication model, which will allow early publication of results and their incremental extension.

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