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CANARIE awards $4.4M to 20 research teams to develop advanced software to improve vaccines, monitor climate change & more

CANARIE, a vital component of Canada’s digital infrastructure supporting research, education and innovation, today announced 20 successful recipients of its Research Software funding call, announced in late 2017. This funding will enable research teams in applied sciences and the humanities to adapt their existing research platforms for re-use by other research teams, including those working in different disciplines. As a result, new research teams from across Canada will be able to re-use previously funded and developed software to accelerate discovery.

What are Research Platforms?

Research platforms are complete software applications that support most of a research project’s workflow (i.e. data collection, processing, visualization, and storage). CANARIE’s experience in funding research software for the past decade highlighted the fact that the research workflow is similar across most projects and disciplines. As such, CANARIE has evolved its funding model to invest in software tools that are reusable across multiple research teams.

Multiple WestGrid and Compute Canada users have won awards.:

  • Building and Energy Simulation, Optimization and Surrogate-Modelling Platform (BESOS) - Led by Dr. Ralph Evins, University of Victoria
  • Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (CWRC) – Led by Dr. Susan Brown, University of Guelph
  • CBRAIN – Led by Dr. Alan Evans, McGill University
  • Genetics and Genomics Analysis Platform (GenAP) – Led by Dr. Pierre-Étienne Jacques, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Helpful Open-Source Research Tool for N-fermion Systems (HORTON) – Led by Dr. Paul Ayers, McMaster University
  • iEnvironment++ - Led by Dr. Don Cowan, University of Waterloo
  • Integrated Rapid Infectious Disease Analysis (IRIDA) – Led by Dr. William Hsiao, Simon Fraser University and BC Centres for Disease Control (BCCDC) Public Health Laboratory
  • iReceptor – Led by Dr. Felix Breden, Simon Fraser University
  • MSS-IMProv – Led by Dr. David Schriemer, University of Calgary
  • ObiBa – Led by Dr. Isabel Fortier, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center
  • Power Analytics for Visualization of Climate Science (PAVICS) Project 2 – Led by Dr. Richard Arsenault, École de technologie supérieure

Read more about their work and awards here.