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WestGrid Developer Support Competition - Application deadline extended to Mar 6

Do you have an interesting project that could provide value to a research community but needs some technical expertise to implement? We want to work with you!

We have developer expertise to share with the research community and we’re looking specifically to support scientific gateways (also known as research platforms or portals).

Example potential project outcomes include (but are not limited to):

  • providing web-enabled access to large databases
  • providing links or access channels to HPC resources
  • enabling access to analysis applications and/or pipelines



Proposals for project support are welcomed from any researcher / research group from a higher-education institution within WestGrid's region (Western Canada -- Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia).


Generally, we expect the platform/portal/gateway to be hosted on Compute Canada Cloud resources, with possible linkages to Compute Canada storage & compute resources. However, we are also open to considering proposals which use commercial cloud resources (ie. AWS, Azure, etc.), and in particular are interested in hybrid approaches.

This is a new WestGrid program, and we are open to a broad range of projects. We’ll review each application on a case-by-case basis (and may reach out to applicants for additional information) to determine its feasibility, practicality, and value delivered to the research community being served.

How to Apply

Email a 1-2 page project proposal to WestGrid Director of Operations, Patrick Mann: In your proposal, please include the following:

  • Name, position, institution, contact information
  • Brief description of your project and its goals
  • Brief description of the tasks or stories you need help with
  • Overview of you / your team (4-5 sentences addressing the following questions):
    • Have you created any gateways / portals / platforms previously?
    • What does your current team look like?
    • Do you have expertise or familiarity with cloud services? (Compute Canada Cloud or commercial, ie. AWS, Azure, etc.)
    • Do you have any project management experience?

You are welcome to submit applications for multiple / different projects!

Support Provided

WestGrid's Developer Team has expertise in creating, extending, and maintaining scientific gateways and advanced computing software tools and databases for researchers. In addition to developing web portals and technologies, the WestGrid Development Team has broad expertise in using modern software development practices (including agile, pair programming, open source, etc.), and has extensive familiarity with Compute Canada Federation services, including authentication & authorization, cloud, high performance computing, and storage resources, and more. 

Successful applicants for developer support resources will receive the equivalent of ½ FTE for six months. Additional or ongoing resources may be available on a fee-for-services basis depending on the requirements of the project, but the competition provides free resources as a contribution from WestGrid to the western Canada academic community.

Important Dates

Date Competition Phase
January 31, 2020 Call for proposals opens.
March 06, 2020 Deadline for submissions.
Early March 2020 Submissions reviewed.
Mid-March 2020 Successful applicants notified. Projects begin.








Questions / More Information

Questions regarding eligibility, project requirements, WestGrid's developer expertise, or other general competition details can be emailed to WestGrid Director of Operations, Patrick Mann: