Funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to adapt or maintain existing software used by researchers.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has launched this call to provide funding to adapt or maintain existing software used by researchers. The aim is to support software that benefits EPSRC’s research portfolio and strategic objectives.
Funding can be used for:
- The development and re-engineering of existing software
- Maintenance activities
- Activities that widen participation in development and maintenance
Software supported by this opportunity may be focused on supporting workflows that are specific to certain user communities (such as imaging or spectroscopic tools) or foundational tools that benefit multiple user communities (such as supporting the management and analysis of research data in engineering and physical sciences disciplines).
Funding can be requested for:
- The addition of new functionality to existing software to enhance or extend the utility and usability of software to meet the ambition of researchers and enable improved research workflows
- The development and re-engineering of existing software to improve performance, enable operation on different hardware architectures, and incorporate good practice in software development
- Maintenance activities for existing software, including activities to support documentation, training and dissemination
- Co-creation activities to widen participation in the development and maintenance of the software
In all cases, the applicant must be able to demonstrate the benefit to research methods and workflows within EPSRC’s remit.
The call aims to facilitate a community-driven approach to software development and maintenance to emphasise the long-term sustainability of research software. Applicants should demonstrate this community demand by:
- Elaborating plans to support collaborations between software developer(s) and user(s) for the project by facilitating the sustainability of or enhancing the scope of existing collaborative mechanisms, or by establishing new collaborations
- Providing evidence of the benefits that will be delivered to specific communities of practice by the proposed project, for example, by demonstrating:
- Impact of existing software on existing user communities
- Adoption of the software to-date
- Demand from new user communities
- Providing evidence that the benefits of the proposed project will continue to be realised beyond the period of funding
Funding is available for up to three years.