Learn with the Software Sustainability Institute

About us

The Software Sustainability Institute is the first organisation in the world that was dedicated to improving software in research. We help people build better software and more sustainable research software to enable world-class research.

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Online Sustainability Evaluation

Check how sustainable your project is with our short, free, online sustainability evaluation.

Find out if your software is sustainable

Training activities

We are an official partner of The Carpentries and coordinates activities in the UK. We help organise and run workshops, and nurture the UK community by bringing in and training new instructors and members.

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Key successes

Since 2010, the SSI has played a vital role in improving research culture, revolutionising access to software training and working with our collaborators to develop policies that better recognise and support software in research. Our guides provide detailed advice on everything from better development practices to how to build a community for your software.


210+ Fellows

We fund researchers, research software engineers, and industry staff who want to improve software practices in their areas.

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>10,000 Research Software Engineers (RSEs)

Since 2012, we've led a campaign that launched a new career in research, supported the formation of the Society of Research Software Engineering, and actively contributed to the RSE movement around the world.


8,000+ researchers trained and 120+ guides

We created and now maintain a scalable and sustainable national training environment by developing new courses, organising workshops, and bringing in and training new instructors.


260+ successful collaborations

We provide consultancy and guidance to both software experts and beginners in 30+ countries.

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Do you want to know more about software and research? We've put together guides that will help you learn more about best practices and publications that assess the state of research software in the UK and worldwide.
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We run a yearly Fellowship Programmes to suit different skill levels and audiences. Our Research Software Healthchecks are available to projects looking to improve the sustainability of their software.
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We run various activities and programmes designed for researchers, research software engineers, and virtually anyone working with research software from all domains and career stages. We offer two annual events: Collaborations Workshop and the Research Software Camps, as well as ad-hoc smaller events and workshops throughout the year.
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I understood very quickly that the service was here to help, not to judge me. I would recommend that people just apply [to the Research Software Healthchecks] no matter the current status of their code.

Miquel Duran-Frigiola



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