Research Software Engineers drive advances in how research can be done more effectively using all manner of software, computing systems and infrastructure. As a community, RSEs drive positive change to progress the state-of-the-art to do better, faster, and more reproducible research. It’s clear that cloud computing is playing an increasingly important role in research, so Microsoft is privileged to be able to support the RSE community, and researchers across the world, to exploit cloud computing across all domains through our Azure for Research program.
We were delighted to see so many high-quality applications to the RSE Cloud Computing Awards call, and so have decided to give all applicants access to Microsoft Azure to pursue the wide-range of exciting activities proposed. We particularly congratulate the successful awardees from across the UK, who can now pursue their plans for training, workshops, community software development, and cutting-edge research using Microsoft Azure.
We're excited to work with these change agents to share best practice, advice, software, and experiences to learn from each other, including through the online Cloud Computing Guide for Researchers.
Our aim is to help build a community that can demonstrate how cloud computing can be integrated into existing research e-Infrastructure, and researchers can benefit from flexible, scalable, on-demand services that cover the entire range of researchers' needs. We look forward to working closely with RSEs, researchers, research and HPC centres, university IT teams, funding agencies, and international consortia, so we can move research forwards together.