Software Sustainability Institute

The Software Sustainability Institute has been collaborating on an NSF proposal with a US consortium (led by Dr Karthik Ram from the University of California, Berkeley, and Daniel S. Katz, Jeffrey Carver, Sandra Gesing and Nicholas Weber as co-PIs) to prototype an organisation similar to the Software Sustainability Institute in the United States.

The proposal has resulted in a successful award of $500,000 from the US National Science Foundation to conceptualise a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI). The work will take place throughout 2018. URSSI will build on the pioneering work done by the UK Software Sustainability Institute and its partners over the last seven years, to develop and deliver similar services to US research software engineers, researchers and universities who are developing scientific codes and software used by thousands of researchers.  To access their holding website and subscribe to their newsletter, please visit

Neil Chue Hong, Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, will be a member of the Advisory Committee for the new Institute. Institute staff will also be involved in workshops run as part of the conceptualisation process throughout the year.

Congratulations to the URSSI team, and we look forward to working with them to expand software sustainability in the United States of America.


The Institute was founded to support the UK’s research software community - a community that includes the majority of UK’s researchers.

Our mission is to cultivate better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research (better software, better research). Software is fundamental to research: seven out of ten UK researchers report that their work would be impossible without it.

Organised around five teams (community, policy, software, training, and communications) the Institute has built a network of 112 Fellows from across research disciplines; championed software and software career paths through House of Lords, BIS and RCUK reports; worked with over 70 projects to directly improve their codes, written over 80 popular guides; and organised training events to teach over 5,000 learners the basics of software engineering – thus helping thousands of people to build better…

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A copy of this paper, as published in Computing and Science and Engineering in its Nov-Dec 2013 edition, is available via its Digital Object Identifier (DOI) 10.1109/MCSE.2013.133. Alternatively, if you don't have access to this article, a post-print PDF version is also available.

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By Stephen Crouch, Neil Chue Hong, Simon Hettrick, Mike Jackson, Aleksandra Pawlik, Shoaib Sufi, Les Carr, David De Roure, Carole Goble, and Mark Parsons.

To effect change, the Software Sustainability Institute works with researchers, developers, funders, and infrastructure providers to…

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Picture of Carole GobleWe're delighted to report that one of the Software Sustainability Institute's Co-Investigators, Professor Carole Goble, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the recent New Year's Honours.

The award is in recognition for her services to science, and we have benefitted greatly from her knowledge and experience at the Institute.

Well done Carole!

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