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 http://urssi.us.
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.