June 20, 2013
BERKELEY, Calif.; ESPOO, Finland; Washington D.C.; OXFORD, U.K.; and UTRECHT, The Netherlands, June 20 -- Five leading national research and education networks (NRENs) -- ESnet, Funet, Internet2, Janet and SURFnet – have launched a competition called ‘Enlighten Your Research Global’ (EYR-Global). The program aims to encourage and support research collaborations by taking advantage of leading-edge, global network resources to accelerate national research. The deadline for submitting draft proposals is Monday, July 1, 2013.
Networks have become a critical piece of the research enterprise. Almost all scientific disciplines rely on networks to support research activities, well above and beyond the ubiquitous use of email, web, and other commodity-like services. Experimental collaborations such as the Large Hadron Collider demonstrate years of experience in working with networks as part of the science workflow. With the exponential growth in data output, similar paradigms are now rapidly emerging across many scientific disciplines from genomics to climate research and to new materials discovery.
The EYR-Global program builds on SURFnet’s successful effort in the Netherlands, and represents an important step forward in helping researchers in all research fields to incorporate advanced global research networks to significantly improve discoveries and collaboration processes.
The two-step proposal process includes a review by an esteemed panel of judges representing each of the sponsoring organizations. Winners of the EYR-Global competition may have access to:
The winning proposals will receive resources from some of the world’s leading NRENs: ESnet, which provides high-speed networking to more than 40 Department of Energy research sites; Funet, the Finnish University and Research Network; Internet2, which connects 220 universities with corporations and government agencies in the U.S. as well as the K-12 community, Janet, the UK’s research and education network; and SURFnet, the Dutch National Research and Education Network.
For further information about EYR-Global, visit www.enlightenyourresearch.net.
Who can apply?
Researchers who are affiliated with at least one of the organizations connected to the EYR-Global participating NRENs can apply. View a list of these connected organizations.
Researchers from any discipline and with any level of technical expertise are invited to submit a proposal. The program is open to a wide range of research teams – ranging from novice to expert in the use of information technology – to support their research projects to participate in the competition.
The deadline for submitting draft proposals is Monday, July 1, 2013. A jury will short-list a maximum of 10 first-round applications for further development. First-round winners will be notified by Friday, August 2, 2013.
For instructions on submitting a proposal, visit the EYR-Global submissions site.
ESnet provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that link scientists at national laboratories, universities and other research institutions, enabling them to collaborate on some of the world's most important scientific challenges including energy, climate science, and the origins of the universe. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science and located within the Scientific Networking Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides scientists with access to unique DOE research facilities and computing resources. For more information, http://www.es.net.
CSC maintains and develops Funet, the Finnish Research and Education Network, for the specialised needs of research and higher education. Funet links higher education institutions and research institutes and connects them to the global research network community and the public internet with superfast, reliable and secure connections. Funet’s extensive services and wide-based expertise are at the disposal of the entire Finnish scientific community and state government. In 2012, Funet had 372,000 users in 80 member organisations. Funet is one of the most advanced research networks in the world. For more information, visit http://www.csc.fi/english/institutions/funet.
Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2 consists of more than 220 U.S. universities, 60 leading corporations, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Emeryville, Calif.; and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu.
Janet is the network dedicated to the needs of research and education in the UK. It connects the UK’s research and education organisations to each other, as well as to the rest of the world through links to the global Internet. In addition, Janet includes a separate network that is available to the community for experimental activities in network development. For more information, visit www.ja.net.
SURFnet ensures that researchers, instructors, and students can work together simply and effectively with the aid of ICT. SURFnet links ICT services, scientific instruments, and people with reliable ICT infrastructures, made up of a network infrastructure and a collaboration infrastructure. SURFnet also demonstrates what is possible by developing and testing innovative ICT services. SURFnet is part of SURF, the Dutch higher education and research partnership for ICT. For more information, visit www.surfnet.nl/en.
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