RSE USA-UK Travel Fund: new awardees and next deadline.

Posted by n.chuehong on 22 August 2017 - 11:32am

We are pleased to announce the next awardees from the EPSRC USA-UK Research Software Engineer Travel fund. This funding aims to encourage greater collaboration between the UK and USA-based Research Software Engineer communities to help with: investigating emerging hardware and the impact on software; building collaboration around a particular science area; developing common community codes; and building links between computational / computer science and mathematics. The deadline for the next round of the fund is 1st September.


A consortium led by Dr James Hetherington, Head of the Research Software Development Group at UCL and Head of Research Engineering at the Alan Turing Institute, comprising the five Alan Turing Institute partners (UCL, University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Oxford, and University of Warwick) has been awarded money to help establish an ongoing exchange program with the three US Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments at University of California Berkeley, New York University and the University of Washington. The funding will help to bring across leading data scientists / RSEs including Dr Ariel Rokem, Dr Claudio Silva, Dr Jacob VanderPlas, and Dr Stéfan van der Walt, for an un-conference event hosted at the ATI to identify collaborations and visits to partner sites.

Dr David Henty, group manager at EPCC at the University of Edinburgh, has been awarded money to support the visit of Dr Elsa Gonsiorowski from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) to strengthen collaborative links between the two organisations in the area of new solutions to challenges in parallel IO. Dr Gonsiorowski is the developer of developer of MACSio (Multi-purpose, Application-Centric, Scalable I/O Proxy Application), a tool to find the best configurations for a number of IO libraries applicable to a wide range of real scientific applications and SCR (Scalable Checkpoint/Restart for MPI) which is an API for parallel applications to write and read simulation data. The visit will be used to produce best-practice guidance on how to configure the various IO libraries for existing systems, and to look at extensions to take advantage of new hardware developments.

Future deadlines

Funding is still available to support the travel of RSEs between the USA and UK to share knowledge. The next deadline is the 1st September 2017, with subsequent monthly deadlines on the 1st of each month. Further details, including how to apply, can be found at the EPSRC UK-USA travel fund page.

We would like to encourage applications from under-represented groups in the UK RSE community, including women and ethnic minorities.

Applications should be submitted via this form.

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