On November 2020, the Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research Industry and Education (CANARIE) announced that the University of Ottawa is one of six universities selected for its Research Software funding call for local research software support. This funding has opened the paths for new possibilities in research software development and has led to establishing a new Research Software Development Team (RSDT).
This RSDT team comprised of research software experts aims to assist researchers to develop, enhance, repurpose, and maintain research software. The team will not only provide assistance for software development but also engage the researcher community through training and custom tools to leverage Canadian Digital Research Infrastructure, ensuring that all researchers within the community have access to research software development and integration tools. The research community at uOttawa showed great enthusiasm for this project; more than one hundred researchers participated in the survey that was conducted to understand their needs.
RSDT has opened its call for proposals by inviting researchers to request support for their software development. The call for proposals was launched on February 8 and is open until March 1, 2021. This will allow research teams to define their software development needs and establish an engagement and collaboration plan with the RSDT. Check out the Research Software Development Team website and resources for the call for proposals.