Five Leading National Research and Education Networks Launch ‘Enlighten Your Research Global’ Competition

18 Jun 2013 Utrecht - 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 programme 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 e-mail, 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 work flow. 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 programme 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 high performance network infrastructures operated by the participating NRENs and their partners.
  • Support and consultation with expert network engineers on devising the best end-to-end network connectivity plan to support the proposed research.
  • Commitment from each participating NREN for an agreed level of network resource provisioning and ongoing support during the competition period.

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.

Researchers who are affiliated with at least one of the organisations connected to the EYR-Global participating NRENs can apply.

Researchers from any discipline and with any level of technical expertise are invited to submit a proposal. The programme 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, July1, 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 and for further information about EYR-Global, you can visit the EYR-Global submissions site.
Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory