The Software Sustainability Institute(SSI) is a cross-council funded group that supports the research software community in the UK. It has championed the role of the Research Software Engineer and has led national and international initiatives in the field.
One of the most popular activities undertaken by the SSI is their fellowship program. This competitive process provides an annual cohort of fellows with £3,000 to spend over fifteen months on a project of their choice. Competition for these fellowships is fierce! Just like larger fellowships, applicants must get through a peer-reviewed application process that includes written proposals and selection days.
I am extremely happy to report that Sheffield has won, not just one, but three SSI Fellowships this year. The only institution to match us was UCL, home of one of the first RSE group in the country. Here’s a brief statement from each Sheffield fellow explaining how they plan to use their funds:
When we set up the Sheffield RSE group, one of our aims was to help cultivate an environment at Sheffield where research software was valued. We do this by providing training events, writing grants with academics, consulting with researchers to improve software, improving the HPC environment and anything else we can think of. Of course, correlation does not imply causation but we like to believe that we helped our new SSI Fellows in some way (the SSI agrees) and we are very happy to bask in their reflected glory.
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Note: Queries about requests for free coding support should be raised via the code clinic or one of the universities help boards such as HPC@sheffield.ac.uk