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SeF1 - Funding Industrial Projects Dr Mark Parsons NeSC Commercial Director EPCC Commercial Manager Industry and the Grid - 1 the Grid will only be seen as a success if it is adopted outside academic community by involving industry early we can

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sef1 funding industrial projects

SeF1 - Funding Industrial Projects

Dr Mark Parsons

NeSC Commercial DirectorEPCC Commercial Manager

industry and the grid 1
Industry and the Grid - 1
  • the Grid will only be seen as a success if it is adopted outside academic community
  • by involving industry early we can
    • ensure the developments are in line with industry’s needs
    • disseminate the relevance to industry
    • ensure the technologies that emerge are adopted as industry standards
    • develop more robust properly engineered solutions
    • make use of industry expertise & technologies we would not have normally have access to
industry and the grid 2
Industry and the Grid - 2
  • previous statements very IT industry focused
  • by involving industry we can also
    • develop new ways to solve their scientific, technical and business challenges
      • tackling previously infeasible problems
      • doing things bigger, better, faster
    • develop new methods of working
      • increasing productivity, profitability and competitiveness
      • creating virtual organisations
      • etc
funding options
Funding options
  • there are several options for funding
  • directly funded industry projects
    • but may be hard to convince industry to part with cash
      • economic situation isn’t great
      • much Grid technology is still to be developed
  • DTI/EPSRC funding
    • open call for e-Science projects
    • Grid Core Programme
    • there is no ring-fenced pure research funding
  • European Union funding
    • last call for FP 5, FP 6 on the horizon
ec funding 1
EC funding 1
  • European Commission were very fast to fund Grid projects
  • funded largest – DataGrid (10M€) – in 2000
  • to date 11 projects funded
  • variety of Action Lines in 2 Key Actions
    • main unit has been Research Networking
  • final call of Framework 5 is now open
    • closing date 21st February 2002
    • call text contains Grid Action Lines
    • probably not enough time to prepare proposal
ec funding 2
EC funding 2
  • Framework 6 starts 2003
  • EPCC has played major role in EC Grid strategy setting
  • Grid workshop report:
  • for Research Networking and Key Action 2 input to FP6 see: at bottom of page for PCM3 and PCM13 reports

ec funding 3
EC funding - 3
  • first call expected in late 2002
    • workprogramme still being finalised
    • contains strong references to Grid activities
  • but
    • may be delayed
    • not clear if RN have retained promised budget
  • big opportunities for projects
    • funding structure/project size may prove interesting
    • lack of interest from UK CS community?
dti epsrc open call 1
DTI/EPSRC open call - 1
  • full details can be found at
  • open call has approximately £5million to spend
    • apparently not much has been spent so far
    • this should be first port of call for funding
  • programme focuses on short-term research to address major technical challenges of e-Science
  • proposals must involve significant industrial contribution
    • cash or in-kind – further comments later
    • overall programme expects 50% of total requested
    • use EPS(eRP) form for application
dti epsrc open call 2
DTI/EPSRC open call – 2
  • suggested areas of research include
    • resource management and brokering
    • meta-data and data management
    • remote instrumentation and data analysis
    • large-scale visualisation and feature recognition
    • security and privacy
    • quality of service and dependability
  • wide set of areas
  • full details on website
  • good opportunities for funding
dti epsrc gcp 1
  • Grid Core Programme
  • major part of NeSC activities
  • £3million over 3 years
  • designed to fund collaborative, shared cost projects with industry
  • main aim is to developgeneric, core technology Grid components to enable the UK to demonstrate international leadership in e-Science and Grid technologies
dti epsrc gcp 2
  • two types of projects
    • core technology driven collaborations with IT vendors
    • application driven collaborations with industrial and commercial early-adopters
  • results must be reusable and generic
    • most results will be made freely available to the Grid community as Open Source
    • access to foreground IPR from some results – eg. close to core business of partners – may be kept within the project
dti epsrc gcp 3
  • NeSC also has regional role in Scotland
  • intends to make small proportion of GCP funds available to all Scottish Universities
  • NB. most projects should go to the Open Call
  • projects proposed to NeSC will
    • be selected based on their technical quality and complementarity with goals of the NeSC
    • if selected be passed to DTI/EPSRC for review and approval or rejection
dti epsrc gcp 4
  • proposals must involve
    • academic department(s)
    • industrial partner(s)
  • procedure is
    • prepare proposal in predefined format
      • available from Commercial Director (me)
    • agree in-kind funding with industrial/commercial partner(s)
    • send proposal to NeSC for review
      • proposal will be reviewed by 2 members of NeSC executive + 1 reviewer chosen for specific knowledge
      • NeSC executive board has final say if proposal should be sent to DTI/EPSRC for review
dti epsrc gcp 5
  • if accepted for submission to DTI
    • short form to be filled in GRID (1)
  • if accepted by DTI
    • longer form to fill in GRID (2SA)
    • contract issued by DTI to partners receiving funding
    • NeSC contract ammended
  • main points
    • crucial to success is getting in-kind in place
    • decision of NeSC executive is final
dti epsrc in kind 1
DTI/EPSRC in-kind – 1
  • in-kind contributions required for Open Call and GCP projects
  • eg. if an academic partner project requires £50,000 from DTI then £50,000 in-kind must be committed by industry
    • total project value is then £100,000
  • in-kind can be
    • company staff effort – salary + NI & pension + travel + overheads (50-130%)
    • equipment
    • software licences
    • cash
dti epsrc in kind 2
DTI/EPSRC in-kind – 2
  • audit certificates are not required from industrial/commercial partners
    • unless they receive money from the DTI funding as part of the project
  • but … good record keeping is vital
  • claims will not be accepted without corresponding in-kind justification
    • must be defensible to auditors
grid marketplace
Grid marketplace
  • still early days in terms of Grid technology
    • for many companies current Grid work is completely irrelevant
  • companies are only interested in work which directly benefits their business
    • there are some early adopter companies – mostly the usual suspects
    • the global IT players are taking the Grid seriously
      • a large part of the NeSC’s work is to form strategic relationships with these companies
  • successful Grid projects will be quite close to market … and use good sw eng skills
  • various avenues for funding exist
    • EU Framework 6
    • DTI/EPSRC Open Call  most promising
    • NeSC GCP funding
  • all options involve working with industry
  • there is no straightforward research programme
  • if you want to discuss project proposals please talk to us!