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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

Dr Mark Parsons

NeSC Commercial DirectorEPCC Commercial Manager

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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  • 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!