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EPSRC Reference: EP/J000698/1
Title: Supporting e-Infrastructure Uptake through Community Champions for Research (SeIUCCR)
Principal Investigator: Devereux, Dr C
Other Investigators:
Fowler, Dr PW Greenwell, Dr P Cox, Professor SJ
Baxter, Dr R Notman, Dr R Guan, Dr Z
Holliman, Professor N Wallom, Professor D
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Department: e-Science Centre - RAL
Organisation: STFC Laboratories (Grouped)
Scheme: Network
Starts: 18 April 2011 Ends: 31 October 2013 Value (£): 248,895
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Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
24 Feb 2011 Crossing the Chasm Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
We propose a network which will enable advocates within the engineering and physical sciences research areas - Community Champions - to be given the necessary support and information conduits to allow them to be the trusted voice in their community.

Community Champions will bring together existing orthogonal complimentary networks, supplemented with key advocates from the research community, to deliver a larger, more effective single network presenting a common face of knowledge. Community Champions will quickly and effectively disseminate opportunities for the use of e-Infrastructure that are relevant and essential, overcoming traditional barriers to enable high impact science.

Many UK researchers now benefit from the adoption of e-tools, methods and infrastructures which enable them to access and effectively utilise the growing number of computational and data resources available to them. But there are still many barriers to the adoption of these technologies by the mainstream majority. This remains a significant issue if the investment in e-Infrastructure for UK researchers is to be properly realised.

The proposed consortium of the National Grid Service (NGS) and the Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) has extensive experience of capturing, analysing and addressing the requirements of users, developers and providers of e-Infrastructure and the related software and tools. Importantly, we have experience in running some of the most significant networks of advocates for each of these three categories: the NGS Collaboration Board, OMII-UK and SSI PALS, NGS Campus Champions and UK ETF (Engineering Task Force).

What we aim to do is link these groups together by taking the current network of SSI PALs (discipline-based researchers), the NGS Campus Champions (institutionally-focused super-users) and supplement this with additional advocates in key areas of engineering and physical sciences.

One single multi-disciplinary network provides improvements in support for the researcher but also improvements in support for the shared and collaborative research that underpins high impact science.
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