US Research Software Sustainability Institute

URSSI's mission is to improve the recognition , development, and use , of software for a more sustainable research enterprise.

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Introducing 'Charting the Course: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Research Software'

Hello research software community! In this blog post, I am going to introduce myself and the research software policy project I am working on with Professor Daniel S. Katz at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (and Principal Investigator of the project). I am a social scientist with 20+ years of professional experience working on social, policy and institutional aspects of science and technology. → More

Announcing 4 new grants for URSSI

For many of us who develop, maintain, and use research software, the issue of software sustainability or lack thereof has been an issue near and dear to our hearts. After numerous efforts to address different aspects of this issue over the past decade, we secured funding from the National Science Foundation in 2017 to build US community around this area and architect what an ideal institute might look like. After several workshops involving the wider research community and several pilot activities, we formulated a plan for an institute. → More

Upcoming community calls and events

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements on workshops, training events, conferences and more.

Core URSSI Projects

As we get started on the institue, we have launched a series of core projects to improve the sustaniability of research software and the people who produce it.

Characterizing Research Software from NSF Awards

This EAGER project will investigate the development and maintenance of software produced in research projects funded by the National Science Foundation. The goals of this project are: 1 To understand what factors influence software sustainability by gathering data from grant-funded research projects; 2 To describe current models of sustainability planning and suggest potential new models that could increase the likelihood of achieving long-term software sustainability; and 3 To develop new …

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New School in Research Software Engineering

As part of a set of connected activities under the banner of the US Research Software Sustainability Institute, this grant funds an effort by Kyle Niemeyer, Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, to develop and run four, weeklong “beyond introductory” winter/summer schools for researchers who want to deepen their software engineering skills. Beyond directly training researchers in sustainable software development, Niemeyer will develop, hone, and release a …

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Charting the Course: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Research Software

Welcome to “Charting the Course: Policy and Planning for Sustainable Research Software,” a Sloan Foundation-funded project dedicated to supporting the future of research software through evidence-informed policy work. This section will help you stay updated with our latest news, research, and community engagement activities.

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