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The GridNet1 Grant has now expired and we hope it will be replaced by GridNet2, for further information regarding GridNet2 please see http://www.nesc.ac.uk/nesc/gridnet/

As applications to GridNet are reviewed by three members of the GridNet Advisory Board, it is intended to provide funding on a continuing basis over an extended period of time, NOT for individual events. Please note GridNet extended to the 31st of March which means it can be used to cover expenditure for GGF13 in Seoul or other legitimate standardisation work up to and including 31 March 2005.

The rapid development of e-Science and grid technologies to support e-Science is being stimulated by substantial governmental and industrial investment, in the USA, the UK and many European countries. This is manifest in a large number of grid-based projects and a large number of institutions and companies undertaking grid-related work. To gain the best return on this investment requires substantial coordination, communication and particularly the development of standards, e.g. through GGF and W3C using IETF processes. This requires sustained allocation of leading researchers’ and developers’ time and effort preparing for and participating in these standards processes. The purpose of the GridNet award is to support those undertaking the work that may lead to standards and to coordinate their efforts.

Who can be funded (definition of the ‘constituency’)?

  • Groups in the e-Science Core Program and any similar groups established by the Core Programme Directorate in the future
  • The members of pilot projects and demonstrators established by research councils and by the Core Programme Directorate,
  • UK computing science researchers working on Grid-related research, and
  • UK software developers developing and exploiting Grid technology.

GridNet’s role

GridNet will provide support for members of the constituency to participate appropriately in the international standardisation and coordination bodies such as GGF, W3C and IETF. GridNet will be guided in the choice of those members, in the definition of appropriate participation and in the levels of support given by a GridNet Advisory Board (GNAB). The GNAB will be drawn from the constituency and from international advisors well respected in the field.

Appropriate participation warranting support

  • Participation should include sustained and active involvement in a working group or research group which is part of one of the international standardisation and coordination bodies.
  • It will often include the development of significant material, e.g. papers in a standard body’s document process, or reference implementations.
  • Normally, the technology or standards developed will be relevant to UK e-Science or the future deployment of Grid technology in a wider range of applications.
  • Support will not be provided if it would result in double funding of a particular activity.
  • Dissemination of the information gained and progress made, e.g. via reports at meetings, web-material, etc. will be considered helpful, but this requirement should not be so onerous as to deter participation.
  • Often, working with industry at the appropriate stages of standardisation is helpful in getting ideas accepted.
To achieve this, each participant will normally attend meetings of the standards body or the associated working or research group. For example, the three meetings per year of GGF plus intermediate meetings of groups in which they are active. It may be the case that the participant will also organise some local, e.g. UK or European, meetings to prepare a for a new working group, which may be initiated through a Birds of the Feather (BoF) at one GGF and continued there after as a working group. Support for communication with the relevant GGF area director may therefore be necessary. GridNet funding will cover the costs of attending these meetings and the cost of prepatory work, other than labour costs.

We cannot offer support beyond the end date of the current grant which is the 31st March 2005.

Applying for support

A potential participant, or group of participants, from the constituency should apply by filling in the application form and providing a short case (1 or 2 pages) to the director of NeSC who will administer the application and support the allocation process.
An allocation will be made for each participant in the GridNet. This allocation will be sufficient to cover sustained work for a period typically necessary to achieve results in working groups and standardisation processes.
Successful applicants will be expected to provide short summaries of their work using this support, on a periodic basis, normally annually just prior to a GNAB meeting. (The GNAB will have the power to revise the frequency of reporting, generally or for individual cases and to specify what aspects of the work should appear in the report.) This reporting process should be kept simple and minimal so that it does not detract from the intended work.


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