Helping researchers use the Windows Azure cloud computing platform to advance discovery
The Windows Azure for Research project facilitates and accelerates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Windows Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud.
Windows Azure for Research Award Program
Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Windows Azure in research. We welcome research proposals from any branch of scholarly activity. We review these proposals on the fifteenth of even-numbered months (February, April, June, and so forth). The response so far has been outstanding, as a review of current grantees and their projects attests.
In addition to these standing, bi-monthly requests for proposals, we will periodically announce additional special-opportunity RFPs on specific cloud-based research topics. These topics will include community research data services, streaming instrument data to the cloud, machine learning in the cloud, large-scale image analysis, environmental science, astronomy, genomics, and urban science. These calls will be announced in our blog postings and described here.
Our first special call—Science VMs for Research—requests proposals to build virtual machine (VM) images that can be shared with communities of users. While it is standard practice for scientific communities to share important open-source, domain-specific software tools, using these tools often involves complex installation procedures or the resolution of library conflicts. Cloud computing obviates such impediments by enabling communities to share a complete operating system image, pre-installed with all the tools needed by specialized groups of users. Thus, a newcomer to the group can install the image in the cloud and be doing productive work very quickly. Moreover, the community can keep the cloud-based VM image updated with the latest version of the software. These images will be hosted on Microsoft Opentech’s VMDepot so that they can be deployed and used by anyone with a Windows Azure account. Microsoft Research will provide free Windows Azure resources to support the development and testing of the VMs. The due date for proposals for this special call is April 15, 2014.
To qualify for our awards program, applicants must be affiliated with an academic institution or non-profit research laboratory. In addition to individual investigator projects, we are interested in projects that will support access to services and data of value to a collaboration or community. Winning proposals will be awarded large allocations of Windows Azure storage and compute resources for a period of one year.
Your proposal should not exceed three pages in length. It should include resource requirement estimates (number of core, storage requirements, and so forth) for your project.
Results have been announced for the first two rounds of proposals ending on October 15, 2013, and December 15, 2013. The next deadline is April 15, 2014, for both the Science VMs for Research call and the bi-monthly requests for proposals.
- Learn more and apply for a research award on the proposal submission site.
- Submissions for the current special call, Science VMs for Research, must include “Science VM” in the project title.
- For additional information, consult our Frequently Asked Questions or send email to email@example.com.
In addition to the research awards, there are several other ways to access free Windows Azure resources. These include the 90-day free trial that is available on the Windows Azure Portal and the MSDN subscription. You may also be interested in using Windows Azure in your classes.
Windows Azure for Research training
Microsoft Research offers cloud training classes at various times worldwide to inform researchers how Windows Azure can accelerate your research.
- Learn more and view the current training schedule on the training information page.
Windows Azure in action
Eco-testing a building before it is even built
New civil engineering tools that take advantage of the power of cloud computing on Windows Azure have the potential to reduce the time and cost of energy-efficient building by allowing in-depth simulations of a building’s performance during the design phase. Read more…
Cloud computing unlocks drug discovery
Toxicity prediction presents a great challenge to scientists developing new drugs; the massive data analysis requirements require a costly computer infrastructure. But with Windows Azure, scientists can analyze big data affordably and quickly—in the cloud. Read more…
Fighting wildfires with data
|The University of the Aegean in Greece developed a new application—featuring Bing Maps, Microsoft Silverlight, and Windows Azure—to determine the daily wildfire risk in Lesvos during its dry season. With the help of a daily visualization of the environmental factors, the island’s fire management team uses the app to determine resource allocation for the day. Read more… |
A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud
A professor explores the history of climate change in depth in his graduate-level Earth System Science class. To help students visualize events through the ages, he is using ChronoZoom, an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. ChronoZoom stores and processes data in the cloud (through Windows Azure). Read more...
Supercomputing on demand with Windows Azure
Learn how Windows Azure can simplify the management of large-scale computations and how, together with FaST-LMM—an algorithm developed by Microsoft Research—it drastically reduced processing times to find new associations between genomes and diseases. Read more...
- Scale out computing using R, Matlab and Python with Windows Azure
Date: Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Time: 8:00 A.M., Pacific Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour
|Environmental Science on the Cloud with Windows Azure – Webinar
|Virtual Machines for Research on Windows Azure - Webinar
|Accelerating Your Research with Windows Azure – Webinar
|Building an historical view of climate change in the cloud with ChronoZoom|
|Fire App Fights Wildfires with Data|
|FaST-LMM and Windows Azure Put Genetics Research on Faster Track|
Events and workshops
- Building cloud virtual machines for research
- Latest recipients of Windows Azure for Research Awards announced
- ChronoZoom offers new tools for history teachers
- Scale out your research with virtual machines: Windows Azure webinar
- A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud
- Bringing the cloud to researchers around the world and online
- Windows Azure for Research gets sociable
- Windows Azure for Research Award winners
- eScience and Cloud Computing in Beijing
- Windows Azure for Research at UNICAMP
- New cloud computing training for researchers worldwide
- Windows Azure for Research
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