Windows Azure looks for Cloud and Data Science Research Proposals

Microsoft Research asks for proposals from academic/non-profit researchers for the use of Windows Azure, on topics including community data services, streaming data to the cloud, machine learning in the cloud, environmental science, astronomy, genomics, and urban science. Next deadline is Oct 15.

Windows AzureWindows Azure 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. To qualify, 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.

We will periodically announce additional special-opportunity RFPs on specific cloud 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.

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.

Proposals will be evaluated and awards announced six times a year. The first deadline for proposals is October 15, 2013, and results will be announced within two weeks after that date. The next deadline is December 15, 2013, and on the fifteenth of every other month after that.

Learn more and apply for a research award on the proposal submission site.

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Here is a sample data-science related project:

IPython Notebook on Windows AzureIPython Notebook on Windows Azure
As part of an effort to support the scientific community, the Windows Azure team supports the interactive IPython Notebook on Windows Azure.

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