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Microsoft and the National Science Foundation Enabling Research in the Cloud (Azure)

Posted Feb 07 2010 7:29pm

One of the first areas that pops into my head is Genomicsbeing data heavy and intense.  The link below explains more about how to enroll for the program for anyone doing research in a new or approved project.  This is an independent federal agency to promote the growth of scientific discovery and according to the website their budget is over 6 billion.  In addition to healthcare they also fund all types of other project tooso if you are in researchgo grab a cloud if you can.  BD 

REDMONDWash.and ARLINGTONVa. — Feb. 42010 — Microsoft Corp. and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced an agreement that will offer individual researchers and research groups selected through NSF’s merit review process free access to advanced cloud computing resources. By extending the capabilities of powerfuleasy-to-use PC applications via Microsoft cloud servicesthe program is designed to help broaden researcher capabilitiesfoster collaborative research communitiesand accelerate scientific discovery. Projects will be awarded and managed by NSF. More details about funding opportunities are available at


Microsoft will provide cloud computing research projects identified by NSF with access to Windows Azure for a three-year periodalong with a support team to help researchers quickly integrate cloud technology into their research. Windows Azure provides on-demand compute and storage to hostscale and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft datacenters. Microsoft researchers and developers will work with grant recipients to equip them with a set of common toolsapplications and data collections that can be shared with the broad academic communityand also provide its expertise in researchscience and cloud computing.

“Cloud computing can transform how research is conductedaccelerating scientific explorationdiscovery and results,” said Dan Reedcorporate vice presidentTechnology Strategy and Policy and eXtreme Computing at Microsoft. “These grants will also help researchers explore rich and diverse multidisciplinary data on a large scale.”

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