Twelve of the World’s Leading National Research and Education Networks Open Doors for International Research

Washington DC – 27 April 2015 – Today, twelve leading national research and education networks (NRENs) representing the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe announced the official launch of the second “Enlighten Your Research Global” (EYR-Global) program. This program, which helps accelerate international research collaborations by providing selected proposals with improved networking, data transfers, and/or engineering, is now accepting proposals.

The EYR-Global program reflects two growing trends in research: it is increasingly international in scope, and increasingly reliant on high-speed networks to provide critical resources for managing, sharing and analyzing the data driving that research.

Major experimental collaborations such as the Large Hadron Collider integrate advanced networking capabilities as components for managing and sharing data internationally. At the same time, network-intensive research techniques are rapidly emerging across disciplines from genomics to climate research, materials discovery, humanities and the social sciences.

“Research and education networks have spent the past few years performing upgrades and improving end-to-end network performance,” said ESnet Director Greg Bell. “Our next frontier is direct engagement with scientific collaborations. It’s very exciting to see over a dozen of the most advanced networks in the world coming together to collaborate in this way.”

The EYR-Global program was patterned after SURFnet’s successful national Enlighten Your Research competition in the Netherlands, and represents an important step forward in helping researchers in all fields to incorporate advanced global research networks to significantly improve discoveries and collaboration processes. In 2013, the first inaugural EYR-Global program resulted in four research projects in climate research, life sciences, and computer science receiving awards in the form of network resources and/or engineering consultations to improve the research workflows in each project.

“Our work within the EYR-Global 2013 Program has enabled our team to perform climate model computations distributed over different supercomputing systems in the world. The software developed in this project and the experience gained with the networking issues will be crucial to be able to efficiently perform extremely high-resolution climate simulations in the near future,” said Henk Dijkstra, Professor of Dynamical Oceanography at Utrecht University regarding his EYR-Global 2013 project, An Advanced Distributed Computing Approach to High-Resolution Climate Modeling.

For 2015, EYR-Global is seeking to support even more projects. The two-step proposal process includes review by a panel of judges representing each of the sponsoring organizations. Final EYR-Global proposal projects may have access to:

  • High performance network infrastructures operated by participating NRENs and their partners.
  • Support and consultation with expert network engineers to devise the best end-to-end network connectivity plan to support the proposed research.
  • Commitment from each participating NREN for an agreed level of network resource provisioning and ongoing support during the program period.

Find out how to participate at the how to submit page.

EYR-Global 2015 Opens 26 April

Advanced Networking for International Research

Enlighten Your Research Global (EYR-Global) will soon kick off its second biannual program. Twelve National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) representing the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Europe have partnered to oversee the 2015 program. This will open up a breadth of opportunities for research collaborations in more countries, and allow the program to take on more projects.

In 2013, four research projects in climate, genomics, and computer science received awards in the form of network resources and/or engineering consultations so as to improve the science workflows in each project. This was a collaborative effort between the five national research and education networks in Finland (Funet), the Netherlands (SURFnet), the U.K. (Janet), and the U.S. (ESnet and Internet2). Having more than doubled the number of partnered organizations, the 2015 program is now on track to double the project acceptance rates.

EYR-Global is a program where network organizations come together to help accelerate international research collaborations through improved networking, data transfers, or engineering. Researchers, mark your calendars! The call for research proposals will open on 26 April 2015.

Read more about the program and proposal process.

Read more about the 2013 EYR-Global projects.

NRENs involved in EYR-Global 2015. (Map data ©2013 MapLink, with permission of Google this map is displayed on the website.)