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Get help to improve your software from a research group based at the University of Southampton

Published: 20 November 2014

Software underpins much of the ground-breaking work performed at the University. Developing research software can be a tricky business, fortunately there is a free service located at the University to help. The Software Sustainability Institute, which is based in Electronics and Computer Science (Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering), helps researchers improve their software. Through our Open Call, we provide free expertise and effort to help you improve your research software. The current Open Call closes on 5 December 2014.

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You can ask for our help to improve your research software, your development practices, or your community of users and contributors (or all three!). You may want to improve the sustainability or reproducibility of your software, and need an assessment to see what to do next, or perhaps you need guidance or development effort to help improve specific aspects or make better use of infrastructure. We want applications from any faculty and discipline, in relation to software at any level of maturity.

Since 2010, the Institute's Research Software Group[1] has assisted over 40 projects nationally across all the UK Research Councils. In a recent survey, 93% of our previous collaborators indicated they were "very satisfied" with the results of the work. To see how we've helped others, you can check out our portfolio of past and current projects[2].

A typical Open Call project runs between one and six months, during which time we work with successful applicants to create and implement a tailored work plan. You can submit an application to the Open Call at any time, which only takes a few minutes, at

We’re also interested in partnering on proposals. If you would like to know more about the Open Call, or explore options for partnership, please get in touch with us at




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