Schmidt Futures’ Virtual Institute for Scientific Software

This initiative provides funding to advance the practices in software delivery…and is aimed at creating a cadre of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) who can write good, scalable scientific software. Hallelujah!

While science has become increasingly reliant on complex programming and technology, the majority of researchers lack the training or experience in software engineering, tools and methods to produce effective, reliable, and scalable solutions. As a result, successful research and scientific discovery is sometimes delayed as researchers looking to conduct further experiments struggle to adapt unstable and outdated programming. VISS seeks to improve the quality of research, accelerate advancements and encourage scalable open source solutions by providing scientific researchers with access to full-time professional engineers and state of the art technology to develop high quality, maintainable and adaptable software.