REANNZ confirms collaboration to accelerate international research

On the back of ANZAC Day, REANNZ confirms a new collaboration with Australia, Europe and the Americas in a global research-funding project.

On the back of ANZAC Day, REANNZ confirms a new collaboration with Australia, Europe and the Americas in a global research-funding project.

This week, REANNZ announced it is joining eleven leading national research and education networks (NRENs) in launching the second “Enlighten Your Research Global” (EYR-Global) programme. This programme helps accelerate international research collaborations by providing selected research proposals with improved networking, data transfers, and/or engineering. The programme is now accepting proposals from researchers throughout New Zealand.

The EYR-Global programme 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 around the world are essential to the acceleration of science and innovation and increasing the speed by which we commercialise our unique Kiwi ideas,” says REANNZ CEO Steve Cotter. “If we as New Zealand Inc. want to ensure we have a place on the global stage, we must find news ways to collaborate and innovate alongside our international colleagues. Successful EYR-Global proposals will have the support of the research and education community here in New Zealand and across the globe, with access to the world’s most advanced networks to enable their research.”

The EYR-Global programme 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 programme 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.

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

The selected proposals will receive resources and/or support from some of the world’s leading NRENs which are sponsoring EYR-Global:

AARNet, Australia’s Academic and Research Network is a national resource connecting over one million users – researchers, faculty, staff and students – at institutions across Australia

ACOnet, the Austrian academic computer network

DFN, the German national research and education network

ESnet, the U.S. Department of Energy’s high-speed network managed by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

GÉANT Association, the pan-European research and education network that interconnects Europe’s National Research and Education Networks

Internet2, a member-owned advanced technology community in the United States founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions

Janet, the UK’s research and education network

PSNC, the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center in Poland

REANNZ, New Zealand’s Research and Education Advanced Network

RNP, the Brazilian national research and education network

RedIRIS, the Spanish national research and education network

SURFnet, the Dutch national research and education network

SURFsara, the national HPC and e-Science support centre for Dutch higher education and research

For further information about EYR-Global and to make a submission, visit

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