2024 Research Software Engineer Call For Proposals

Since 2016, the Princeton Institute for Computational Science & Engineering (PICSciE) and Research Computing have partnered with multiple academic departments to assemble a team of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) who provide dedicated software development expertise and services to Princeton-led research projects. For more information about the current RSE program structure and organization, please refer to the RSE Partnership Guide. Some recent RSE projects are shown on the RSE Selected Project Page.

The Offices of the Provost and the Dean for Research are providing substantial new resources to the existing program. To identify areas where these positions are most needed, we are using a two-step application process: 

  1. A letter of intent, (due March 1) followed by 
  2. A 3-page proposal (due May 1). 

We invite Principal Investigators (PIs) from any division to submit a letter of intent, as a plain text abstract via https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rse24, no later than Friday, March 1, 2024.

The call is open to all those in roles that grant PI-status as shown in the Principal Investigator Qualification Chart by Rank from the University Research Board.

The 1-page letter should explain how your team would benefit from increased expertise in research software engineering. Following an initial screening process, Curt Hillegas and Ian Cosden will hold “town hall” meetings to discuss the next step, namely, the preparation of a full proposal, which will be due on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. 

Full proposals, no more than 3 pages in length, should describe the following:

  • The research area
  • How a professional RSE can enhance the research
  • The expertise that would be expected of such a person
  • The expected amount of resources needed (e.g., 50% of an RSE for 3 years)
  • Information about any matching funding that may be provided (e.g., 50% co-funding)

Note: Co-funding is not required but is encouraged where possible. 

Proposals will be evaluated by the RSE Program Steering Committee

For additional information, please contact Ian Cosden at [email protected].