Microsoft Research has announced on 9th of September a new initiative to help the research community use the cloud to advance scientific discovery.
Windows Azure for Research has four components:
- Windows Azure for Research Awards Program: accepting proposals for sizable grants of Windows Azure resources
- Training: Starting September 2013, a series of 20 or more worldwide training events designed specifically for scientific researchers
- Technical resources and curriculum will be available online
- Research community engagements: sponsored annual Windows Azure for Research workshop and participation in existing scientific gatherings