Computing has become an essential component of research and education for nearly every scientific and engineering discipline. Meeting the need for research computing facilitators (RCFs) – support staff who can help faculty make the best use of available computing resources – is a significant challenge for small and mid-sized institutions that do not have the critical mass to build teams of RCFs on site. ERN members are collaborating on two NSF-sponsored programs to address this challenge.
CAREERS is a more recent initiative that builds on the experience of the Northeast Cyberteam. The program is is an NSF-sponsored collaborative effort led by the Yale Center for Research Computing, working with Rutgers University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Rhode Island, Penn State University, University of Delaware, and the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center. In addition to projects that pair mentors with student-facilitators, CAREERS is also offering direct support by professional RCFs.