A Basic Level of computing support can be expected from the School IT team without having to cost it into any research grant. This includes:
Any further requirements above and beyond this basic level have to be costed into any research proposal. If such further requirements are not included as costs in any proposal then the IT Team are not obliged to provide the support required. These costs will be varied, depending on the nature of the proposal, but should consider the following:
- what processing power is required
- what memory requirements - what graphics capabilities are required
- what network storage requirements – which should include full backup costings
Detailed costings must be done in consultation with the IT Team but ball park figures on hardware costs can be found at :
Network Storage http://www.geos.ed.ac.uk/it/FAQ/storage.html
Any significant hardware purchase, either processing power or network storage, will require some initial installation time and subsequent maintenance time which would be provided by the infrastructure staff within the School IT Team. This time must be costed and should be done in consultation with the IT Team. Any requirement for specialist expertise from the IT Team, eg GIS development, Image processing, specialist software support, data management, programming, clustering, web development, database development and any other support requirement must be costed in any application. This should be done in consultation with the IT Team.
In the first instance send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a suitably informative subject line ( eg ‘Grant Proposal costs required’) containing a research proposal title/brief description and a member of the IT Team will get back to you promptly. Please leave at least 10 working days before the grant application deadline for this to be done, remember that there are usually a number of grant proposals all going in at the same time.