CaStLeS Funding

CaStLeS was created and pump-primed by the University to support life science research. Therefore, in order to ensure its perennity, researchers using CaStLeS (or proposing to use it) should refer specifically to it in grant applications. So if you're writing a grant and intend to use CaStLeS on the project then please consider the following:

1. Storage

We strongly encourage all researchers to store their research data on CaStLeS storage, with certain exceptions, to secure and ease their access. So do please include the cost of the storage you intend to use. If you don't know how much you will need, then please just include costings for 3 TB of storage, or get in touch to discuss it. See our current storage costs.

2. CaStLeS QOS / BlueBEAR

If you are intending to use the CaStLeS QOS in BlueBEAR then please include the cost of one compute node in your application. Please request a quote.

Note that this means that you will have access to a virtual rather than physical node: you will have access to the whole CaStLeS QOS as normal, but with priority access amounting to the equivalent CPU-hours to one node for three years.

3. Virtual Machine

If you are intending to use one or more CaStLeS virtual machines for your project, then please request a quote for the specific size of VM you will require.

4. CaStLeS POWER GPU QOS / BlueBEAR

CaStLeS also constitutes part of the specialist BEAR AI service, made up of very powerful AI nodes. If you are intending to use these AI machines then please include the cost of one of them in your application. Please request a quote.

Note that this means that you will have access to a virtual rather than physical AI node: you will have access to the whole CaStLeS POWER GPU QOS as normal, but with priority access amounting to an the equivalent CPU-hours to one node for three years.

5. University Contribution

Please note that you may be allowed access to more CaStLeS resources than you include in your application. In that case it is worth listing them as part of the University contribution to your application. For example you will be able to access all of the CaStLeS QOS even if you only include funding for one node.

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