ReSA is delighted to announce support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to establish the Research Software Funders Forum as a collaboration of funding organisations committed to supporting research software, and those who develop it, as fundamental and vital to research. The Funders Forum will create a formal mechanism for funders to share practices and consider how to address common challenges to achieve the significant cultural change needed across the research sector globally. ReSA will also utilise the resource materials that will be created to stimulate discussion at Funders Forum meetings to create publicly disseminated outputs that will assist in achieving the ReSA mission of bringing research software communities together to collaborate on the advancement of the research software ecosystem.
The Sloan Foundation is a not-for-profit, mission-driven grantmaking institution dedicated to improving the welfare of all through the advancement of scientific knowledge. Established in 1934 by Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr., then-President and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Corporation, the Foundation makes grants in four broad areas: direct support of research in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics; initiatives to increase the quality, equity, diversity, and inclusiveness of scientific institutions and the science workforce; projects to develop or leverage technology to empower research; and efforts to enhance and deepen public engagement with science and scientists.