The Research infrastructure theme of EPSRC is interested in how the Cloud can be best utilised by researchers as a platform from which to carry out research computing.

EPSRC have been working closely with Joint Information Service Committee (Jisc) and have jointly funded some six monthly pilot studies into cloud which are currently running, the outcomes of which were disseminated at a workshop in September 2011.

EPSRC and Jisc have also commissioned a report investigating the cost of using the Cloud as a platform for research compared to other eInfrastructures, which we hope will assist researchers and higher education institutions when making decisions on the most cost effective ways to undertake their research.