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CC* DeREN Planning Grant

The Delaware Research and Education Network

The Delaware Research and Education Network (DeREN) project incorporates community research requirements to develop a plan for a sustainable research and education network that fosters collaboration, data sharing and new research opportunities across the State of Delaware. Delaware’s research community includes several mid-sized and under-resourced colleges and universities, including a historically black college and university (HBCU). The vision of DeREN is to enable partnerships between research entities across the state of Delaware and beyond through coordination, training and access to local and regional research cyberinfrastructure. The DEREN project will provide a plan for a viable and scalable structure for Delaware’s broader research community to flourish.

The planning project entails university-led workshops that focus on potential community users and their respective research and education requirements, potential participation in University of Delaware research programs, network requirements, opportunities for collaboration, and data sharing strategies between community entities. After analyzing community research requirements, the University of Delaware will evaluate opportunities and associated fiscal strategies to extend powerful research and cyber infrastructure (CI) via the Delaware Research and Education Network (DeREN) to advance research. In addition, the analysis will provide the framework to design the DeREN as a successful, scaleable and comprehensive community anchor network.