Request for Proposals — 2024 Grants

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Click here to download slides from the September 7, 2023 Red Hat Collaboratory at Boston University Request for Proposals for 2024 Awards presentation. This slide deck is a resource as you develop proposals as it includes additional details on research areas of focus and examples of projects.

The Collaboratory seeks to define and demonstrate an open model for large-scale reproducible systems research in achieving a future of secure, reliable, scalable, self-operating, distributed, heterogeneous compute platforms that stretch from edge devices to cloud datacenters.  We seek proposals from qualified researchers in three categories:

  • Large-scale projects: [total cost < $500,000] These are highly visible projects involving multiple faculty, students, and a community of Red Hat engineers.
  • Small-scale projects: [< $175,000] These projects explore a more focused element of the Collaboratory goals within a researcher’s area of expertise, and include collaboration with at least one Red Hat engineer.
  • Speculative projects: [< $100,000] These are speculative, fundamental research, or Mass Open Cloud Alliance (MOC Alliance) projects designed to initiate a collaboration.

Projects should generally focus on problems of distributed, operating, security, or network systems whose solution shows promise for advancing their field and impacting industry.

Proposers are especially encouraged to:

  • integrate into as many of the existing Red Hat Collaboratory efforts as appropriate (e.g., the Mass Open Cloud Alliance, edge to Cloud, RHODS and application to education), 
  • review 2022 and 2023 awards to get a sense of the types of systems research that the Collaboratory has supported,
  • review topics of recent Red Hat Research Interest Group agendas,
  • note related existing or planned federal proposals, and 
  • describe any relevant broader impacts  of the project (e.g.  providing opportunities for broader participation in STEM, undergraduate impact, climate change and sustainability, promoting civil society).

We understand that researchers may not have established connections with Red Hat business units and engineers, and we thus encourage researchers to contact  the Collaboratory team ASAP (strongly recommended before July 31) at for help in connecting to potential Red Hat collaborators.  

Please note that any artifacts developed by the projects must be available under an open source license and all project results should be made publicly available (for example, through academic publication).