Azure for Research


Dans le cadre du déploiement de la plateforme Cloud Azure, Microsoft France développe l’initiative « Azure for Research ».

Ce programme comprend l’allocation d’heure de calculs et de capacité de stockage aux projets de recherche sélectionnés. Il propose également des sessions de formation autour des technologies Azure.

Ces deux volets sont détaillés ci-dessous. Je vous encourage à considérer ces opportunités.

  1. Windows Azure For Research Awards

Microsoft Research is soliciting proposals for the use of Windows Azure in research. Winning proposals will be awarded large allocations of Windows Azure storage and compute resources for a period of one year. Proposals will be evaluated and awards announced six times a year. The first deadline for proposals is October 15, 2013 , and results will be announced within two weeks after that date. The next deadline is December 15, 2013 , and on the fifteenth of every other month after that. To apply visit

For questions about the Call for Proposals please contact

More information: Full details of the Call for Proposal, Application form .

  1. Training Session – Azure Cloud for researchers

Microsoft Research and the Microsoft Research-Inria Joint Centre are pleased to announce a no-cost two-day hands-on technical training event for academic researchers interested in cloud computing using Windows Azure.

The training will be held November 14 & 15 in the Inria Saclay - Île-de-France research centre in Palaiseau (Ecole Polytechnique campus). All attendees must register in advance to secure their place - click here to register.

Windows Azure is a general, open, and flexible global cloud platform supporting any language, tool, or framework - including Linux, Java, Python, and other non-Microsoft technologies. The program will cover a variety of “hands-on labs” with programming examples predominantly in Python and Java. No prior experience of Windows Azure is required. The only prerequisite is basic programming experience in some language. This two-day course is presented by specialised trainers and is geared towards post-doctoral researchers, research faculty, and postgraduate students.
Attendees will be able to access Windows Azure on their own laptop during the training and for evaluation purposes for up to six months after the event. The attendee’s laptop does not need to have the Windows operating system installed – Windows Azure is accessed via an Internet browser. After attending the course, researchers will feel confident in applying cloud computing in their current and future research.

For questions about the course please contact

More information: Register for the course use this link, Course overview, Detailed Course Description (pdf), webpage of the course, logistics and status information

Bien cordialement,

Youssef Hamadi