N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research

The N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR) has been established to foster excellence in CIR methods, skills and facilities to reinforce the N8 Universities’ strategic research objectives.

N8 CIR aims to provide a competitive edge to the 8 universities and support enhanced performance by:

  • building communities of practice focused on selected N8 strategic research priorities;
  • developing skills and building communities of research software engineers and enabling shared learning through shared software infrastructure;
  • facilitating the provision of shared high performance computing resources involving N8 partners;
  • facilitating access to the national e-Infrastructure ecosystem;
  • positioning N8 to leverage future funding for computationally intensive research.

Building on the work of N8 High Performance Computing, the Centre of Excellence seeks to accelerate progress in areas of research that are of strategic importance to the N8 partners, including some that have not made heavy use of technology in the past.


Five thematic areas have been identified as a basis for developing N8 CIR, all of which reflect both national priorities and areas of strategic importance for some or all N8 partners. They also all represent areas that provide an outstanding opportunity for research innovation through novel application of CIR methods.

The chosen themes are:

  • Digital Health
  • Digital Humanities
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Computational Sciences

In addition, there are people-focussed Research Software Engineer and Research Infrastructure Engineer themes.


Following a series of workshop events across the N8 universities in early 2019, roadmaps have been developed for the first two thematic areas to be prioritised (Digital Health and Digital Humanities). These roadmaps identify key opportunities where N8 CIR could help to accelerate progress within the themes, including skills requirements for researchers.

A follow-up series of events, held over the summer of 2019, helped to identify the range of training expertise that exists within the N8 partnership, what gaps there are in this provision, and how N8 CIR can bring together trainers and researchers to drive innovation and best research practice.

Contact Us

Dr Gillian Sinclair, N8 CIR Programme Manager


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