The Specialised Support program is intended to support the development of software tools to improve particular applications or to provide targeted user support for particular user communities.
As with the Specialised Facilities Program, the primary driver for the establishment of a Specialised Support project is the need and demand from particular research communities.
At its 18 March 2009 meeting, the Steering Committee agreed to the implementation of the Specialised Support program with a budget of $2M for 2010-11. The program comprises support for:
- the earth systems science community, as well as the Super Science Initiative announced in the 2009 Commonwealth budget,
- astronomy, which has been developed in consultation with the research community through Astronomy Australia, and
- data-intensive computation, with an emphasis on cloud computing services.