For units such as departments

Our pilot is funded by departments and schools, and members of these units can receive the basic services free of charge (in accordance to the shares of funding). In addition to the basic service, researchers can request dedicated advanced services (see list above). Advanced services are funded directly by the research group and their funding replaces part of their unit’s share.

Case study: Systematic improvements

Your department has a lot of people doing little bits of programming everywhere, but everyone is doing things alone. What if they could work together better? By joining the RSE program as a unit, your staff can get up to X hours of free help to understand tools to make their programming/data work better. After a few years, you notice a dramatic cultural shift: there is more collaboration and higher-quality work. Perhaps you already see a change in your KPIs.


Benefits to schools/departments:

  • Increase the quality of efficiency of your research. Your researchers focus on their science while improving their coding skills passively.

  • Provide hands-on technical research services to your community at a higher level than basic IT.

  • Help with data management and FAIR data - be more competitive for funding, help get value out of your unit’s data.

Benefits to groups:

  • Receive staff/on-call software development expertise within your group, without having to fund or hire a full-time.

  • Your RSEs get joint training and share competence within our RSE group.

How to join

The RSE program is a part of Aalto Science-IT (Aalto Scientific Computing), so is integrated to our computing and data management infrastructure and training programs. You don’t just get a service, but a connection to a community of experts.

If you would like to join, check out the implementation plan and/or contact us at rse-group at