We discovered that grants like fed4fire+ have been set up to only allow Companies that are VAT/TVA registered to be eligible for funding. This means that non-incorporated FOSS projects and individuals aren’t eligible for funding testbed access.
Fed4Fire+ is also coming to the end of their Horizon funding. This means that in the future projects may have to pay for access to the labs.
Labs like Grid 5000 do offer some free accounts but time on these testbeds is limited and at the discretion of the GRID 5000 board.
Speaking to Brett Sheffield recently, I realized that there’s a need for FOSS projects to be able to access outside testbeds to test their code/app on a known testbed. This is important for the longevity of projects as testing on non-project infrastructure backed by known bodies can help with Project credibility.
Depending on the Lab, or the funding body, this can also help with project notoriety.
Brett also brought up an interesting point. Sometimes Projects and individuals need access to testbeds to check if an initial idea is viable before seeking further funding.
We need some form of germination fund for testing.
We also want to look to NLNET as an example of the fund setup, for projects to be eligible. NLNET can fund individuals as well as projects.