One of the first areas that pops into my head is Genomics, being data heavy and intense. The link below explains more about how to enroll for the program for anyone doing research in a new or approved project. This is an independent federal agency to promote the growth of scientific discovery and according to the website their budget is over 6 billion. In addition to healthcare they also fund all types of other project too, so if you are in research, go grab a cloud if you can. BD
REDMOND, Wash., and ARLINGTON, Va. — Feb. 4, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and the National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced an agreement that will offer individual researchers and research groups selected through NSF’s merit review process free access to advanced cloud computing resources. By extending the capabilities of powerful, easy-to-use PC applications via Microsoft cloud services, the program is designed to help broaden researcher capabilities, foster collaborative research communities, and accelerate scientific discovery. Projects will be awarded and managed by NSF. More details about funding opportunities are available at http://www.nsf.gov/dir/index.jsp?org=CISE.
Microsoft will provide cloud computing research projects identified by NSF with access to Windows Azure for a three-year period, along with a support team to help researchers quickly integrate cloud technology into their research. Windows Azure provides on-demand compute and storage to host, scale and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft datacenters. Microsoft researchers and developers will work with grant recipients to equip them with a set of common tools, applications and data collections that can be shared with the broad academic community, and also provide its expertise in research, science and cloud computing.
“Cloud computing can transform how research is conducted, accelerating scientific exploration, discovery and results,” said Dan Reed, corporate vice president, Technology Strategy and Policy and eXtreme Computing at Microsoft. “These grants will also help researchers explore rich and diverse multidisciplinary data on a large scale.”
Microsoft and the National Science Foundation Enable Research in the Cloud: Agreement will offer free access to new computational and collaborative services to accelerate scientific discovery for research communities.