Neil Chue Hong (MPhys FBCS)

Personal Chair in Research Software Policy and Practice & Director, Software Sustainability Institute


Neil holds a Personal Chair in Research Software Policy and Practice, and is the PI and Founding Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, a national facility established in 2010 for research software users and developers, whose mission is to cultivate better, more sustainable, research software to enable world-class research. His research focuses on how software developed from and for research can be improved through the application of software engineering practices and development of communities, policies and incentives.

He advises many large scale investments in Digital Research Infrastructure, including as the current Chair of the SPF UKRI/Met Office ExCALIBUR Steering Committee, and membership of the BBSRC Transformative Technologies SAP, NERC Digital Research Infrastructure Investment Board, EOSC Scholarly Infrastructures for Research Software Task Force, Helmholtz Federated IT Service Scientific Advisory Board and UKRI Advisory Group on Digital Research Infrastructure.

He is the co-author of Best Practices for Scientific Computing and An Open Science Peer Reviewers Oath, co-organiser of the Software Engineering for Science workshop series, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open Research Software.

From 2007-2010 he was Director of the Open Middleware Infrastructure Institute (OMII-UK), based at the University of Southampton, which provided and supported free, open-source software for the UK e-Research community. During this period, he was Technical Manager of the JISC-funded NeISS social simulation project, and Project Manager of the JISC-funded ENGAGE initiative, which interviewed 50+ researchers across the UK and commissioned 14 exemplar projects which addressed the current barriers to the use of e-Infrastructure in research domains including chemistry, Earth systems modelling, digital humanities, and medicine.

Previous to this, he worked at EPCC firstly as a technology transfer consultant working with Scottish SMEs and latterly as a Project Manager leading data access and integration projects (OGSA-DAI and DAIT), and collaborating with many other e-Science projects, including the EU FP6 NextGRID project.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh with an MPhys in Computational Physics.



MPhys (hons) 2:2 in Computational Physics, University of Edinburgh, 1999

Responsibilities & affiliations


  • University Senate
  • Research Cultures Forum
  • Research Information Systems Governance Group
  • Digital Research Services Outreach Steering Committee
  • EPCC Research Ethics and Integrity Officer
  • EPCC Senior Management


  • UKRI / Met Office ExCALIBUR Steering Committee (Chair, 2020 -present)
  • BBSRC Transformative Technologies Strategic Advisory Panel (2020 - present)
  • NERC Digital Research Infrastructure Advisory Board ( 2022 - present)
  • UKRI Advisory Group on Digital Research Infrastructure (2023 - present)
  • EPSRC e-Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team (Past Chair, 2017-2020)

Postgraduate teaching


  • Programming Skills
  • Practical Software Development

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised


  • Rongrong Zhao (PhD Genetics and Genomics, 2020-) [Assistant Supervisor; Principal supervisor: Dr James Prendergast, Roslin Institute; Assistant Supervisors: Dr Musa Hassan, Roslin Institute; Dr Andrea Talenti, Roslin Institute]
  • Felicity Anderson (PhD, 2022-) [Principal Supervisor; Assistant supervisor: Dr Julien Sindt, EPCC]



Past PhD students supervised


  • Adam Clement (PhD Genetics and Genomics, 2014-2021) [Assistant Supervisor; Principal supervisor: Dr James Prendergast, Roslin Institute]


  • Vinay Sudhakaran (MSc in HPC, 2010-2011)
  • Feng Hua (MSc in HPC, 2011-2012)
  • Visakh Muraleedharan (MSc in HPC, 2011-2012)
  • Raluca Andra (MSc in HPC, 2012-2013)
  • Antons Treikalis (MSc in HPC, 2012-2013)
  • Colin MacLean (MSc in HPC, 2013-2014)
  • Zhiyao Qian (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2018-2019)
  • Yajuan Zhang (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2018-2019)
  • Chuxi Nan (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2019-2020)
  • Kaining Zhao (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2019-2020)
  • Hisham Mamode (MSc in Data Science, Technology and Innovation, 2019 - 2021)
  • Ruiying Yang (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2020-2021)
  • Shivamm Gupta (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2021-2022)
  • Xiaoyu Ren (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2021-2022)
  • Yuang Liu  (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2022-2023)
  • Yanbing Luo  (MSc in HPC with Data Science, 2022-2023)

Research summary

My current research interests are in community engagement and development, software sustainability and the research software ecosystem. I work with research communities across the UK and globally to promote and enable the improvement of important research software through consultative advice; collaborative partnerships; and long-term engagement.

Research activities

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Current project grants

The UK Software Sustainability Institute: Phase 3 (EP/S021779/1, PI) – EPSRC (lead), AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC – £6.6m – Dec 2018 – Nov 2023
Understanding and Nurturing an Integrated Vision for Education in RSE and HPC (EP/W035731/1, PI) - SPF ExCALIBUR UKRI - £507k - Apr 2022 - Mar 2025

Past project grants

Cloud-SPAN: Specialised analyses for environmental 'omics with Cloud-based High Performance Computing (MR/V038680/1, Co-I) – UKRI - £500k – April 2021 – March 2023
Data driven life science skills development - equipping society for the future (MR/V039075/1, Named Researcher – Chair of Steering Committee) – UKRI - £344k – February 2021 – February 2023
CompBioMed2: A Centre of Excellence in Computational Biomedicine (Co-I) – EC - £324k – Nov 2018 – Oct 2022
Software and Skills for Large-Scale Computing: collecting evidence to develop a National Research Software Strategy (EP/W032155/1, PI) - UKRI - £136k - Dec 2021 - Mar 2022
Data Skills Workforce Development - Data Carpentry Workshops (Co-I) - SFC Upskilling Fund - £50k - Aug 2019 - Jul 2020
Research Data Shared Service: Software Deposit and Preservation Guidance (PI) – Jisc - £30k – Aug 2017 – Jul 2018
The Software Sustainability Institute: Phase 2 (EP/N006410/1, PI) – EPSRC (lead), BBSRC, ESRC - £4.4m – Jun 2015 – May 2019
Microsoft Azure Research Award (PI) – Microsoft - $20k – Mar 2015 – Mar 2016
SI2-CHE: Development and Deployment of Chemical Software for Advanced Potential Energy Surfaces (EP/K040138/1, Co-I) – EPSRC - £361k – Apr 2013 – Apr 2016
Software Hub (Co-I) – Jisc - £70k – Oct 2012 – Mar 2014
AWS in Education grant award (PI) – Amazon - $10k – Mar 2012 – Mar 2014
Rapport: Robust Application Porting for HPC in the Cloud (EP/I034246/1, Co-I) – EPSRC - £87k – Feb 2011 – Oct 2011
SSI: UK Software Sustainability Institute (EP/H043160/1, PI) – EPSRC - £5.5m – Jun 2010 – May 2016
OGSA-DAI: an OMII-UK Node – Services and Middleware for e-Science (EP/D043956/1, Researcher Co-I) – EPSRC - £1.9m – Nov 2005 – Mar 2010
DIALOGUE - Data Integration Applications: Linking Organisations to Gain Understanding & Experience (EP/C531248/1, Researcher Co-I) – EPSRC - £39k – Apr 2005 – Apr 2007

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