We are proud to announce that we've received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that will support IPython development for the next two years. Thanks to this $1.15M grant, Brian Granger and Fernando Perez will be working roughly 3/4 of their time on IPython, Min Ragan-Kelley will be the lead project engineer, and Paul Ivanov and Thomas Kluyver will work as postdocs on the project. Furthermore, Matthew Brett and JB Poline of Nipy fame will be working part-time on the development of notebooks for applied statistics in collaboration with Jonathan Taylor from Stanford.
This will also give resources to support two annual all-hands development sprints at Berkeley where I hope all our core developers will be able to attend, as well as funding for cloud resources so that we can provide paid support for our CI hosting and nbviewer beyond what the free plans allow (and further services that may arise over time).
We'd like to particularly thank Josh Greenberg, our program director at the Sloan Foundation, for the phenomenal guidance and support he provided during the grant proposal preparation and detailed review process.
Needless to say, we are extremely excited about this news. We'll have more announcements to make over the next few weeks, but now I need to get a lot of administrative wheels in motion quickly, as the funding officially starts Jan 1, 2013!
- Fernando Perez