The UW–Madison Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) and the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) are excited to announce ResearchDrive, a secure, shareable data storage solution for faculty principal investigators (PIs), permanent PIs, and their research group members. The new service is the first phase of a Research Cyberinfrastructure strategic initiative that is a collaborative effort with the VCRGE, DoIT, the Research Technology Advisory Group (RTAG), the Libraries, and campus research computing centers to support the growing data and computing needs of researchers.
The university provides each PI with 5 terabytes (TB) available at no cost and additional storage at $200/TB/year including support, training, and onboarding for researchers. The quota per PI ensures that ResearchDrive is a predictable resource that can be leveraged for faculty recruitments and included in data management plans and grant proposals. ResearchDrive is suited for a variety of research purposes, including storing research data and files, storage for data inputs/outputs of research computing, archiving data, and others. It is a secure and permanent place to store data and includes security and data protection features based on the NIST Cybersecurity framework such as encryption, snapshots, off-site replication, ransomware protection, and monitoring by the Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC).