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Virtual institutes to support the scientific collaborations of the future
Date:10/6/2011

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI), an effort to motivate collaboration among scientists and educators around the globe to spur scientific discovery. By connecting researchers with common interests and goals, SAVI can better leverage taxpayer resources while helping to address some of society's most vexing problems.

Building on beneficial partnerships initiated by NSF-supported researchers, research institutes and universities, SAVI projects will address common challenges and serve as creative hubs for innovative research and education activities across borders.

"SAVI will serve as a catalyst for new, well-coordinated, and structured collaborations under one umbrella, said Subra Suresh, director of NSF. "It is my hope that SAVI will create new opportunities for NSF-funded scientists to collaborate across institutional, national, disciplinary, and cultural barriers."

"This is an exciting opportunity for international collaboration," said Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). "It acknowledges the global nature of science and engineering, while giving researchers a new mechanism to work together."

SAVIs are built on relationships initiated by teams of NSF supported researchers, research institutes and universities. SAVI's impact will be felt in:

  • Creating virtual institutes through networking among NSF-funded, U.S. researchers and international collaborators that have complementary strengths and common interests;
  • Facilitating science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research and education partnerships among NSF-funded research centers/institutes--both virtual and real--and their international counterparts;
  • Providing students, postdocs and junior faculty opportunities for research experiences abroad that lead to long-lasting international collaborations; and
  • Strengthening connections b
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Contact: Lisa-Joy Zgorski
lisajoy@nsf.gov
703-292-8311
National Science Foundation
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