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CISE - About

The Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering has four goals:

  • To enable the U.S. to uphold a position of world leadership in computing, communications, and information science and engineering
  • To promote understanding of the principles and uses of advanced computing, communications and information systems in service to society
  • To support and provide advanced cyberinfrastructure to enable and accelerate discovery and innovation across all disciplines
  • To contribute to universal, transparent and affordable participation in an information-based society.

To achieve these, CISE supports investigator initiated research in all areas of computer and information science and engineering, fosters broad interdisciplinary collaboration, helps develop and maintain cutting-edge national computing and information infrastructure for research and education, and contributes to the development of a computer and information technology workforce with skills essential for success in the increasingly competitive global market.

CISE is organized in four divisions: the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI); the Division of Computing & Communication Foundations (CCF); the Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS); and the Division of Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS). Each division is organized into a small number of programs that are responsible for managing a portfolio of grants and proposal competitions within a broad area of research and education. While individual program directors may be designated as the point of contact for specific sub-disciplines, collaboration takes place within each program, across each division, and between divisions and directorates.

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Marking 5 Years of the National Robotics Initiative - Image Credit: Koorosh Farchadi, NSF

Advancing Cyberinfrastructure to Push the Frontiers of Science and Engineering - Image credit: Philipp Moesta, TAPIR, California Institute of Technology

Enabling the Smart and Connected Communities of the Future - Image credit: Douglas Pancoast & Satya Mark Basu, School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Array of Thing