Calit2, UCSD Researchers Receive $14 Million from NSF

San Diego, CA, September 17, 2003 -- Researchers at UCSD, most of them affiliated with the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [Calit²], will receive more than $14.3 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for ten new projects in the information-technology arena. That funding includes $3.5 million earmarked for UCSD as part of a collaborative agreement with UC Irvine that is being managed by Calit² [see separate news release].

Twenty-one UCSD faculty members and researchers will investigate topics ranging from how to make cryptography easier to use, to the development of better computer simulations of cell physiology.

Today the NSF announced eight large awards from its Information Technology Research (ITR) program, with UCSD participating in three of the projects. Large ITR projects focus on long-term innovations through coordinated research and education efforts at the intersection of computer science and other science and engineering fields. Researchers from the Jacobs School of Engineering, San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) and Calit² will lead UCSD involvement in the largest projects. (All dollar figures in italics represent funding to UCSD entities.)

Large ITRs

Apart from the large ITRs announced today, the NSF is also funding a wide range of smaller projects—bringing total ITR funding this year to $169 million. In addition to the eight large projects, more than 175 mid-sized projects have been awarded up to $4 million for three to five years, and 180 smaller projects will each receive up to $500,000 for up to three years. The projects were selected from a landslide of more than 2,500 merit-reviewed proposals from the academic community. UCSD researchers are PIs or co-PIs on seven newly-funded projects:

Medium ITRs

Small ITRs

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Media Contacts

Jacobs School/Calit²: Doug Ramsey (858) 822-5825
San Diego Supercomputer Center: Greg Lund (858) 534-8314
Chemistry-Biochemistry/Physics: Kim McDonald (858) 534-7572
Scripps Institution of Oceanography: Cindy Clark (858) 534-1294