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Press Release 09-176

Building Research Competitiveness

Through $20 million, five-year awards, NSF investment in multi-institutional and interdisciplinary projects provides physical, human and cyber infrastructure aimed at improving research competitiveness in six states

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Photo of the Hawaiian landscape

Hawaii is one of six states that received a Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 award. Pictured is Limahull Ahupua'a, located in North Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands. In ancient Hawaii, the "ahupua'a" were socioecological land units within which an attempt was made to temper humans' impact on natural resource use with a holistic understanding of the interconnectedness between terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems.

Credit: Photo courtesy of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens and the Center for Conservation Research and Training, University of Hawaii

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