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Media Advisory 11-021

Join NSF Director, NAS President, and U.S. and International Researchers for the Launch of SAVI

Science Across Virtual Institutes launches Oct. 5, 2011 at NSF headquarters

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Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI)

October 3, 2011

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Joined by United States and international researchers, government officials and National Academy of Sciences President Ralph Cicerone, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Subra Suresh will announce Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) on Oct. 5, 2011 at 11 a.m. at NSF headquarters. SAVI is an effort to facilitate collaboration among scientists, engineers and educators across the globe to better leverage taxpayer resources to spur innovation, enable discovery and help solve 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'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 between NSF and counterpart STEM research funding organizations around the globe by leveraging each other's investments in fundamental research, research facilities, and human resource development.

At the October 5th briefing, representatives from three SAVI pilot projects--Wireless Institute between Finland and the United States (Wi.Fi.US), Virtual Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Sciences (VI-MSS) (India), and the Physics of Living Systems Student Research Network (PoLS SRN) (Brazil, France, Germany, Israel, Singapore and the United Kingdom)--will speak briefly about their virtual institutes.

What:Launch of SAVI, Science Across Virtual Institutes

When:Wed., Oct. 5, 2011, 11 a.m.

Where:NSF Headquarters, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 1235 Stafford I (National Science Board Room)

How:Please respond to by close of business tomorrow, October 4th, so that security arrangements may be made.

Media may also watch the program, via webcast through a link that will go live at the time of the event. Accessing the webcast requires Flash or Windows Media Player. (The webcast will not be accessible via mobile devices).


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Lisa-Joy Zgorski, NSF, (703) 292-8311, email:

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