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National Science Foundation

Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) is a mechanism to foster and strengthen interaction among scientists, engineers and educators around the globe. It is based on the knowledge that excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research and education exists in many parts of the world, and that scientific advances can be accelerated by scientists and engineers working together across international borders.


SAVI serves as a catalyst to foster many activities efficiently and economically, and seeks to:

Collage of Richard Smith, center, Bimal Roy, left, Matti Latva-aho, upper rt., Jean-Pierre Joanny, lower rt.
View video: International
collaborations, the power
of SAVI.
  • Create a uniform platform for broad sets of international collaborations;
  • Bring leading researchers from various countries together, both virtually and physically to coordinate their work on problems or issues of common interest;
  • Create research partnerships among NSF-funded U.S. institutions and other institutions around the world to address global scientific challenges at the frontier;
  • Strategically leverage NSF funding with new funding opportunities from around the globe;
  • Leverage complementary intellectual strengths and share unique research facilities;
  • Mentor and train junior researchers by providing them with opportunities to network with research leaders within the U.S. and abroad; and
  • Create opportunities for scientific collaborations within the U.S. and across the globe to work across disciplinary, institutional, geographic, linguistic and cultural barriers.
SAVI logo
View video: Webcast of
SAVI Launch
October 5, 2011

SAVI provides a mechanism for U.S. research communities to build long-term, structured collaborations with partnering countries in STEM fields. With success, these partnerships should have significant impact on research and education, which can fuel economic growth, prosperity and well-being.

  • Read the Dear Colleague Letter about SAVI (NSF 13-073), which presents proposal instructions and other essential information. These conditions remain in effect for fiscal year 2015.

  • Download the SAVI Factsheet (PDF) for a summary.

  • Find out more in the press release, Virtual Institutes to Support the Scientific Collaborations of the Future, Oct. 5, 2011.

  • Also see the press release, International Team Targets Innovations in STEM Learning, Feb. 25, 2013.

  • View the SAVI launch archived webcast, Oct. 5, 2011.

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