Research and Education


NCSA focuses its interdisciplinary research efforts to address major challenges. The Center currently works with 115 affiliated faculty from more than 40 departments and eight colleges across campus. Current research focus areas include digital agriculture, bio and health sciences, earth and environment, astronomy, plus many more.

NCSA's Fellowship program provides an opportunity for faculty and researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to catalyze and develop long-term research collaborations between Illinois departments, research units, and NCSA. This competitive program provides seed funding for new projects that include NCSA staff as integral contributors to the project.

For more information about NCSA's research activities or to find out how we can assist you, please contact:


NCSA has a history of nurturing innovative concepts, and some of the best ideas have come from highly motivated, creative undergraduates. The SPIN (Students Pushing Innovation) internship program was launched to provide University of Illinois undergraduates with the opportunity to apply their skills to real challenges in high-performance computing, data analysis and visualization, cybersecurity, and other areas of interest to NCSA.

NCSA offers a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. Undergrad students from across the country spend 10 weeks at NCSA during the summer working on interdisciplinary research projects. The REU program is part of NCSA's commitment to fostering the diversification and education of the nation's advanced digital workforce.

For more information about SPIN or NCSA's REU program, please contact: