A National Science Foundation grant will allow the UA to establish a research center.

September 23, 2008

By hammersmith

[Source: University Communications] – The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $18.5 million grant to establish an engineering research center based at The University of Arizona.

The center, or ERC, will focus on removing one of the last bottlenecks in the Internet by developing optoelectronic technologies for high-bandwidth, low-cost, widespread access networks.

The UA and nine partner universities will collaborate as the Center for Integrated Access Networks, or CIAN, to create an advanced optical access network capable of delivering data more than a thousand times faster to users at lower cost than they now pay to connect to information data bases and communication networks.

“NSF is pleased to welcome The University of Arizona and its partner universities into the ERC program,