The U.S. National Science Foundation's Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program has announced two new center-scale Frontier awards that will support large, multi-institution projects addressing grand challenges in cybersecurity and computer science.
Frontier awards already support some 225 projects in 39 states with more than $74 million in funding.
These projects include education and training initiatives, and both basic and practical computer science research.
The first of the new awards will go towards the establishment of the Center for Encrypted Functionalities (CEF), a collaboration between the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Stanford University, Columbia University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Johns Hopkins University. CEF is led by UCLA's Amid Sahai and based on research by his team that discovered the first mathematically sound approach to encrypting functionalities, with the specific goal of achieving program obfuscation.
The second award will establish the Modular Approach to Cloud Security project, which seeks to build a modular, multi-layered cloud security system. The project is a collaboration of Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Connecticut, and Northeastern University researchers, and will use the Massachusetts Open Cloud as a testbed for its research.
Both new projects also will help create new education and training programs focused on cybersecurity and computer science.
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