Pennsylvania Universities Land $1.1M NSF Grant to Level the Digital Playing Field for Under-resourced Institutions


LITITZ, PA — Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) and Keystone Research Education Network (KeystoneREN), alongside Penn State University and other Pennsylvania universities, have secured a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant will be instrumental in providing vital cyberinfrastructure resources and services to under-resourced higher education institutions across Pennsylvania.

The NSF grant reaffirms KINBER and KeystoneREN’s commitment to advancing technology infrastructure in the education sector and ensuring access to state-of-the-art resources for all institutions. This groundbreaking collaboration is set to empower under-resourced colleges and universities, enhancing their digital capabilities, stimulating innovation, and broadening opportunities for students and researchers.

“We are honored to benefit from this grant from the National Science Foundation, which will enable us to make a significant impact on under-resourced institutions in Pennsylvania,” noted Nathan Flood, KINBER president and CEO. “KINBER remains dedicated to bridging the digital divide in education, and this collaboration will play a pivotal role in providing equitable access to cyberinfrastructure resources for all.”

KINBER, KeystoneREN, and their partner universities will focus on deploying tailored, cutting-edge cyberinfrastructure solutions, managed by KeystoneREN. These solutions are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of each participating institution and will be complemented by comprehensive training programs, technical support, and ongoing consultation to ensure sustainable and effective implementation.

“We are proud to play a pivotal role in this important initiative,” said KeystoneREN’s executive director, Grant Dull. “By utilizing our expertise and resources to manage the infrastructure, we aim to create a transformative impact on higher education institutions that may face barriers to accessing advanced cyberinfrastructure.”

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The NSF grant marks a notable milestone for KINBER, KeystoneREN, and their collaborators in their pursuit to foster inclusive and technologically advanced education environments. Building on an earlier NSF planning grant that KINBER received and completed in 2023, this collaboration is expected to significantly impact under-resourced institutions, unlocking new possibilities for research, education, and innovation.

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