Sponsored Research

ISI is in the vanguard of federally funded research. Our credentials include:

  • Exceptional depth and breadth of information sciences expertise, in both software and hardware – including world-class capability in natural language and related fields
  • Hundreds of awards from more than 15 federal agencies, spanning more than 40 years
  • A history of innovation, beginning with seminal contributions to the Internet (then ARPANET)
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver meaningful research, within ISI and with inter-institutional teams
  • Foresight into research directions and priorities, including a new emphasis on emerging technical themes
  • Ability to conduct pragmatic, applied research well beyond that of most pure-research universities – and basic research on par with esteemed institutions
  • A close connection with our parent, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, ranked first among US universities for federal computer science R&D expenditures.

ISI’s Arlington, VA offices are located near DARPA, the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. Some ISI researchers, on both coasts, hold security clearances.

Federal sponsors include:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Justice
  • Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA)
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institute for Standards and Technology
  • United States Army
  • United States Geological Survey
  • United States intelligence community
  • United States Navy

We also work with corporate customers and partners, including Chevron Corporation on the Center for Interactive Smart Oilfield Technologies and Lockheed Martin Corporation on the groundbreaking USC-Lockheed Martin Quantum Computation Center. To explore federal or corporate partnerships with ISI, please contact ISI's Michael Keston Executive Director and Research Professor Prem Natarajan at 310-822-1511.