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Scope of Work
CTG is the lead government partner in the National Science Foundation’s effort to build a National Technology Infrastructure for the twenty-first century. Integrating computational, visualization, and information resources, the infrastructure will help the United States to stay on the leading edge of technology.

As the lead partner of the government portion of the Education, Outreach and Training (EOT) Team for the Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI), CTG helps identify, develop, and disseminate innovative applications of technologies to the practical problems of federal, state, and local governments.

PACI is a partnership among computational scientists, computer scientists, and professionals in education, outreach, and training at more than fifty U.S. universities and research institutions working to prototype the computational and information infrastructure of the next century.

This NSF initiative consists of two broad partnerships of research institutions across the country: The National Computational Science Alliance (NCSA) and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (NPACI). NCSA is headed by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. NPACI is headed by the San Diego State University at the University of California at San Diego.

As the lead government partner in the initiative’s Education, Outreach and Training team, CTG works with scientists from both of these partnerships to build stronger collaborations between researchers and government. These linkages are expected to result in research products that address practical needs of government.

CTG's mission is to work with other government partners to help identify practical problems faced by state and local governments and apply promising advanced computational infrastructure (ACI) technologies to help solve the practical problems they face. In addressing the management, policy, and technical factors that affect success, CTG will use its proven award-winning methodology that both encourages and reduces the risks of technology-supported innovation to help PACI transform good ideas into working solutions for government.

This partnership is expected to have a number of benefits for all participants. Through the work of EOT-PACI, development teams should be able to build more pragmatic tools of direct benefit to not only government, but also to business, industry, research, and education.

The project will define and disseminate general models and guidelines for effective, practical uses of ACI technologies. It will support the use of ACI technologies to help solve pressing societal problems faced by government agencies and policy makers.