Microsoft and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the latest awardees for the joint Microsoft-NSF research partnership in cloud computing. As part of this agreement with the NSF, Microsoft is making available access to Windows Azure , Microsoft's cloud computing platform. In addition, a support team of Microsoft researchers and developers is working with grant recipients to equip them with a set of common tools, applications and data collections that can be shared with the broad academic community, and also providing expertise in research, science and cloud computing.
Increasingly, the important scientific questions lie at the intersections of traditional disciplines, and insights from multidisciplinary collaborations drive innovation, economic development and our response to complex problems and natural disasters. This was clearly reflected in the technical diversity among the list of NSF-Microsoft award recipients.
This Microsoft/NSF partnership is but one part of a broader international program that Microsoft is building with the scientific research agencies worldwide. We believe cloud computing, coupled with powerful client tools, can transform the nature of research. This worldwide program currently targets collaborations with several national and international research partnerships, including
These public-private partnerships are about so much more than access to cloud computing resources it is really about transforming how we conduct research by broadening researcher capabilities, fostering collaborative research communities globally, and accelerating scientific discovery by shifting the focus from infrastructure to empowerment.