The National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate (NSF CISE)
The National Science Foundation's CISE Directorate has been a crucial force in the development of the Internet since the early days of the development of NSFNet, the national backbone network that evolved into today's Internet. The NSF provides funding for many basic research efforts related to advanced networking technology development. The NSF also supports a number of areas of applied network research, such as funding for the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR). The NSF has provided funding for connectivity for over 100 institutions under its High Performance Connections program, the majority to allow for connectivity to the vBNS, also funded by the NSF.
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