Computer Security Grants

Tuesday, September 14 2010


Faculty in the department of Computer Science have been awarded a $1.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation to support the Scholarship for Service program (SFS). The SFS program provides a two-year full-ride scholarship to students studying computer security, with the requirement that the student then work for the US government for two years helping improve the security of our nation’s computer systems. As evidence of our legacy of leading, UofI was one of the first five Universities in the nation to offer this Scholarship starting 2001. Currently only 34 universities offer this scholarship.

In addition to this recent grant, Computer Science faculty working within the Center for Secure and Dependable Systems (CSDS) have also recently received a total of $980,000 from three grants through the Air Force Research Lab to investigate computer security properties of modern microprocessors. Researchers at CSDS continue to provide internationally recognized cutting edge research in support of securing the computing systems used by industry, academy and government.