provides a platform for researchers studying plant diversity and has helped undergraduate biology students complete their honors theses examining factors affecting root growth. (Credit: Cowpea Diversity panel by James Burridge at URBC, South Africa, 2013)

Funded by the NSF in 2016 to support gateway success by providing resources, expertise, support, and education to the gateway community

The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) was founded with the mission of providing resources, expertise, community support, and education to the creators of gateways serving science and engineering research and education. Through these channels, we hope to speed the development and application of more robust, less expensive, and more sustainable gateways.

The SGCI is one of two Scientific Software Innovation Institutes funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in August 2016. We were motivated to create this institute in recognition of the growing need for a "community center” that would bring together gateway creators scattered across multiple domain areas. By sharing expertise about technologies and strategies, developers may concentrate on the unique, cutting-edge development needed by their specific user communities.

Our partnership of seven universities represents more than a decade of collaboration in service of science gateways. Our selection of resources and services is based on more than five years of qualitative and survey research to better understand how gateways succeed, how creators could benefit from supplemental services and resources, and where gateways might develop in the future.