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The Institute’s research mission is to enhance research in the affiliated departments, institutes, centers, and programs to foster interdisciplinary, data-intensive research collaborations, and be a Rutgers-wide resource for collaborative projects and consortia related to Data Science, Learning, and Applications.
This will be achieved through federally funded programs by focusing on bringing together multiple faculty with connected research interests. The Institute will leverage current strengths by creating a multiplier effect in many of the areas across Rutgers that already are primed in the direction of Data Science.


The Institute’s education mission is to prepare the researchers of tomorrow for the growing need to manage and learn from complex data sets, and to train undergraduate and graduate students to be competitive for the growing number of data-intensive jobs in the current and future marketplace.
 This is particularly relevant at Rutgers University-Newark with its national prominence in educating a remarkably diverse student body (in terms of ethnicity, gender, nationality, and socioeconomic status) and increasing opportunities for students from all backgrounds to enter research careers.


Through its translational research and educational activities in the area of data sciences, the Institute will engage and generate strong ties with other institutions, government, and industry within the greater Newark/New York  metropolitan area. The outreach mission will be accomplished through the following key activities:
  • Leverage the well-established New Jersey Big Data Alliance (NJBDA) initiative as an effective means to reach out to other institutions, government, and industry.
  • Establish an industry/government Affiliate Program that offers members such benefits as interactions with students and faculty, matching grant programs, and executive training

Working with I-DSLA

  • Lead member of the NSF North East Big Data Innovation Hub, together with Harvard, Columbia, MIT, NYU, UPENN, CUNY Cornell, etc.
    Rutgers is a NSF site of Industry/University Cooperative Research Center Program
    Over $22 million in Research Support

Funding Opportunities

Campus Cyberinfrastructure – Data, Networking, and Innovation Program (CCDNI)