US-China Cyberinfrastructure
Collaboration Initiative

About the Program


The Internet2 US-China Research and Education Collaboration Initiative is a multi-year, multi-path collaboration program between U.S. and Chinese researchers, scientists, educators, and leaders in higher education. The program will bring them together to discuss key issues regarding network deployment, global cyberinfrastructure, and interoperability in support of research and education in the US and China, with the likelihood of enhancing international collaborations in a broad range of disciplines. 

For over 30 years, R&E interactions between the US and China have grown due to inter-government agreements, scientific trends favoring remote collaboration, an increased emphasis on global exchange of knowledge, and advanced networks. During this time, a number of US universities have deployed campuses in China. CANS program is a part of these developments, as it anticipates and acts upon these trends in global infrastructure and enhances the work of stakeholders in NSF-funded research involving US-China interactions. In addition, it builds upon momentum from the creation of a 10G link between the US  and China, partially funded by NSF.  

The goal of this program is to jointly promote interoperability, seamless networking and collaboration, and enhanced interaction between U.S. and Chinese CIOs and researchers regarding critical and timely network research and “clean slate” efforts. This is accomplished through multi-year collaboration and annual meetings used as planning tools, building upon successful CANS (Chinese-American Network Symposium) momentum and enhancing NSF’s larger efforts promoting global networking and ensuring that these developments are available and robust enough to enhance and ensure increased scientific collaboration, continued deployment of the US satellite campuses in China, and international exchange of ideas across many disciplines.