The Cross-Science Institute aims to break down existing barriers in the scientific research ecosystem through the support of ambitious thinkers, advanced technologies, and foundational tools that improve scientific discovery.

Programs and Initiatives

Virtual Institute for Scientific Software

The Virtual Institute for Scientific Software (VISS) seeks to accelerate the pace of scientific research through the support and development of better quality, more sustainable scientific software. With a network of four inaugural centers, VISS seeks to address the demand for high-quality professional software engineers who can build dynamic, scalable, open software to facilitate accelerated scientific discovery across fields. The objective of these scientific software centers is to both improve the quality of research and accelerate advancements, as well as to support longer-term platforms and systems that encourage best practices in open science. This will be achieved by providing scientific researchers with access to full-time professional engineers and state-of-the-art technology and techniques such as high-end computing, massive databases, and machine learning.

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship seeks to improve how science is done by accelerating the incorporation of AI techniques into the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematical science, providing access to AI tools and training to the sharpest minds on the frontlines of scientific innovation. The Fellowship program will be supporting approximately 900 postdoctoral fellow years across nine global universities to learn and apply AI methods to their research. University awardees provide advanced AI training, funded research support, and professional development opportunities –– both to shape research in their own departments and to help build a global network of AI-trained scientists.

Schmidt Science Fellows (SSF)

The Schmidt Science Fellows program brings together the world’s best emerging scientists and places them in a postdoctoral fellowship in a field different from their existing expertise.

Schmidt Science Polymaths

The Schmidt Science Polymath Program empowers intensely creative, early-to-mid-career scientists to take adventurous leaps into new research domains, confront disciplinary dogmas with fresh ideas, and experiment with new methodologies to inspire impactful scientific breakthroughs.

Science Communications

The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Awards for Excellence in Science Communications aim to inspire a new generation of science journalists, research scientists, and other science communicators to engage the public with complex ideas in science, technology, and engineering, and to encourage continuing excellence in the field.

Israeli Women's Postdoctoral Award

The Eric & Wendy Schmidt Postdoctoral Award for Women in Mathematical and Computing Sciences supports promising women in Israel pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship in mathematics, computer science, or electrical engineering at a major institution outside of Israel. Each award recipient receives a grant after relocating and beginning a postdoctoral or early career research fellowship.

DataX Center for Statistics and Machine Learning

The DataX Center advances the breadth and depth of data science impact by accelerating discovery in three large, interdisciplinary research efforts to educate, train, convene and support a broad data science community at Princeton University. In the two years since its establishment, the DataX Center has catalyzed the hiring of new data science talent; advanced cutting-edge research in information technology policy, and biomedical data science; incentivized new interdisciplinary research projects; and enhanced the range of opportunities on campus for the broader Princeton data science community.

Schmidt Academy for Software Engineering

The Schmidt Academy for Software Engineering is helping to transform academic culture at Caltech by bringing best practices in software engineering directly to upcoming leaders in research groups. The Academy’s main aim is to use Caltech’s research and educational resources to build a new platform that helps push forward scientific research in the software engineering field.