The Mid-Pacific ICT Center was founded with $3 million in startup funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program for four years in 2008.  Funding was renewed in 2012 for 3 years at $2.25 million.

National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" With an annual budget around $6 billion, it is the funding source for about 20% of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields, such as math, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing. In the past few decades, NSF-funded researchers have won more than 170 Nobel Prizes.

An essential element in NSF's mission is support for science and engineering education, from pre-K through graduate school and beyond. The research NSF funds is thoroughly integrated with education to help ensure there will always be plenty of skilled people available to work in new and emerging scientific, engineering and technological fields, and plenty of capable teachers to educate the next generation.

No single factor is more important to the intellectual and economic progress of society, and to the well-being of its citizens, than the continuous acquisition of new knowledge. NSF is a major part of that process.


The NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. With an emphasis on two-year colleges, ATE encourages partnerships between academic institutions and employers to improve the education of science and engineering technicians at undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. ATE is part of NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE).


NSF Advanced Technological Educatino (ATE) Program


NSF ATE Centers undertake broad national or geographic-specific initiatives in high technology fields that drive the economy and are of strategic importance to the nation. All ATE centers serve as leaders in their fields. Each pursues a distinct vision of technological education it carries out in cooperation with two-year and four-year colleges and universities, secondary schools, business, industry, and government. In addition to the centers, ATE supports projects that target particular technological education issues.


Besides MPICT, NSF ATE Centers related to ICT include the ICT Center and BATEC in Massachusetts, the Convergence Technology Center (CTC) and GeoTech in Texas, CSEC in Oklahoma, the Mid-west Center for IT in Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota, CyberWatch in the DC area, CSSIA in Illinois and Cyberwatch West in Southern California.