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Research Support

Research Support

CEN offers grant development and proposal submission support in the areas of campus cyberinfrastructure, campus computing, cybersecurity, high-performance computing, incivility & diversity in IT, and broadband access as well as other areas that improve access and utilization of networking and infrastructure resources.

Depending on the type of grant being submitted and the requirements of the solicitation, CEN can project engineering project design and proposal development support and resources, serve as a leadership institution (where required), provide letters of collaboration, and provide grant proposal review and input prior to submission.

Letters of Support

CEN is pleased to provide a Letter of Collaboration for an NSF submitted proposal. To request a Letter of Collaboration, please provide a copy of your full proposal at least two weeks prior to the solicitation deadline to ensure that we have sufficient time to review and return a Letter of Collaboration.

About The Network

CEN’s unique, 2,500 route mile, all optical, high-performance network provides internet access and transport services in every Connecticut community.  Established in 2000 to meet the rigorous needs of research and education, CEN has the capacity, scalability, and engineering performance to support the high-bandwidth applications of that community well into the future.  Peering with other R&E networks across the country and internationally, CEN provides its members with a single point of contact for reaching resources and locations well beyond the state’s boundaries.


  • Triangle Juniper MX 960/480 core with a fully meshed aggregation and a resilient edge ring design
  • 1, 10, 100 Gbps circuits tuned for elephant flows commonly found in research and artificial intelligence applications
  • Cisco and Ciena Optical DWDM backbone
  • Cisco and Juniper route/switch infrastructure
  • 10 Gbps transport circuits to major east coast data centers such as MGHPCC, Equinix VA, CoreSite NYC, Markley and beyond.
  • 1 - 10 Gbps AL2S/AL3S transport to members within the Internet2 and The Quilt communities


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CEN’s scalable, resilient network design offers an unmatched combination of performance attributes for speed, latency, reliability, and security.

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CEN’s cost recovery model provides competitive pricing, custom tailored services, and larger feature sets as compared to other for-profit ISPs.

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CEN's Connecticut based team backs its members with a 24/7/365 Network Operations Center (NOC) and access to senior technical staff for the most consistent, local, expert service available.