There is a continuum of research, from pure basic to pure applied. Yet a particular research effort need not remain fixed at any one point on the continuum. According the National Research Council’s report on convergence, convergence research should tackle specific challenges (NRC, 2014). Such “use-inspired” research develops basic research and moves it toward an application (NRC, 2014). In this way, efforts in the laboratory lead to solutions in the community. The aim of the Integrated Systems Center is to promote basic research, and guide it toward specific applications that promote the well-being of society.