The ISI Foundation is a private Foundation conducting research rooted in the area of Complex Systems Science, a field that the institute has contributed to shape for more than three decades.

The ISI foundation has been established in 1983 in Torino, where it still has its headquarter. In 2014 ISI established together with the Fondazione Sviluppo e Crescita CRT the related sister ISI Global Science Foundation in New York. The history of ISI is long and exciting, marked and characterized by a number of crucial steps and visionary men behind them: to begin with, intellectuals such as Carl Kaysen, Thomas Kuhn and Salva Luria, under the guide of the first President, Tullio Regge and later Mario Rasetti. Since its very beginning, ISI promoted a distinctive borderless attitude, which allowed it to draw an endless arc through time, space, disciplines and research domain to fulfill its continued commitment to its values. By proactively meeting these scientific challenges, ISI has nurtured the creation of a distributed network of top-notch researchers which enables a valuable knowledge exchange with targeted stakeholders, such as the broader scientific community, philanthropists, global foundations, governments and corporations in order to contribute to social, economic and cultural growth at global scale. Within the overarching domain of Complexity Science, the ISI Foundation leverages the competing contributions of Data and Theory to avoid the silos of science too prevalent elsewhere. The combination of data, theory and impact is the founding essence of all the ISI research domains, which feed each other through borderless collaborations among multidisciplinary scientists, providing a solid, growing and high-potential knowledge capital that can be leveraged in all possible endeavors. The exciting Scientific story of ISI was a long difficult but beautiful path whose horizon is as unpredictable and challenging, but stimulating and exciting as the exploration of the very frontiers of new science can be.