On the cusp of current trends

World Community Grid operates at the intersection of three trends that are transforming the way scientific research is conducted:

Computational chemistry: research conducted on World Community Grid is based on cutting-edge computational chemistry techniques that scientists use to conduct computer-based simulations and experiments. This significantly accelerates research, allowing scientists to tackle ambitious projects that were previously unfeasible.

The scientists who established this field were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2013. The Nobel Prize Committee stated: "Today the computer is just as important a tool for chemists as the test tube. Simulations are so realistic that they predict the outcome of traditional experiments."

Open science: there is an international movement towards open access to research techniques and results, with the aim of increasing collaboration and accelerating scientific discovery. World Community Grid has supported open science from its inception in 2004, requiring that all research data generated on World Community Grid be published in the public domain.

Citizen science: people around the world are eager to understand and take part in scientific discovery by actively supporting professional scientists. World Community Grid is a platform for citizen science: over 650,000 people from 80 countries and 460 organizations have contributed the computing power of 2.3 million computers, smartphones and tablets to complete over 1.5 billion scientific calculations.