The National Institute of Statistical Sciences (NISS) conducts and catalyzes collaborative research in statistical studies. Principal activities are research projects in areas such as bioinformatics, data confidentiality, data integration, data quality, education statistics, healthcare, transportation, and complex surveys. A multi-sector (industry, government and academia) Affiliates Program plays vital research stimulation, dissemination, human resources and networking functions. Together with Duke, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NISS operates the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute (SAMSI), which is co-located with NISS.