The SHIELD NASA DRIVE Center is a national and international collaboration involving researchers from over half a dozen institutions, and led by Merav Opher from the Astronomy Department at Boston University.  

SHIELD will: (1) determine the global nature of the heliosphere; (2) determine how pickup ions evolve from ‘cradle to grave’ and affect heliospheric processes; (3) establish how the heliosphere interacts with and influences the LISM; and (4) establish how cosmic rays are filtered by and transported through the heliosphere.

SHIELD overview
Southwest Research Institute
University of Maryland
University of Alabama in Huntsville
University of Michigan
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
California Institute of Technology