NSF's Ten Big Ideas
Research Ideas (top clockwise from left):
-Harnessing Data for 21st Century Science and Engineering, with an image of a word graphic about data science;
-Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future, with an illustration of creative teams working on giant digital tablets and communicating digitally;
-Windows on the Universe: The Era of Multi-messenger Astrophysics, with an aerial photo of LIGO in Livingston, LA; photo of radio telescopes at ALMA in Chile; and a photo of IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica;
-The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution, with an illustration of quantum computation with trapped ions;
-Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, with a photo of seedling being watered by hand;
-Navigating the New Arctic, with an aerial photo of melting ice in the Arctic.
Process Ideas (bottom clockwise from left)
-Mid-scale Research Infrastructure, with a photo of a broken bridge;
-NSF 2050, with an illustration featuring silhouettes of multiple people;
-NSF INCLUDES: Enhancing STEM through Diversity and Inclusion, with a U.S. map and photo montage of diverse people;
-Growing Convergent Research at NSF, with an illustration suggesting convergence.
Image credits: (top clockwise from left) James Kurose, NSF; Shutterstock.com/Jesus Sanz; LIGO Scientific Collaboration; Joint Quantum Institute, University of Maryland; ©iStock.com/RomoloTavan; F. Fleming Crim, NSF (2); Roger Wakimoto, NSF (bottom clockwise from left) ©iStock.com/franhermenegildo; ©Shutterstock/DrAfter 123; ©iStock.com/Zffoto and design by Adrian Apodaca, NSF; design by Trinka Kensill, NSF; National Research Council of the National Academies Press
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