Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) NSF Wide Programs
September 26, 2019
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has invested over $11.5 million in 9 new projects to tackle grand scientific challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The awards are funded through the new NSF-wide Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program.
Research collaboration in networks is increasing in all fields of science, engineering, and STEM education. Coordination among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad provides an opportunity to advance the frontiers of a field. The AccelNet program aims to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations.
"Today’s science is highly collaborative and international," said Rebecca Keiser, Head of NSF's Office of International Science and Engineering. "The strategic linkages across international research networks created through these AccelNet awards will enable U.S. researchers and international partners to leverage complementary resources and ensure that the future U.S. scientific workforce develops the skills to thrive in global teams that drive scientific discovery."
The 2019 AccelNet awards support the creation of international networks of networks in a wide range of community-recognized grand challenges, ranging from resilience to robotic surgery. Several awards align with the NSF’s Big Ideas Navigating the New Arctic, Windows on the Universe, The Future of Work, and Harnessing the Data Revolution.
These first AccelNet awards include 4 catalytic efforts to identify key knowledge gaps and 5 large-scale networking plans for innovative collaboration on research priorities and enhancing professional skills of students and early-career researchers in international networks. Through these nine projects across 25 institutions, U.S. research networks will connect with research networks across the globe to enable research advances at scales larger than currently possible.
A full list of the 2019 AccelNet awards can be found on the NSF Awards Search.
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AccelNet Informational Webinar PPT (Oct, 2019)
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Important Information for Proposers
A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.
The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations. The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand scientific challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to create new collaborations and new combinations of resources and ideas among linked global networks.
This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of international networks of networks in research areas aligned either with one of the NSF Big Ideas or a community-identified scientific challenge with international dimensions. AccelNet awards are meant to support the connections among research networks, rather than supporting fundamental research as the primary activity. Each network of networks is expected to engage in innovative collaborative activities that promote synergy of efforts across the networks and provide professional development for students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers. There are two proposal categories covered by this solicitation: Catalytic and Full-Scale Implementation.