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Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations  (AccelNet) NSF Wide Programs

Update on Accelerating Research Through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)

September 21, 2020

A full list of the 2019 and 2020 AccelNet awards can be found on the NSF Awards Search.

Announcements of webinars in preparation for future competitions will be posted late 2020.

Other Resources:
NSF 19-034, Frequently Asked Questions for NSF 19-501, Accelerating Research through Network to Network Collaborations
Accelerating Research Through International Network-to-Network Collaborations
SESYNC Networks-of-Networks Workshop Resources

Name Email Phone Room
Claire  A. Hemingway (703) 292-7135   
Chris  Schneider (703) 292-7920   
Ralph  Wachter (703) 292-8950   
Bruce  Hamilton (703) 292-9054   
Joanne  Culbertson (703) 292-4602   
Paul  Raterron (703) 292-8565   
Bogdan  Mihaila (703) 292-8235   
Soo-Siang  Lim (703) 292-7878   


Solicitation  21-511

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.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    January 4, 2021

        FY 2021 Competition


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 research challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts.  The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to cooperatively identify and coordinate efforts to address knowledge gaps and research needs.

This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of international networks of networks in research areas aligned with a grand challenge identified as a priority by the research community or NSF, such as the NSF Big Ideas or in an active program solicitation.  AccelNet awards 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 networks and provide professional development for U.S. students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers. Two proposal categories covered by this solicitation include: Design and Implementation. 

It is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact the AccelNet Program Officer(s) to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed activities are appropriate for this solicitation.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program