Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research  (FW-HTF) NSF Wide Programs


FW-HTF RESOURCES

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CONTACTS
Name Email Phone Room
Balakrishnan (Prabha)  Prabhakaran fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-4847   
Tara  Behrend fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8053   
Jordan  Berg fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-5365   
David  Corman fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8754   
Dan  Cosley fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8832   
Ruyan  Guo fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8339   
Michael  Hout fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-2163   
Andruid  Kerne fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8574   
Sara  Kiesler fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8643   
Alexandra  Medina-Borja fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-7557   
Linda  Molnar fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8316   
Robert  Scheidt fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-2477   
Chia  Shen fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-8447   
Li  Yang fwhtf-contacts@nsf.gov (703) 292-2677   


PROGRAM GUIDELINES

Solicitation  21-548

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.


DUE DATES

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    March 23, 2021


SYNOPSIS

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research. As such, when responding to this solicitation, even though proposals must be submitted to the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) Office of Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (ENG/EFMA), once received, the proposals will be managed by a cross-disciplinary team of NSF Program Directors.

The overarching vision of this program is to support multi-disciplinary research to sustain economic competitiveness, to promote worker well-being, lifelong and pervasive learning, and quality of life, and to illuminate the emerging social and economic context and drivers of innovations that are shaping the future of jobs and work.

For the purposes of this solicitation, work is defined as mental or physical activity to achieve tangible benefit such as income, profit, or community welfare. A proposal for a research grant in this program must focus on advancing fundamental understanding of future work and work outcomes for workers and society.

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are to (1) facilitate multi-disciplinary or convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of behavioral science, computer science, design, economics, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences; (2) support deeper understanding of the societal infrastructure that accompanies and leads to new work technologies and new approaches to work and jobs, and that prepares people for the future world of work; (3) encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and inclusive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, educational, and environmental systems at different scales; (4) promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad and diverse workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and (5) understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks including inequity arising from future work at the human-technology frontier.

Proposals to this program should describe multi-disciplinary or convergent research that addresses technological, human, and societal dimensions of future work. Technological innovations should be integrated with advances in behavioral science, computer science, economic science, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences. Proposals that address the impact of large-scale disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic on the future of jobs and work are also of interest.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program

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