NSF seeks ideas and conference proposals for future Convergence Accelerator topics

March 25, 2020

The objectives of the NSF Convergence Accelerator are to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance, and to initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals addressing selected topics (tracks).

NSF is seeking input from global industry, institutions of higher education, non-profits, government entities, and other interested parties on potential NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks for FY 2021. 

NSF is soliciting:

(1) ideas in use-inspired research for NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks for FY 2021 that build upon prior foundational research in the Industries of the Future, NSF’s Big Ideas or other areas of research related to areas of national importance; and

(2) conference proposals to develop and refine those ideas to develop the technical content that will be used in a future solicitation. 

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator and Call for Future Topics Conference Proposals (NSF 20-061).


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