The National Science Foundation has released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) for its pilot NSF Convergence Accelerator (C-Accel) activity, which aims to fund approximately 50 Phase 1 projects at up to $1 million each, with proposals due in the spring of 2019 and projects to start no later than the fall. In 2020, Phase 1 projects will be eligible to apply for Phase 2 C-Accel support, for up to $5 million.
The NSF C-Accel pilot seeks to transform how NSF supports the most innovative science and engineering to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance by facilitating convergent team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals. The initiative reflects NSF’s commitment to be at the cutting edge, supporting fundamental research while encouraging rapid advances through partnerships between academic and non-academic stakeholders. It will begin with three convergence tracks that align with two of NSF’s 10 Big Idea themes: (1) Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st-Century Science and Engineering and (2) the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier.
These three tracks are:
- An Open Knowledge Network (as part of Harnessing the Data Revolution)
- AI and Future Jobs (as part of Future of Work)
- A National Talent Ecosystem (as part of Future of Work)
The DCL provides more detailed information about participating in the pilot Convergence Accelerator efforts. The first step in participation, submission of a Research Concept Outline, is due April 15, with full proposals due by June 3.
A webinar to answer questions about the submission process or about C-Accel broadly will be held on April 3 at 2 p.m. No registration required.
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