The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released a request for information (RFI) on future topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator. The Convergence Accelerator is a capability within NSF to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance via partnerships between academic and non-academic stakeholders. The Convergence Accelerator is entering its third funding cycle and has previously featured tracks related to NSF’s Industries of the Future (IotF) initiative and Big Ideas related to Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF), Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR), Quantum Leap (QL). The RFI is seeking ideas for new topics that build upon use-inspired foundational research aligned to IotF, NSF’s Big Ideas, or other research in areas of national importance. However, topics selected for previous Convergence Accelerator program tracks are likely to be a low priority. NSF is seeking responses to this RFI by November 9, 2020. More information can be found in NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter. More information about the Convergence Accelerator can be found on the NSF’s website.
Separately, NSF’s Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate is seeking public input on identifying mid-scale infrastructure needs for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education research and will be holding a virtual listening session on October 30. More details including registration information are available in the event invitation.