NSF held an informational webinar on January 26, 2023, to discuss the Addressing Systems Challenges through Engineering Teams (ASCENT) solicitation (NSF 23-541) and answer questions. Watch the webinar recording above and see the webinar slides.The ASCENT program is a strategic investment of the NSF Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS) that emphasizes new collaboration modalities among the various ECCS supported sub-disciplines.
ASCENT seeks proposals that are bold and ground-breaking transcending the perspectives and approaches typical of disciplinary research efforts. ASCENT projects are expected to lead to disruptive technologies or nucleate entirely new research fields to address some of the most pressing societal challenges the global community faces.
ASCENT solicitation 23-541 focuses on the national priority of climate change mitigation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions towards a carbon-free clean electricity sector. The most cost-effective way to reduce energy use and cut emissions is by improving the electricity sector's overall efficiency, which will assist in combating climate change and enhancing energy security. To address these national priorities, this ASCENT solicitation seeks proposals under the following two thematic areas:
- Integrated Electronic Systems enabled by Wide-bandgap (WBG) and Ultrawide-bandgap (UWBG) Semiconductors for Climate Change Mitigation
- Integrated Power Systems for Clean Energy