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Brains and Beakers

In "Brains and Beakers," scientists share mind-blowing inventions and discoveries and the methodologies behind them with students from Youth Radio's Peabody Award-winning media education program.

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Behind the scenes in Antarctica with the National Science Foundation and Disneynature Penguins

It is no easy task to film thousands of penguins in their natural habitat on a remote Antarctic coastline -- but it was made possible with the support of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program.

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The 2002 PIRE competition is excepting Letter of Intents (Due by 5 PM submitters local time) February 8, 2022 and excepting full proposals (Due by 5 PM submitters local time) March 25, 2002

A full list of the 2019 - 2021 AccelNet awards can be found on the NSF Awards Search.

Click here to access AccelNet NSF 21-511 2022 Competition Webinar PowerPoint Presentation.

NSF Public Affairs Published
September 11, 2020

Large-scale research networks that connect U.S. researchers with partners in other nations will be key for tackling grand scientific challenges and pushing the frontiers of science in ways that are impossible for typical lab-to-lab collaborations. To meet this need, the U.S. National Science Foundation is supporting the creation of 10 new "networks of networks" that will address knowledge gaps in urgent and emerging research areas.

For more details about this announcement, please access


Today’s scientific enterprise is highly collaborative, networked, and international.  The Office of International Science and Engineering of the National Science Foundation (NSF/OISE) fosters innovative international research and education collaborations that catalyze discovery and prepare the STEM workforce for the benefit of society. 

As a first step in engaging diverse research communities, NSF/OISE invited individuals and groups of U.S. researchers to contribute white papers providing input on topics in science, engineering, and/or STEM education that are ripe for international network-to-network collaboration and hold the potential to accelerate discovery and advance research outcomes.  We asked:

  1. What current or emerging research areas would benefit from increased cooperation between networks of researchers in the U.S. and networks in one or more countries outside the U.S.?
  2. What is the value added of international network-to-network collaboration for the U.S. research community in the research area(s)?
  3. What other relevant aspects should NSF consider to strengthen international research networks in the research area(s)?
  4. List up to three terms that represent keywords of your submission.

The community response was robust.  We received 70 substantive white papers that fully addressed the questions posted. We examined these white papers to gain a view of the diversity of research fields and geographic areas represented in the white papers as well as the range of maturity of networks included.  Keywords Submitted with the White Papers were reviewed.  Based on these author-provided keywords, we drew the following high-level insights:

  • Research communities across the spectrum of fields NSF supports recognize the value of strategic international collaboration and are seeking mechanisms to engage their international counterparts.
  • Single-discipline as well as multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary research topics were noted as presenting opportunities for catalytic advancement of discovery.
  • Though variable by field, U.S. researchers are interested in international collaboration across the globe.
  • Regardless of specific research field, there are cross-cutting considerations in establishing or maintaining international networks of networks.  These include on the technical side, the collaborative use of facilities and infrastructure as well as data access and interoperability across boundaries and borders. Education and training of the U.S. STEM workforce has a central role in the activities, and there is interest in public participation in international networks of networks.

We also assembled a subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on International Science and Engineering to gain additional expert community input on network-to-network collaboration, international and interdisciplinary science, and the science of team science. The resulting Subcommittee report, Input on Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaboration (May 2018), provides advice to OISE on key considerations related to the both the research substance and operation international networks of networks.  This report will be available soon.

For more information, you can:

  1. Review the original Dear Colleague Letter, released September 2017.
  2. Review the Power Presentation for original DCL Webinar in fall 2017.
  3. Stay tuned to OISE Website for updates.


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