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NSF opportunities for growing convergence research

April 18, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation.

Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF (NSF 17-065) describes an initial set of opportunities to explore convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:

  • Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
  • Navigating the New Arctic
  • The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution
  • Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future

The Dear Colleague Letter describes the variety of funding available, and it provides instructions and contacts.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2018, its budget is $7.8 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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