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Funding Opportunities pursuant to the Big Ideas


February 8, 2019

In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) unveiled a set of “Big Ideas,” 10 bold, long-term research and process ideas that identify areas for future investment at the frontiers of science and engineering (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp). The Big Ideas represent unique opportunities to position our Nation at the cutting edge of global science and engineering leadership by bringing together diverse disciplinary perspectives to support convergence research.

Since 2017, NSF has been building a foundation for the Big Ideas through pioneering research and pilot activities.  In 2019, NSF will invest $30 million in each Big Idea and continue to identify and support emerging opportunities for U.S. leadership in the Big Ideas that serve the Nation’s future.

The list below reflects the current Funding Opportunities pursuant to the Big Ideas.

 

Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier

 

 

Growing Convergence Research

 

 

Harnessing the Data Revolution

 

 

Mid-Scale Research Infrastructure

 

 

Navigating the New Artic

 

 

NSF 2026

 

 

NSF INCLUDES

 

 

Quantum Leap

 

 

Understanding the Rules of Life

 

 

Windows on the Universe

 

The U.S. National Science Foundation propels the nation forward by advancing fundamental research in all fields of science and engineering. NSF supports research and people by providing facilities, instruments and funding to support their ingenuity and sustain the U.S. as a global leader in research and innovation. With a fiscal year 2020 budget of $8.3 billion, NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 40,000 competitive proposals and makes about 11,000 new awards. Those awards include support for cooperative research with industry, Arctic and Antarctic research and operations, and U.S. participation in international scientific efforts.

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