International Networks Tackle Grand Scientific Challenges, with NSF Support

September 24, 2020

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.

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