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NSF encourages industry-university collaboration in geoscience research


July 15, 2021

NSF-funded Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) are public-private partnerships that catalyze breakthrough, cutting-edge, fundamental/pre-competitive research by enabling close and sustained engagement between industry, academic teams, and government agencies. 

The NSF Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is encouraging planning grant proposals for IUCRCs that will transform the results of research on Earth processes into concepts, tools, utilities, and research products of collective interest to entities in the private sector, government, and other interested parties. 

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Call for Ideas and Proposals for GEO-themed Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) (NSF 21-102).

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 2021 budget of $8.5 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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