Engaging NSF's research community in the pursuit of fundamental research in data science and engineering, the development of a cohesive, federated, national-scale approach to research data infrastructure, and the development of a 21st-century data-capable workforce. Read more.
Understanding how constantly evolving technologies are actively shaping the lives of workers and how people in turn can shape those technologies, especially in the world of work. Read more.
Establishing an observing network of mobile and fixed platforms and tools across the Arctic to document and understand the Arctic's rapid biological, physical, chemical, and social changes. Current Arctic observations are sparse and inadequate for enabling discovery or simulation of the processes underlying Arctic system change or to assess their environmental and economic impacts on the broader Earth system. Read more.
Using powerful new syntheses of observational approaches to provide unique insights into the nature and behavior of matter and energy and help to answer some of the most profound questions before humankind. Read more.
Exploiting quantum mechanics to observe, manipulate, and control the behavior of particles and energy at atomic and subatomic scales, resulting in next-generation technologies for sensing, computing, modeling, and communicating. Read more.
Elucidating the sets of rules that predict an organism's observable characteristics, its phenotype. Read more.
Developing an agile process for funding experimental research capabilities in the mid-scale range. The National Science Foundation's science and engineering activities rely increasingly on infrastructure that is diverse in space, cost and implementation time -- everything from major observatories to nationwide sensor networks to smaller experiments. There are many important potential experiments and facilities that fall between these; this gap results in missed opportunities that leave essential science undone. Read more.
Investing in bold foundational research questions that are large in scope, innovative in character, originate outside of any particular directorate, and require a long-term commitment. This Big Idea is framed around the year 2026 in order to tie into the Nation's 250th anniversary ("sestercentennial"). Read more.
Framing challenging research questions at inception, and fostering the collaborations needed for successful inquiry. Read more.
Transforming education and career pathways to help broaden participation in science and engineering.