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Photo of man and woman working together is a tech lab with caption that reads: Jump-starting the Quantum Revolution NSF's strategic investments in foundational R&D have jump-started the quantum revolution. NSF-funded researchers are laying the groundwork for quantum technologies by developing new materials and components. Efforts to develop a viable quantum computer could advance multiple fields including AI, personalized drug development and weather forecasting.
Jump-starting the Quantum Revolution NSF's strategic investments in foundational R&D have jump started the quantum revolution. NSF-funded researchers are laying the groundwork for quantum technologies by developing new materials and components. Efforts to develop a viable quantum computer could advance multiple fields including AI, personalized drug development and weather forecasting. Credit: David Awschalom, University of Chicago

Strategic Goal 3 — Impact:
Benefit society by translating knowledge into solutions.

NSF has since its creation in 1950, impacted society not only in the U.S. but also around the world. From groundbreaking discoveries used for medicine and gene therapies to cybersecurity research that protects individuals, corporations and governments alike, NSF has been at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological advancements improving society for this generation and the next.

Curiosity-driven, discovery-based explorations and use-inspired, solutions-focused innovations are part of NSF's DNA. The scientific pursuit of knowledge and understanding is part of the development of new technological capabilities. And in turn, those new capabilities allow us to pursue new research questions that were either unseen or out of our reach.

For the past 70 years, NSF has made transformative impacts possible through strategic, long-term commitments to advancing the entire spectrum of research, and through partnerships to catalyze new ideas, new discoveries and new technologies.

Decades of investment have positioned the U.S. as the world leader in curiosity-driven research and resulted in breakthroughs in emerging fields from renewable energy to quantum computing and AI. These discoveries have also resulted in translation of research and innovations that have changed the world — from smartphones to 3D printing and much more.

To accelerate translation of knowledge to innovation outcomes requires looking at all the components that make it possible — partnerships, infrastructure, and most importantly, people. NSF advances scientific careers by providing the support needed for researchers to explore bold ideas. For example, NSF has a multitude of programs, fellowships and career awards to strengthen pathways into STEM fields, increase diversity and expand our reach into all communities where talent exists.

By engaging stakeholders outside the research community, research questions whose answers will have a meaningful societal impact can be more readily identified. Such research is strengthened by the active involvement of stakeholders in shaping and facilitating the research, as well as in evaluating intermediate results.

Strategic Objective 3.1 — Deliver benefits from research
Advance research and accelerate innovation that addresses societal challenges.

Strategic Objective 3.2 — Lead globally
Cultivate a global S&E community based on shared values and strategic cooperation.



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