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06/14/21 5:00 PM Submitter's local time
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Convergence Research is a critical mechanism for solving many vexing research problems, especially those stemming from complex societal and/or scientific challenges. In this NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and Phase II solicitation for FY 2021, NSF seeks to support and facilitate research that advances ideas from concept to deliverables in two overall convergence research topics (tracks).
The FY 2021 NSF Convergence Accelerator consists of two tracks as follows:
The NSF Convergence Accelerator seeks to support use-inspired research and enable the accelerated transition of that research into benefits for society through a two-phase process. Phase I awards are grants for planning and preliminary prototyping of projects that leverage basic research investments. Phase II awards are cooperative agreements for projects that build upon the Phase I efforts, leading to rapid research advances to deliver useful results and impactful solutions to society.
Successful NSF Convergence Accelerator proposals are expected to have four important characteristics: 1) convergence research approach; 2) strong, multi-organization partnerships involving researchers, users, and other stakeholders; 3) high probability of successful deliverables within a 24 month period that will ultimately benefit society, and 4) strong alignment with the track goals as described in this solicitation.
GrantWatch ID#: 195080
Estimated Number of Awards: 30 to 38; 25-30 Phase I Awards made as standard grants and 5-8 Phase II Awards made as cooperative agreements.
Anticipated funding is $22,000,000, pending availability of funds, to support Phase I awards in FY 2021. Proposers may request up to $750,000 for Phase I.
Phase II awards depend on the availability of funds and the number of Phase II awards. Phase II proposals may request up to $3,000,000 for year 1 and up to $5,000,000 in total for the 24 month Phase II project.
Phase I awards may receive funding for 12 months duration, of which nine months includes intense hands-on activities, centering around the Program’s innovation curriculum (for additional details regarding the innovation curriculum refer to section V.A.), and three months of other activities such as participation in the NSF Convergence Accelerator Pitch Presentations and Expo.
Phase II awards may be for 24 months. Phase II proposals must clearly describe deliverables that will be produced within 24 months. Successful Phase II proposals will be funded initially for 12 months, with a second year being provided on the basis of an assessment of performance.
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