Funded Future Topic Selection Workshops
Convergence Accelerator research topics begin as an ideation process—gathering input, through a Dear Colleague Letter on future topics conference proposals, from industry, academic institutions, non-profits, government, and other interested parties. Identified topics must meet a societal need at scale, be built upon foundational research, and be suitable for a multidisciplinary, convergence research approach.
2021 Workshops for the 2022 Topics
The Convergence Accelerator has selected 12 topics to further be developed through workshops. Topic submissions were gathered from the Dear Colleague Letter/Request for Information, DCL/RFI NSF-21-012 and RFI on SAM.gov NSFOA2021-1, focused on gathering convergence research topics for FY2022.
2020 Workshop Reports for 2021 Topics
The Convergence Accelerator funded 12 topics to be further developed through workshops. Topic submissions were gathered from the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF-20-061, focused on gathering convergence research topics for FY 2021. Reports were provided to NSF at the conclusion of each workshop to assist the Convergence Accelerator program in determining the topics for the 2021 cohort. Of the 12 workshop topics, two were chosen for the 2021 cohort, creating the Networked Blue Economy and Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems tracks.
NSF's Convergence Accelerator program overview video, July 2021
NSF's Convergence Accelerator program launch video, May 2019
Track A: Open Knowledge Networks phase 2 videos
Biomedical Open Knowledge Network
Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network
Track B: The Future of Work phase 2 videos
Skills-Based Talent Ecosystem Platform for Upskilling, STEP UP
Track C: Quantum Technology, phase 2 project videos
Track D: AI-Driven Innovation via Data and Model Sharing project videos
Computing the Biome
Convergence Accelerator Portfolio Resources
The 2021 Convergence Accelerator Portfolio Guide features NSF funded projects in the 2019 cohort and 2020 cohort. Track A: Open Knowledge Networks and Track B: The Future of Work projects are in phase 2. Track C: Quantum Technology and Track D: Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems projects are in phase 1.
The 2020 Convergence Accelerator Cohort Guide features the NSF funded projects in the 2019 cohort in phase 1. The convergent research track topics include Track A: Open Knowledge Networks and Track B: The Future of Work.
Informational webinar for the Convergence Accelerator's request for topics for FY22, Oct. 2020
An outreach webinar on Dear Colleague Letter NSF 21-012: Request for Information (RFI) on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator was held Oct. 27, 2020. Click to view the
Informational webinars for the 2021 cohort phase 1 and 2 funding opportunity, April 2021
NSF's Convergence Accelerator held informational webinars for participants to learn about the program and solicitation opportunity, NSF 21-072 and Broad Agency Announcement 2021 Solicitation, focusing on the research topics Track E: the Networked Blue Economy and Track F: Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems.
During the webinars, participants learned about the program’s model and fundamentals including the program’s phased approach, innovation processes to accelerate basic research into practice, and important solicitation details. To watch the webinar recordings, refer to the links below.
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- For industry, nonprofit and other submitters:
Informational webinars for the 2020 cohort phase 1 and 2 funding opportunity, April 2020
NSF's Convergence Accelerator held informational webinars for participants to learn about the program and solicitation opportunity, NSF 20-565 was held April 16, 2020. Click to view the webinar slides:
Convergence Accelerator Expo 2021
The U.S. National Science Foundation's Convergence Accelerator hosted Convergence Accelerator Expo 2021 on July 28–29, 2021.
This exciting event highlighted the Convergence Accelerator's portfolio in an exhibition format, like a big science fair. Attendees had the opportunity to see unique solutions across multiple convergence research track topics, all focused on addressing national-scale societal challenges.
During the event, attendees learned about the Convergence Accelerator Program; saw more than 35 live demos focused on solutions to national-scale societal challenges; and networked with other researchers, innovators, and business and technical practitioners.
FEATURED TRACK TOPICS
Track A: Open Knowledge Networks: Knowledge networks connect data to create new understandings. The Convergence Accelerator is funding the creation of nonproprietary infrastructure for building open knowledge networks.
Track B: Future of Work: Artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics are shifting the future of work. The Convergence Accelerator is funding solutions to train, reskill, upskill and prepare the workforce for the industry needs and jobs of the future — building a talent pipeline to stimulate the U.S. workforce.
Track C: Quantum Technology: Quantum technologies can improve the U.S. industrial base, create jobs, and provide significant progress toward economic and societal needs. The Convergence Accelerator is funding solutions for a diverse set of quantum applications.
Track D: AI-Driven Innovation via Data Sharing and Modeling: AI research and development requires access to high-quality datasets and environments and resources for testing and training. The Convergence Accelerator is funding solutions to address data and model-related challenges and data types.
Special Track: Future of Manufacturing EcoManufacturing Team: The EcoManufacturing team, funded by the NSF Directorate of Engineering, participated in the Convergence Accelerator's innovation curriculum to speed their research toward major science advances in sustainable manufacturing.