Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)

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Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


The goals of the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) program are to accelerate the process of scientific discovery and prepare the next generation of U.S. researchers for multiteam international collaborations.  The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand research challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts.  The program seeks to foster high-impact science and engineering by providing opportunities to cooperatively identify and coordinate efforts to address knowledge gaps and research needs.

This solicitation invites proposals for the creation of international networks of networks in research areas aligned with a grand challenge identified as a priority by the research community or NSF, such as the NSF Big Ideas or in an active program solicitation.  AccelNet awards support the connections among research networks, rather than supporting fundamental research as the primary activity.  Each network of networks is expected to engage in innovative collaborative activities that promote synergy of efforts across networks and provide professional development for U.S. students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers. Two proposal categories covered by this solicitation include: Design and Implementation. 

It is strongly recommended that prospective PIs contact the AccelNet Program Officer(s) to ascertain that the focus and budget of their proposed activities are appropriate for this solicitation.

Program contacts

Karen R. Lips (703) 292-5133 OD/OISE
Kara C. Hoover (703) 292-2235 OD/OISE
Paul Raterron (703) 292-8710 OD/OISE
Bruce K. Hamilton (703) 292-8320 ENG/CBET
Ralph F. Wachter (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS
Soo-Siang Lim (703) 292-7878 SBE/BCS
Mangala Sharma (703) 292-4773 GEO/AGS
Bogdan Mihaila (703) 292-8235 MPS/PHY
Khershed P. Cooper (703) 292-7017 ENG/CMMI
Robyn Smyth (703) 292-2996 BIO/DEB

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