NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II
The NSF Convergence Accelerator program addresses national-scale societal challenges through use-inspired convergence research. Using a convergence approach and innovation processes like human-centered design, user discovery, and team science and integration of multidisciplinary research, the Convergence Accelerator program seeks to transition basic research and discovery into practice to solve high-impact societal challenges aligned with specific research themes (tracks). This solicitation for FY 2021 invites proposals for two tracks. The Networked Blue Economy track has an overarching goal interconnect the Blue Economy and accelerate convergence across ocean sectors. The Trust & Authenticity in Communications Systems track aims develop prototypes of novel research platforms forming integrated collections of tools, techniques, and educational materials and programs to support increased citizen trust in public information such as health, climate, and news.