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Oct 9 -- Request for Information on FY2022 Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator
The purpose of this RFI is to seek input from industry, institutions of higher education (IHEs), non-profits, government entities, and other interested parties on potential NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks for FY 2022. The objectives of the NSF Convergence Accelerator are to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance and to initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals addressing selected track topics. The teams are multidisciplinary and include cross-cutting partnerships between academia, industry, government, non-profit, and other sectors to capture a wide variety of knowledge to stimulate innovation and discovery.

Potential topics for the FY 2022 NSF Convergence Accelerator program must have the potential for significant national-scale societal impact. Topic ideas may also relate to Industries of the Future (IotF) and/or NSF's Big Ideas. Ideas submitted in response to this RFI must be broad in scope to support and identify a set of challenges to complex problems that would be best addressed by multiple teams working together as a cohort.

This RFI does not invite research proposals. After receiving the RFI input, NSF plans to invite up to 12 submitters to engage with NSF for further discussions of their proposed topics. The NSF Convergence Accelerator team, in consultation with the NSF Convergence Accelerator Working Group, will then develop topics for the FY 2022 solicitation.  
Convergence Accelerator  https://www.nsf.gov/od/oia/convergence-accelerator/   
FY2022 RFI Dear Colleague Letter at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21012/nsf21012.jsp  
FY2022 Convergence Accelerator slide deck: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6ddy1l04bloydln/CA%20Webinar%20RFI%20%202022%202020-10-27_Final_Sharable.pdf?dl=0

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