National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF, Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

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National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF, Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

Edillon, Terri

National Science Foundation Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF, Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)


NNA Workshop proposal deadline: May 15, 2017


NNA RCN proposal deadline: June 1, 2017


Dear Colleague:

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. NSF seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation. This Dear Colleague Letter describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:

  • Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
  • Navigating the New Arctic
  • The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution
  • Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future

Another Big Idea, Understanding the Rules of Life: Predicting Phenotype, is actively promoting Convergence research through other mechanisms.

Navigating the New Arctic (NNA)

NSF challenges the research community to join together the diverse perspectives of physical, biological, and social and behavioral sciences with computer science, engineering, and education to define the key challenges and research imperatives facing humans and the environment in the Arctic region. NSF is seeking to encourage proposals for Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) and workshops to identify Convergence research topics relevant to social, environmental, economic, or security issues of the Arctic while advancing understanding of our planet. In addition, NSF seeks activities to advance observational capabilities directly linked to broad research questions, including improved capabilities in robust sensing and data collection technology, data analysis, and computational science. Observational platforms that involve partnerships between private and public research infrastructure based in the United States and internationally are of particular interest. Proposals that link the relevant research disciplines with the needs of northern communities (indigenous and non-indigenous), which may benefit from their explicit engagement in, and co-leadership of, the research enterprise, are particularly encouraged. RCNs and workshops are also expected, as a collateral benefit, to prepare the research community to respond more rapidly and with a Convergence focus to potential future Navigating the New Arctic funding opportunities.

NNA proposals submitted in response to this DCL must be submitted to the Arctic System Science Program and include the prefix "Convergence NNA:" in front of the title. NNA Workshop awards will provide up to one year of support for projects that do not exceed $100,000 in total. For full consideration, NNA Workshop proposals should be received by May 15, 2017. NNA RCN awards will provide four to five years of support for projects with total budgets that do not exceed $500,000. For full consideration, NNA RCN proposals should be received by June 1, 2017.

For additional information, please see the full Dear Colleague Letter at the National Science Foundation website.



T E R R I  E D I L L O N

Communications Specialist

NSF Office of Polar Programs

Office: 703.292.7521 | Mobile: 703.398.2201



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