NSF Convergence Accelerator Pilot Phase II

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Funding Opportunity ID: 325273
Opportunity Number: 20-555
Opportunity Title: NSF Convergence Accelerator Pilot Phase II
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 47.083
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: *Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: – This solicitation is limited to proposers who received a Phase I Award under NSF 19-050 and wish to advance to Phase II. Theorganization that received the Pilot Phase I award does not have to be the proposing (lead) organization for thePilot Phase II proposal, but must have been part of the Phase I team. Any change of proposing organization from Phase Ishould be explained in the proposal. Only one proposal may be submitted per Phase I award. Full proposals MUST include multiple types of organizations, including IHEs, non-profit, for-profit, state or local government, and/or federal government entities as partners or they will be returned without review. From among the Phase I grantee teams, the categories of proposers eligible to submit proposals to the National Science Foundation are identified in theNSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG), Chapter I.E. *Who May Serve as PI: The PI and any Co-PIs must hold an appointment at an organization that is eligible to submit as described under "Who May Submit Proposals."At least onePI orCo-PI from a Pilot Phase I award must be included as a PI or Co-PI ona Pilot Phase II proposal. The same individual who served as PI for thePilot Phase I awarddoes not have to be PI for the Pilot Phase II proposal. Any change of PI and Co-PI should be fully explained in the proposal.
Agency Code: NSF
Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Posted Date: Mar 10, 2020
Close Date: May 11, 2020
Last Updated Date: Mar 10, 2020
Award Ceiling: $0
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $30,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The goals of NSF’s convergence accelerator effort are to support and accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance within particular topics (tracks). Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) NSF 19-050 invited proposals for the NSF Convergence Accelerator Pilot (NSF C-Accel). Track A1 of this pilot, Open Knowledge Network, relates to the Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR) Big Idea. Track B1, AI and Future Jobs, and track B2, National Talent Ecosystem, relate to the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier (FW-HTF) Big Idea. This solicitation is limited to grantees who received a Phase I Award under NSFDCL 19-050 and wish to advance to Phase II. The NSF Convergence Accelerator supports fundamental research that leads to rapid advances that can deliver useful results to society. Teams are expected to include personnel with the appropriate mix of disciplinary expertise needed to execute their proposed Phase II research and development plan. The team should also include appropriate stakeholders (e.g., industry, Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), non-profits, government entities, and others), each with a specific role(s) in facilitating the transition of research outputs into practical uses. The proposers should outline a two-year research and development plan in which research transitions to practice. Successful proposals will be funded initially for one year. Each team’s progress will be assessed during the year through approximately six virtual and in-person meetings with NSF program staff. The overall progress will be evaluated at the end of one year, based on a report and presentation that the team will make to a panel of reviewers. Teams that show significant progress during the first year, in accordance with the agreed timetable of milestones and deliverables, will receive funding for a second year. Interested teams may request up to $3,000,000 for the first year and up to $5,000,000 in total for the two-year project.Teams should plan on completing the effort within two years; no-cost extensions will be authorized only in extraordinary circumstances.
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