NSF Convergence Accelerator Features Two Research Tracks

Posted on: March 31, 2021   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates
NSF Convergence Accelerator

The National Science Foundation’s Convergence Accelerator is speeding research and discovery into practice by announcing a new funding opportunity, NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase I and II for the 2021 Cohort, featuring two research track topics — the “Networked Blue Economy” and “Trust & Authenticity in Communication Systems.”

Although different, both tracks require funded teams to accelerate ideas into solutions and at a rapid pace. During phase one, a nine-month planning effort, selected teams are to participate in the program’s innovation curriculum designed to strengthen each team’s convergence approach and to further develop the solution concept toward phase two.

Solicitation Details

Who can Apply:
Submitters from academia, industry, government, non-profit, and other organizations are encouraged to submit a Letter of Intent (required) and full proposal.

Funding Opportunity:

Solicitation Key Dates:

  • Letter of Intent: May 5, 2021 (required)
  • Full Proposal: June 14, 2021


Join the NSF Convergence Accelerator webinar on April 8, April 14 or April 20 to learn about the program and specifically the current solicitation opportunity. During the webinar, participants will learn about the program’s model and fundamentals, including the program’s phased approach and innovation processes used to accelerate basic research into practice; and the solicitation opportunity to include the research track focuses, required Convergence Accelerator fundamentals, and important submission information.

The goal of this webinar is to bring awareness of this exciting opportunity to accelerate previously research and discovery to have a positive impact on societal challenges.

Academic Submitters

  • April 8 (Thursday)
    1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. CT
  • April 20 (Tuesday)
    1:30 – 3 p.m. CT

Industry/Non-Profit/Other Submitters

  • April 14 (Wednesday)
    1:30 – 3 p.m. CT

Registration Information:
To register for an informational webinar, visit