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January 17, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Initiative launched to create technologies that promote the public’s well-being and mitigate potential harms

The two-phase Responsible Design, Development and Deployment of Technologies program is the latest offering from the National Science Foundation.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new $16 million program in collaboration with five philanthropic partners that seeks to ensure ethical, legal, community, and societal considerations are embedded in the lifecycle of technology’s creation and use. The Responsible Design, Development and Deployment of Technologies (ReDDDoT) program aims to help create technologies that promote the public’s well-being and mitigate potential harms.

“The design, development, and deployment of technologies have broad impacts on society,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “As discoveries and innovations are translated to practice, it is essential that we engage and enable diverse communities to participate in this work. NSF and its philanthropic partners share a strong commitment to creating a comprehensive approach for co-design through soliciting community input, incorporating community values, and engaging a broad array of academic and professional voices across the lifecycle of technology creation and use.”

NSF has scheduled a virtual briefing on the program from 2 to 3 p.m. EST on February 9. To register, click here.

The agency expects to make awards in two cycles. During Phase 1, NSF will fund an estimated 10 to 12 planning grants (up to $300,000 each for no more than two years), two Translational Research Coordination Networks (up to $500,000 each for three to four years), and eight to 10 workshops (up to $75,000 each). Phase 2 will fund an estimated eight to 12 project proposals ($750,000-$1,500,000 each for three years). Deadline to apply for Phase 1 awards is April 8, and the deadline for Phase 2 applications is two weeks later.

The ReDDDoT program invites proposals from multidisciplinary, multi-sector teams that examine and demonstrate the principles, methodologies and impacts associated with responsible design, development, and deployment of technologies, especially those specified in the ”CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.” In addition to NSF, the program is funded and supported by the Ford Foundation, the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Pivotal Ventures, Siegel Family Endowment, and the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation.

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