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April 23, 2024 | Tom Ballard

National Science Foundation expands NSF Convergence Accelerator

Tennessee is part of the Central Region that also includes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky.

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the expansion of the NSF Convergence Accelerator to 10 regions to enhance national and regional competitiveness in research, innovation, and workforce development.

These 10 regional Convergence Accelerators will promote convergence research and innovation by connecting researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders from various domains and sectors across each region to expand the innovation ecosystem and address pressing societal and economic challenges within their regions while supporting the NSF Convergence Accelerator’s vision, mission and priorities.

“In 2019, NSF established the NSF Convergence Accelerator to advance critical technologies and solutions addressing complex national-scale societal and economic challenges,” said Erwin Gianchandani, NSF Assistant Director for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP). “Over the last four years, the NSF Convergence Accelerator has demonstrated how to integrate a multidisciplinary approach with innovation processes to accelerate research to tangible, impactful solutions for the American people. The expansion of the NSF Convergence Accelerator will allow NSF to more fully harness the geography of innovation by increasing the concentration, proximity and diversity of NSF-funded researchers and practitioners, and by scaling the delivery of use-inspired solutions to benefit every part of the country.”

According to the news release, Tennessee falls in the Central Region which also includes Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky. It is one of three regions that fall in the third of three stages, and expansion activities are expected to begin in the summer of 2026.

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