NSF Growing Convergence Research (GCR) Solicitation - Proposals Due 2/3/20!

December 18, 2019
NSF Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
Full proposals due February 3, 2020


Growing Convergence Research (GCR) is a new NSF-wide program, with a full proposal deadline of February 3, 2020 (and the first Monday in February, annually thereafter). Additional information, including the program manager’s contact information and previous awards made by this program, can be found at the GCR program page.

About the program:
What is convergence research?
A distinct characteristic of convergence research, in contrast to other forms of multidisciplinary research, is that from the inception, the convergence paradigm intentionally brings together intellectually diverse researchers and stakeholders to frame the research questions, develop effective ways of communicating across disciplines and sectors, adopt common frameworks for their solution, and, when appropriate, develop a new scientific vocabulary. Research teams practicing convergence aim at developing sustainable relationships that may not only create solutions to the problem that engendered the collaboration, but also develop novel ways of framing related research questions and open new research vistas

What sort of teams are suitable for this solicitation?
This GCR solicitation targets multi-disciplinary team research that crosses directorate or division boundaries and is currently not supported by NSF programs, initiatives and research-focused Big Ideas. Proposers must make a convincing case that the research to be conducted is within NSF’s purview and cannot be supported by existing NSF programs and multidisciplinary initiatives.

What type of project is suitable for this solicitation?
The proposers should outline a five-year research plan delineated in two phases, Phase I: years 1-2, and Phase II: years 3-5. Successful proposals will be funded initially for two years and then each team’s progress will be evaluated based on a report and presentation that the team will make to a panel of reviewers at NSF. Teams that show significant progress during the first two years will receive funding for an additional three years. Interested researchers may request up to $1,200,000 total for the first two years and $2,400,000 for the last three years.

Are there limits on how may proposals a PI may participate in?
A PI or a co-PI may participate in only one proposal in response to this solicitation. They may not participate in any role in any other proposal. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first compliant proposal received will be accepted and the others will be returned without review). No exceptions will be made.

Deadline: February 3, 2020 (and the first Monday in February, annually thereafter)

Please contact Mark Milutinovich with any questions.