The NSF Convergence Accelerator aims to accelerate use-inspired convergence research in areas of national importance to address societal challenges, and to initiate convergence team-building capacity around exploratory, potentially high-risk proposals addressing selected convergent research topics.
CSIRO is sponsoring one Australian team for Track I of NSF's 2022/2023 solicitation. The objective of the NSF Convergence Accelerator's Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges will be to converge advances in fundamental materials science with materials design and manufacturing methods in an effort to couple their end-use and full life-cycle considerations for environmentally and economically sustainable materials and products.
- Letter of intent (required) 31 May 2022 at 5pm AEST
- Full proposal deadline: 20 July, 2022 US at 5pm AEST
CSIRO is fostering US-Australian collaboration for Track I of the Convergence Accelerator to increase convergence research across materials discovery, development, and production sectors to address challenges in the manufacture, reuse and recycling of critical minerals and products and to develop new, innovative, sustainable materials and manufacturing processes.
Track I: Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges
For this track only, Australian applicants who are part of NSF-awarded teams may be eligible for funding from CSIRO. The following information is excerpted from NSF’s full Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) . Please refer to the full BAA for information about all the tracks that are included in this BAA.
CSIRO is providing sponsorship for the participation of one Australian team, either as Principal Investigator or as a team member, in Track I. The Principal Investigator may be an Australian entity.
For Track I only: Australian participants have the potential to access up to $255,000 AUD through CSIRO’s funding with an opportunity to see a total of $750,000 USD budget in total for Phase 1 proposals.
All proposals that include Australian entities that wish to be eligible for CSIRO funding, whether as Principal Investigators or as partners in a US-based team, are required to complete a pre-submission review to confirm fit to CSIRO Eligibility Criteria as part of the Letter of Intent.
Letter of intent for Track I projects
The letter of intent for Track I projects that include Australian participants must be simultaneously submitted to NSF (as instructed in the BAA) and to CSIRO via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If an Australian participant expected to be funded by CSIRO is selected, the Australian awardee will be required to, subsequently to being selected, send a breakout budget for the Australian awardee to CSIRO.
In the event a proposal with an Australian participant is selected by NSF for funding, the Australian participant will submit the proposal to CSIRO so that CSIRO can proceed with the funding of the Australian portion of the award. CSIRO funding of Australian teams is subject to CSIRO approval of the IP Management Plan.
(Please note, Australian applicants are encouraged to apply for any of the tracks available in the BAA. However, CSIRO funding will be available only in Track I.)
Watch the NSF-hosted informational webinar held May 5, 2022:
CSIRO hosted informational webcast held 11 May, 2022:
For more information on the full solicitation, including research background, partnerships and tasks and deliverables visit the NSF webpage
Information about Track I
Sustainable Materials for Global Challenges, please refer to full BAA.