Learn about NSF's cross-cutting Initiatives.
Broadening Participation in STEM
NSF’s Broadening Participation portfolio focuses on improving accessibility and enhancing demographic, geographic and institutional diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Launched in 2019, the NSF Convergence Accelerator builds upon basic research and discovery to accelerate solutions toward societal impact.
Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research
NSF's EPSCoR program enhances research competitiveness of targeted jurisdictions (states, territories, and a commonwealth) by strengthening STEM capacity and capability through a diverse portfolio of investments from talent development to local infrastructure.
NSF's Innovation Corps (I-Corps™)
The I-Corps program expands the nation's innovation ecosystem through experiential entrepreneurial education and connects the technological, entrepreneurial and business communities accelerating discoveries from the lab to the marketplace.
NSF Research Traineeship Program
By transforming the STEM graduate education experience — blending interdisciplinary and convergence research training with comprehensive, inclusive professional development — the NRT program prepares future scientists to make discoveries of national and global significance.
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
The PFI program offers NSF-funded academic and non-profit researchers the opportunity to increase the impact of their discoveries. Researchers will develop and implement a technology roadmap, form a business model and develop their technology into a prototype or proof of concept.
Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines
NSF Engines catalyzes robust partnerships to positively impact the economy within a geographic region, address societal challenges, and advance national competitiveness.