NSF Initiatives

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.

Convergence Accelerator

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.

Innovations in Graduate Education

The IGE program seeks to pilot, test, and validate transformative, innovative approaches to graduate STEM education and career preparation, as well as encourage the broader adoption of these approaches in the STEM community. 

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.