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Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)

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Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The contemporary research landscape is a collaborative and international enterprise requiring high level coordination among multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural teams. As such, the Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations program (AccelNet) values cooperation over competition. Program goals are to 1) leverage prior NSF support for building research capacity towards activities that launch international research network of networks (NoN) that will lead to an accelerated advancement of an area of science after the award period and 2) recruit and foster a diverse and internationally competent US-based workforce trained in conducting and leading multi-team international collaboration. Any area funded by the National Science Foundation is eligible, particularly those addressing grand research challenges identified within research communities and/or by NSF.

Successful proposals will demonstrate that the proposed activities will: 1) accelerate scientific research at a rate that would not be possible without concerted international cooperation in research planning; 2) make NoN members more competitive for research awards following the period of award; 3) recruit and foster a US-based diverse and internationally competent workforce trained in conducting and leading multi-team international collaboration. Proposals must include detailed plans for collaborative networking activities that will result in a synergy of effort across the entire NoN.

The AccelNet Program has two tracks. The Design Track allows PIs to build on prior NSF research awards by providing time and resources for building capacity across teams to launch a synergistic international NoN. The Implementation Track allows PIs to build on prior research or networking awards, such as AccelNet Design or Research Coordination Networks (RCN) by providing time and resources to implement an international NoN. There are two phases to the Implementation Track. Phase 1 funding is for activities related exclusively to NoN activities and is open to all PIs, including but not limited to prior successful Design Track PIs. Phase 2 funding is for early concept research arising from Phase 1 activities and is only open to Phase 1 PIs who have identified a critical research gap during synergistic networking activities in the first 18-24 months of Phase 1 awards.

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Program contacts

For programmatic inquiries, please email the AccelNet Program Director(s) at accelnet@nsf.gov. If you are interested in talking to our Directorate partners, please contact Program Directors on our Coordinating Committee listed under contacts.

Kara C. Hoover
accelnet@nsf.gov (703) 292-2235 OD/OISE
Khershed P. Cooper
khcooper@nsf.gov (703) 292-7017 ENG/CMMI
Daniel Denecke
ddenecke@nsf.gov (703) 292-8072 EDU/DGE
Kwabena Gyimah-Brempong
kgyimahb@nsf.gov (703) 292-7466 SBE/SES
Bruce K. Hamilton
bhamilto@nsf.gov (703) 292-8320 ENG/CBET
Bogdan Mihaila
bmihaila@nsf.gov (703) 292-8235 MPS/PHY
Mangala Sharma
msharma@nsf.gov (703) 292-4773 GEO/AGS
Robyn Smyth
rsmyth@nsf.gov (703) 292-2996 BIO/DEB
Ralph F. Wachter
rwachter@nsf.gov (703) 292-8950 CISE/CNS

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