The NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award (TRAILBLAZER) program supports individual engineers and scientists who propose novel research projects with the potential to innovatively and creatively address major societal challenges, advance US leadership, and catalyze the convergence of engineering and science domains. The TRAILBLAZER program emphasizes the qualities of the investigator that illustrate they can conceive of and support transformative research projects and make major contributions toward solving significant research problems. TRAILBLAZER will support engineers and scientists with excellent records of innovation and creativity with successful outcomes to pursue new research directions.
All funded TRAILBLAZER projects will form an NSF TRAILBLAZER cohort and investigators will be required to attend an annual PI meeting and may be invited to other activities.
INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR: The Emerging Frontiers and Multidisciplinary Activities (EFMA) Office will host an informational webinar in October 2023 to discuss the TRAILBLAZER program and answer questions about the FY 2024 solicitation. Details on how to join this webinar will be posted on the Directorate for Engineering and EFMA Websites.