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NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award

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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 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.

Program contacts

Alias Smith
alismith@nsf.gov (703) 292-8367 ENG/EFMA

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