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New NSF engineering research centers focus on health, transportation, quantum tech, agriculture

The U.S. National Science Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of four new engineering research centers. These new centers will focus on extending the viability of cells, tissues, organs and organisms; designing sustainable infrastructure for electrified vehicles; creating building blocks of the quantum internet; and realizing precision agriculture.

"For the last 35 years, engineering research centers have helped shape science and technology in the United States by fostering innovation and collaboration among industry, universities and government agencies," said NSF Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan. "As we kick off a new generation of centers, NSF will continue to work with its partners to ensure the success of these collaborative enterprises and the transformative, convergent research impact they produce."

NSF is investing $104 million in four new centers over the next five years. Each center has a specific research focus:

Since the program's inception in 1985, NSF has funded 75 centers and will support 18 in this fiscal year, including the four new centers. Each center receives NSF funding for up to 10 years. During this time, centers build partnerships with industry, universities, and other government agencies that sustain them into the future. The centers also build an innovation ecosystem and culture of inclusion to help propel impacts from convergent research and technologies.