NSF seeks input on novel approaches to emerging technology career pathways

Information gathered from this request for information will inform the development of programs to build a diverse and nimble workforce in emerging technologies.

The U.S. National Science Foundation today issued a Dear Colleague Letter, or DCL, seeking input about challenges and opportunities related to investing in robust and engaging pathways for talent interested in working in emerging technology areas.

"A highly skilled domestic workforce is essential to accelerate innovation in critical and emerging technologies," said Erwin Gianchandani, NSF assistant director for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. "The insights gained from this DCL will help NSF cultivate new opportunities to respond to challenges in attracting and retaining diverse domestic talent. This DCL will inform how we can open up new and accessible educational pathways into emerging technology careers for any American interested in participating in the U.S. research and innovation enterprise."

NSF is seeking new approaches to recruit diverse individuals into fields including, but not limited to, advanced manufacturing, advanced materials, advanced wireless, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, microelectronics and semiconductors, and quantum information science.

This DCL will help NSF identify and shape new funding opportunities to increase the rate and overall composition of domestic students enrolled in traditional academic and nontraditional STEM pathways that will lead to emerging technology careers.

To learn more, read the DCL.