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A Message from the Director of the National Science Foundation

In the May newsletter, I cited the need for us to think deeply about bold, long-term research questions that address critical societal challenges and ignite the sparks of creativity that lead to unexpected discoveries.

With this in mind, NSF developed 10 big ideas to capitalize on what we do best: catalyze interest and investment in fundamental research, which is the basis for discovery, invention and innovation. These transformative ideas are meant to define cutting-edge research agendas that are uniquely suited for NSF’s broad portfolio of investments. The ideas should inspire researchers and educators to advance science and engineering and the training and education of future STEM professionals.

NSF is sharing these ideas at an early stage to ensure transparency and engage our community to take these ideas to the next level. Funding these ideas will push forward the frontiers of U.S. research and provide innovative approaches for solving some of the most pressing problems the world faces. We look forward to engaging with you to turn these ideas into realities.

Dr. France A. Cόrdova
Director, National Science Foundation

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