Agency Update: NSF Releases Dear Colleague Letter Soliciting Input on International Network-to-Network Collaboration
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeking input from the U.S. research community to identify research networks in the U.S. and overseas that through better connection would accelerate research in science, engineering, and STEM education topics. This community input will help inform OISE’s wider strategic planning effort, including an assessment of the need for any new programs or focus areas to support international collaboration.
Through this solicitation, OISE is seeking to lay the groundwork for a network of networks that could be leveraged to advance research through sharable expertise, data, and facilities among other resources. OISE is particularly interested in emerging research areas that do not yet have a well-established global network. While interdisciplinarity is encouraged, OISE is placing primary emphasis on any NSF-supported research areas “where strategic bridges between U.S. and international networks would create mutual benefit.”
NSF welcomes comments from both individuals and groups. Submissions are due November 30, 2017. The DCL states that white papers should include the following information:
- “Name, affiliation, and valid email contact information for submitter(s).
- List up to three terms that represent keywords of your submission (This may be made public in aggregate with other submissions).
- What current or emerging research areas would benefit from increased cooperation between networks of researchers in the U.S. and networks in one or more countries outside the U.S.?
- What is the value added of international network-to-network collaboration for the U.S. research community in the research area(s)?
- What other relevant aspects should NSF consider to strengthen international research networks in the research area(s)?”
Sources and Additional Information:
- The full DCL is available at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17131/nsf17131.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click.