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NSF Announces Semifinalists for Regional Innovation Engines Competition

NSF Announces Semifinalists for Regional Innovation Engines Competition

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced semifinalists for the first-ever NSF Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) competition, spanning nearly all key technology areas and societal and economic challenges highlighted in the “CHIPS and Science Act.” The NSF Engines will be led by universities, nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations from across U.S. states and territories. NSF is releasing the list of semifinalists to encourage teaming among diverse organizations, innovation, and regional growth.
 
NSF initially received 188 concept outlines for NSF Engines. Following a proposers’ day and other activities that encouraged teaming, NSF has now completed an initial merit review of proposals, narrowing down to 34 semifinalists. The NSF Engines program is anticipated to be transformational for the nation, ensuring the U.S. remains globally competitive in key technology areas for decades to come. Each NSF Engine could receive up to $160 million over 10 years; actual amounts will be subject to a given NSF Engine’s status and overall progress, as assessed annually. NSF anticipates announcing the final list of NSF Engines awards this fall, with each awardee initially receiving about $15 million for the first two years.
 
View details and a map of the NSF Engines semifinalists on the NSF website here.

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