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NSF launches TRAILBLAZER program for groundbreaking engineering ideas

The US National Science Foundation (NSF) announced the NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award program, a new $15-million activity in the Engineering Directorate, to enable researchers with established records of creativity and paradigm-shifting outcomes to pursue novel engineering research projects that will open unexplored frontiers.

Each TRAILBLAZER award will provide up to $3 million over three years for a project led by a single investigator in any field or topic of engineering.

Each award will be funded as a Standard Grant or Continuing Grant. The Program anticipates making a minimum of 5 awards.

The TRAILBLAZER program emphasizes the qualities of the investigator that illustrate they can conceive of and support transformative research projects and make major contributions toward solving significant research problems. TRAILBLAZER will support engineers and scientists with excellent records of innovation and creativity with successful outcomes to pursue new research directions.

All funded TRAILBLAZER projects will form an NSF TRAILBLAZER cohort and investigators will be required to attend an annual PI meeting and may be invited to other activities.


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