By IQT News posted 27 Sep 2021

(NSF.gov) The U.S. National Science Foundation announced a $50 million investment to advance 10 convergent multidisciplinary research teams, funded by the Convergence Accelerator program, to phase 2. The selected teams will continue to apply a convergent approach as they transition phase 1 concepts and solutions into practical, sustainable applications in quantum technology, combating climate change and managing natural disasters, monitoring and detecting biothreats, and other real-world solutions that address society’s most pressing concerns and challenges.
“A convergence approach is essential to solving large-scale societal challenges,” said Douglas Maughan, head of the NSF Convergence Accelerator program. “The merging of ideas, techniques and approaches combined with human-centered design concepts and end-user insights assist our teams in transforming their ideas to a proof of concept, then prototype and finally a solution.”
Over the next two years, phase 2 teams will participate in an innovation and entrepreneurial curriculum that includes product development, intellectual property, financial resources, sustainability planning, and communications and outreach.
Launched in September 2020, the Convergence Accelerator 2020 cohort included 29 phase 1 teams. During phase 1, teams developed their initial concepts, strengthened their teams, and interacted with customers, end-users and partners. The teams completed phase one with a formal phase 2 proposal and pitch.

The phase 2 teams are listed below.
Quantum technology teams

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