Summary

Convergence is a compelling novel paradigm and a potent force for advancing scientific discovery via transdisciplinary collaboration. It is also a useful framework for multi-sector partnerships. The Biden-Harris Administration should form a Convergence Directorate at the National Science Foundation (NSF) to accelerate research and innovation and help ensure U.S. leadership in the industries of the future.

In forming the Directorate, NSF should:

  • Commit resources that are commensurate with the importance of the Directorate’s mission.
  • Provide the sustained focus needed to realize the tremendous potential of convergence.
  • Ensure that the Directorate is organized to reflect the principles of convergence in its structure and operations.