ERC-Wide Workshop: Demonstrating ERC Impact and Supporting Self-Sufficiency through NSF Use-Inspired, Translational Research Opportunities


The NSF Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) is organizing a one-day Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Workshop, inviting all ERCs to engage to share information about their use-inspired and translational research activities ongoing within the ERC ecosystem. This workshop is also an opportunity for the ERC community to learn about relevant programs at NSF of interest from the standpoint of pathways for self-sustainability. Specifically, the interest is learning about programs in the Directorate for Technology Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) such as the Engines program and the Accelerating Research Translation (ART) programs, and cross-cutting programs such as the Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC). The goal is to bring ERC leaders together for a day of learning, discovery, and dialogue among the ERC community to explore pathways for sustainability. The event also aims to update NSF about the use-inspired and translational research activities going on within the ERC ecosystem.

Register to attend now!


One-day workshop (8a-5p) on Friday, February 9, 2024.
Workshop will be held at the National Science Foundation HQ in Alexandria Virginia (Room E2030).
2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22314


For the ERC community, the Workshop will be most relevant to ERC Directors and Industry Liaison Officers (ILOs). Travel costs of the attending ERC Directors, ILOs, and invited guests will be covered by ASSIST. Registration will be open to additional ERC officers (Deputy Directors, Workforce Development officers, etc.) with their travel costs to be covered by their respective ERCs. Registration is also open to any NSF officers. Interested academic, industry, and government guests are also welcome depending on the space availability.

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Tentative Workshop Program

9:30a9:40aWelcome and Agenda Review (ASSIST)Drs. Alper Bozkurt & Veena Misra
9:40a9:55aNSF EEC Welcome and OverviewDr. Jose Zayas-Castro (EEC Division Director)
9:55a10:25aIUCRC OverviewDr. Prakash Balan (IUCRC Program Director)
10:25a10:35aCoffee Break/Networking
10:35a11:40aIUCRC Panel DiscussionDrs. Crystal Leach (IUCRC Program Director, Moderator) Max Albanese (CCAA), Susan Trolier-McKinstry (CDP), Chaowei Yang (CSTCA), Scott Ransom (ILO Mentor) 
11:40a12:00pART Program OverviewDr. Pradeep Fulay (TIP Program Director)
1:00p1:30pTIP Directorate Overview and ProgramsDr. Barry Johnson (Division Director, Translational Impacts within TIP)
1:30p1:45pPFI OverviewDr. Jesus S. Molla (TIP & PFI Program Director)
1:45p3:15pERC Overviews and Feedback (4 minutes each)ERC Leaders
3:15p3:30pCoffee Break/Networking
3:30p4:15pBreakout SessionsEEC, TIP, IUCRC, ART, PFI Program Directors
4:15p4:25pGroup Activity Reporting
4:35p4:45pGroup Activity Reporting
4:25p4:30pClosing Remarks (ASSIST)