Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for Workforce Development

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on future topics for workforce development in emerging technology career pathways. The NSF Directorates for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) and STEM Education (EDU) are specifically seeking input from various stakeholders including non-profit organizations, philanthropies, industry, government agencies, educational institutions, and other communities of practice. The goal is to gather diverse perspectives on opportunities and challenges in creating flexible and seamless STEM pathways in emerging technological areas.

While this RFI does not invite research proposals or offer funding opportunities, the collected input will be used to inform and shape future NSF investments and programs. The NSF aims to address the need for a highly skilled domestic workforce capable of supporting innovation in critical and emerging technologies such as advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and more.

The RFI highlights the importance of increasing the representation of domestic students in STEM disciplines, particularly in fields leading to emerging technology careers. It also emphasizes the significance of lifelong learning and non-traditional pathways into these careers. The NSF is interested in novel approaches that will accelerate efforts to attract diverse individuals into emerging technologies and provide accessible educational pathways.

Interested parties can respond to the RFI by submitting their feedback through the official form provided on the NSF website. The deadline for responses is June 21, 2023. The information collected will be analyzed by the NSF to shape future program directions, initiatives, and potential funding opportunities. The agency may also share the findings publicly on their website.

For more information and inquiries about the RFI, individuals can contact the NSF Program Directors listed in the official document.

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