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The Convergence Research (CORE) Institute, funded by the NSF Convergence Accelerator, is designed to catalyze an impact network of researchers, practitioners, and industry and public policy professionals committed to collaboratively engaging in convergence research that is driven by a specific and compelling problem and requires deep integration across disciplines and sectors. This training program provides graduate students and early and mid-career researchers and professionals with a foundational experience to position them for impact throughout their careers on the most challenging societal issues of our time. The curriculum gives participants the skill sets and networks to identify use-inspired problems and build convergence research solutions designed with intentional pathways to sustainable integration into existing societal systems.

How It Works

Each year the CORE Institute selects a thematic focus related to a societal grand challenge. The theme for the 2023 Institute is “Tackling Climate-Induced Challenges with AI”. The Institute will host a virtual six-week bootcamp in winter 2023 where participants will engage in a guided process of problem definition and solution ideation in cross-sector, cross-discipline teams. Supported by Institute mentors, a select group of 40 participants will attend a week-long, in-person incubator in spring 2023 at UC San Diego to continue working together to author publications and write research proposals to further their efforts to prototype solutions.

Who Should Apply?

Researchers who want to make an impact toward solving societal grand challenges; AI experts and technologists who want to work on problems at the intersection of science and society; public policy professionals and practitioners who want to better leverage science and technology; legislators and staffers who want to generate ideas based on societal needs; NGO and industry members working on problems at the societal scale.

Application Timeline

The application window for the 2023 CORE Institute will open in fall 2022. Please sign up here to receive more information.