FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BOULDER, Colo., March 28, 2020 — Based on the outpouring of interest from the social science research community and the facility’s mission to advance convergence science for the benefit of humanity, CONVERGE is offering $1,000 awards to those who wish to launch COVID-19 Working Groups for Public Health and Social Sciences Research.
CONVERGE and the Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network will fund up to 30 COVID-19 Working Groups focused on issues and advancements in methods, ethics and empirical topics. CONVERGE is part of NSF’s Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) network.
Applications for Working Groups will be accepted between April 4 and April 13, 2020. The funding announcement for Working Groups will be made no later than April 17, 2020. Working Groups and their members will be featured on the CONVERGE website and through the SSEER network to highlight the activities and scientific leadership of the group.
Researchers who are interested in leading or joining a Working Group are encouraged to take part in the next CONVERGE Virtual Forum on Friday, April 3, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. MDT. During this forum, researchers will have the opportunity to share ideas for Working Groups while connecting with one another. Working Group application requirements will be discussed and participants will begin the process of prioritizing areas of pressing societal and scientific concern.
The requirements for the COVID-19 Working Groups include:
Working Groups are encouraged that focus on specific areas of inquiry or topics of societal concern. Examples include:
If multiple applications are received for the same general area, CONVERGE leadership will take this as an opportunity to encourage researchers to join together to amplify their efforts.
Researchers and others who are interested in learning more about this and other initiatives can sign up for updates via the CONVERGE website.
About the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), NHERI is a distributed, multi-user, national network that provides the natural hazards engineering and social science community with state-of-the-art research infrastructure ensuring that it has the well-coordinated testing and computational facilities required to meet the research challenges of the 21st century and achieve global leadership in natural hazard risk mitigation.