National Science Foundation launches Engineering Research Visioning Alliance as force multiplier for high-impact research
An associate dean in the University of Georgia College of Engineering will serve a key role in a new National Science Foundation initiative designed to help the United States stay at the forefront of research and innovation – and maintain its leadership in the global economy.
Saying America’s economic competitiveness is tied directly to the pace of scientific and technological discovery, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Engineering recently launched the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance (ERVA). The alliance is the first engineering research visioning organization of its kind.
"Having a space like ERVA to discuss the future in a fast-changing society is fundamental,” said Jaime Camelio, Associate Dean for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the University of Georgia College of Engineering. “I see it as a unique opportunity to share different backgrounds and identify the nation's direction.”
Camelio will serve as a member of ERVA’s Standing Council. NSF describes the 35-member Standing Council as the “intellectual brain trust providing fuel to the ERVA engine.” Camelio and other council members will solicit and integrate input from stakeholders with an interest in engineering research. The group will convene quarterly to explore contemporary and future research/translational opportunities.
ERVA was created to provide the engineering community with a process for identifying bold and societally impactful engineering research directions that will place the U.S. in a leading position to realize a better future for all. The initiative is designed to be an engaged, inclusive, multilayered partnership, providing a diverse array of voices with the opportunity to impact national research priorities.
“Engineering has the power to transform people’s lives, especially when it brings to bear a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experience to solve important problems,” says NSF Assistant Director for Engineering Dawn Tilbury. “With NSF’s support, the Engineering Research Visioning Alliance will enable the engineering community to mobilize and make a difference in our country’s future.”
Funded with a five-year, $8 million award from the NSF, the initiative convenes, catalyzes and enables the engineering community to identify nascent opportunities and priorities for engineering-led innovative, high-impact, cross-domain, fundamental research that addresses national, global and societal needs.