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The U.S. National Science Foundation is investing in new technologies that address the complex challenges in tackling food and nutrition insecurity from population growth, rising diet-related diseases and disparities and climate resilience. This investment will particularly address the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and involve a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

A total of seven multidisciplinary teams from the NSF Convergence Accelerator’s Track J: Food & Nutrition Security have been selected to advance from Phase 1 to Phase 2, each receiving up to $5 million. Totaling a $35 million research investment, NSF is funding six Phase 2 teams and the seventh team is funded by the USDA.

Through this program track, NSF aims to help transform food systems across the nation to ensure access to healthy, safe and affordable food, as well as create sustainable agricultural forestry and food practices that consider the climate, regeneration and waste reduction. The track’s focus also aligns with one of USDA’s core priorities to ensure everyone in the country has consistent and equitable access to safe, healthy, affordable food essential to optimal health and well-being.

“Advancing food and nutrition security is a complex challenge that directly affects our nation’s economic competitiveness,” said Erwin Gianchandani, NSF assistant director for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships. “Through the NSF Convergence Accelerator program, and in partnership with USDA, NSF

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