Sarkar will Lead New $1M Convergence Accelerator Project Funded by the National Science Foundation!

RASL Director Dr. Nilanjan Sarkar will serve as Principal Investigator of a new project entitled “Convergence Accelerator Phase I: Empowering Neurodiverse Populations for Employment through Inclusion AI and Innovation Science.

The project is part of a brand new funding mechanism from the National Science Foundation called the NSF Convergence Accelerator (C-Accel). This mechanism is designed to rapidly advance innovation in the areas of NSF’s 10 Big Ideas initiative.

Sarkar’s project aims to address the significant challenge of barriers to employment for people on the autism spectrum. The project has been awarded $1M in Phase 1, which spans 9 months beginning in September 2019.

This multi-site project includes partners at Yale, Georgia Tech, Cornell, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and the newly endowed Frist Center for Autism and Innovation.