Request for Information on Developing a Roadmap for the TIP Directorate at the National Science Foundation

Publication Date: July 2023

EBRC’s response to the request by the NSF for comments on the development of a roadmap to guide investment decisions of the newly formed TIP Directorate. We recommend prioritizing engineering biology research through infrastructure development, data programs, and equitable workforce initiatives to strengthen biotechnology translation and U.S. economic competitiveness. We also highlight the several crosscutting areas for investments where engineering biology overlaps with other TIP areas of interest, such as AI, materials science, climate change, and advanced robotics.


Keywords: TIP Directorate, national security, economic competitiveness, translation, workforce development, climate change, emerging biotechnology, artificial intelligence, microbiome, materials science, infrastructure, data, horizon scanning, sustainability

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