NSF Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research

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Mar 23, 2021


National Science Foundation

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NSF  Future of Work at the Human - Technology Frontier: Core Research   FW-HTF
NSF 21-548
NSF url   https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21548/nsf21548.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click  

The specific objectives of the Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier program are to
(1) facilitate multi-disciplinary or convergent research that employs the joint perspectives, methods, and knowledge of behavioral science, computer science, design, economics, engineering, learning sciences, research on adult learning and workforce training, and the social sciences;
(2) support deeper understanding of the societal infrastructure that accompanies and leads to new work technologies and new approaches to work and jobs, and that prepares people for the future world of work;
(3) encourage the development of a research community dedicated to designing intelligent technologies and work organization and modes inspired by their positive impact on individual workers, the work at hand, the way people learn and adapt to technological change, creative and inclusive workplaces (including remote locations, homes, classrooms, or virtual spaces), and benefits for social, economic, educational, and environmental systems at different scales;
(4) promote deeper basic understanding of the interdependent human-technology partnership to advance societal needs by advancing design of intelligent work technologies that operate in harmony with human workers, including consideration of how adults learn the new skills needed to interact with these technologies in the workplace, and by enabling broad and diverse workforce participation, including improving accessibility for those challenged by physical or cognitive impairment; and
(5) understand, anticipate, and explore ways of mitigating potential risks including inequity arising from future work at the human-technology frontier.