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This publication represents the culmination of the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI), a program of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine supported by a 15-year, $40 million grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation to advance the future of science through interdisciplinary research. From 2003 to 2017, more than 2,000 researchers and other professionals across disciplines and sectors attended an annual “think-tank” style conference to contemplate real-world challenges. Seed grants awarded to conference participants enabled further pursuit of bold, new research and ideas generated at the conference.



NAKFI: Synthesis

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National Research Council. 2018. Collaborations of Consequence: NAKFI's 15 Years Igniting Innovation at the Intersections of Disciplines. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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440 pages |  6 x 9 | 

  • Paperback:  978-0-309-48365-0
  • Ebook:  978-0-309-48368-1


NAKFI: Synthesis

For 15 years The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative inspired a diverse community of researchers and practitioners to work collaboratively at the intersection of science, engineering, and medicine. This video shares some of the results of the NAKFI program through the stories of several representative alumni.

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