Date Open: 
National Science Foundation
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Limit per Institution: 
Important Notes: 
There is a limit of one (1) for the PFI-RP track. No limit for the PFI-TT track.

NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

Solicitation: NSF 23-538 - two submission opportunities.

  • Internal Letter of Intent Deadline: June 15, 2023.   This is for the PFI-RP track.     
  • Institutional Limit: There is a limit of one (1) for the PFI-RP track.
  • Agency Deadline: September 5, 2023
  • Status: Open
  • Eligibility Criteria: Please note there are different criteria for each track for PI eligibility. 

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track supports complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration. A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities. Such partnerships are needed to conduct use-inspired research on a stand-alone larger project toward commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership, the project’s likelihood for success would be minimal.

The intended outcomes are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

General guidance for the preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office: 

COVER SHEET (1 page) -please use an 11 point or higher font with one-inch margins.

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome. In this summary, describe the proposed partnership.  How will the partnership catalyze the technical, commercialization, and educational objectives?
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the Agency.  Agency funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
Project Summary (1-2 pages):

Please address the following:

  • NSF Lineage Requirement: Describe the intellectual merit of the prior NSF research. Explain how the technology is ready to move beyond the basic research phase and why the translational research proposed has the potential to be successful?

  • Describe the market/societal need, how the innovation has the potential to offer a competitive solution or competitive advantage, and the proposed bath toward commercialization.

  • What technology barriers or knowledge gaps will be addressed by this proposal and how will the proposed project overcome these barriers or gaps?

  • What will the learning objectives and outcomes be for your education and leadership development plan for graduate students?

  • How will this project foster the inclusion of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in the proposed technology translation and in future commercialization endeavors.

  • How will you evaluate the effectiveness of the project?

Use this    SmartSheet Form to upload your Letter of Intent

Questions or problems with the Smartsheet form: