Solicitation: NSF 19-506 - two submission opportunities.
July 14, 2021
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs.
PFI has five broad goals: (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored researchers, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education to undertake proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-funded research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development activities, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.
This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals.
1. The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) - no limit.
2. The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) - There is a limit of one (1) for the PFI-RP track.
PFI-RP proposals should focus on applied research and commercialization projects that specifically depend on highly collaborative partnerships between academic researchers and industrial partners. The proposed project should further scientific and engineering foundational outcomes to enable breakthrough technologies with the potential to address critical industrial and societal needs.
General guidance for the preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office: