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Partnerships for Innovation

Nov 3rd, 2017 -- dmbsrs

Synopsis. 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 six broad goals: (1) identifying and supporting Foundation-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current Foundation-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 Foundation-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) catalyzing professional development activities, mentoring, and best practices in entrepreneurship and technology translation for faculty, students and researchers; and (6) expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship. 

The full solicitation is NSF 18-511

Limit.  RIT is limited to two proposals in response to this solicitation.  Proposals are also subject to lineage requirements described in the solicitation.

Internal Proposals.  Internal proposals should identify the program track and provide a concept paper of no more than two pages describing the partnership and how it meets program goals.  Concept papers should also identify partners and their roles. 

Deadlines.  Internal proposals are due to david.bond@rit.edu by 5:00 p.m. on November 30, 2017.

Full proposals are due to NSF by 5:00 p.m. on February 1, 2018.