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Internal Review Instructions for NSF Accelerating Innovation Research Proposals

Jun 20th, 2012 -- dmbsrs

NSF has released the latest Accelerating Innovation Research program solicitation at NSF 12-571

NSF is offering two options under this solicitation. The first option, Technology Translation, encourages the translation of technologically-promising research discoveries, made by prior and/or current NSF-funded investigators, to move toward a path of commercialization; while the second option, Research Alliance, promotes synergistic collaborations between an existing NSF-funded research alliance and other public and private entities to motivate the translation and transfer of research discoveries into innovative technologies and commercial reality. A research alliance is defined as a research partnership between/among universities and other entities, formed for mutual benefit, and funded by the NSF.


Technology Translation.  The Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have been an NSF research award recipient, no more than 4-years prior to this solicitation's due date, or be a current NSF research award recipient. Regardless, the PI must be a faculty member at a U.S. academic institution at the time of the award.  The subject technology must be derived from a research discovery project already conducted or initiated by the NSF.

Research Alliance. The lead institution must be an NSF-funded research alliance and be engaged actively in the alliance. The other partner(s) may be another research entity or alliance, small business consortia, or a local or regional innovation entity. There must be at least two research partners. The partners either will be budgeted for a subaward to the NSF research alliance or will bring their own funding to the partnership.

Preliminary Proposals.  Please refer to Section V.A. of the solicitation for proposal preparation instructions for Technology Translation and Research Alliance proposals.  In a preliminary proposal of no more than three pages, provide an overview of the technology to be translated or the research alliance.  For Technology Translation proposals, please describe the NSF award and subject technology, and identify any industry partners.  For Research Alliance proposals, indicate the NSF-funded activity the proposal stems from and identify other research parties and third-party investors.

Preliminary proposals are due to by August 3.  An internal review team will provide comments by August 17.

Letters of Intent are required by NSF and due by 5 p.m. on September 12, 2012.  Full proposals are due by 5 p.m. on November 13, 2012.

The division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships will schedule a webinar for this solicitation sometime within the next six weeks.  Details will be posted at as they become available.