Please see the solicitation for eligibility requirements. Proposals will be reviewed in accordance with NSF Intellectual Merit and Broader Impact criteria.
Additional criteria include the following:
- The strength of the discussion of the market need and how the innovation has the potential to offer a competitive solution or competitive advantage.
- The merit of the research plan to translate the existing research discovery to proof-of-concept, prototype or scale-up.
- The demonstrated understanding of the technology barrier(s) or knowledge gap(s) and how the proof-of-concept, prototype or scale-up has the potential to fill that gap(s).
- The lineage of the research discovery to relevant previous and/or current NSF research award(s).
- The suitability of the proposed team to successfully complete the project.
- The quality of the preliminary patent search and accompanying discussion to support the feasibility of obtaining needed licenses and/or sufficient protection for intellectual property developed.
- The quality of the strategy for a path toward commercialization.
The quality of the plan for involvement of undergraduate, graduate students and/or post-docs, incorporating an explanation of how the proposed effort will enhance their knowledge of innovation.
*Consult the solicitation for a full listing of criteria. The solicitation overrules all other policy documents, unless otherwise stated in the solicitation.
Note: Proposals that have a minimum research component (e.g. most of the work is to generate a business plan) will be returned without review.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Director with a brief, high-level overview that connects the proposed research to existing or past NSF-funded research and addresses the review criteria for the AIR-TT solicitation.
You may contact the Program Director via email at any time before the submission deadline.