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Building innovation capacity (BIC)

The NSF Partnership for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (BIC) program supports academia-industry partnerships to focus on post-discovery, academic-led research.

  • Partnerships consisting of 1 academic institution and at least 1 industry partner
  • An interdisciplinary approach including at least the following 3 components: engineering; computer science; and social, behavioral, and/or cognitive science
  • Building technological innovation capacity with significant potential for economic and societal impact
  • Building human innovation capacity by activating academe-industry partnerships and developing the next generation of entrepreneurs (students and post-docs)
  • Current Topic: Key platform technologies that enable "smart" service systems

Grants up to $800k for 3 years. There is a single funding competition each fiscal year.

To learn more and get started with a grant application, please see the latest solicitation, NSF PFI: BIC 13-587.

Each grant application must be preceded by a Letter of Intent. To learn more and take the first step in making an application, go to PFI:BIC Letter of Intent.

PFI:BIC Supplementary Documents: Project Framework

Important Deadlines 
Required Letter of Intent (LOI), November 18, 2013, due 5:00 pm local time. 
Full Proposal Submission January 27, 2014, due 5:00 pm local time.

BIC Solicitation Webinar - Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 1:30pm-3:00 pm EST 
Are you planning to submit, or are you part of a partnership team planning to submit a PFI:BIC Proposal to the National Science Foundation? Are you from an SRO Office and/or part of a review group selecting the candidates from your institution to participate in this limited submission application?
Please join 5 to 15 minutes before the start of the webinar to ensure that you will be able to connect properly. The webinar will provide details related to the PFI:BIC solicitation which focuses on advancing platform technologies so as to enable “smart” or “smarter” service systems.

To register, please click BIC Solicitation Webinar.

To download the PowertPoint presentation, click BIC Webinar PowerPoint. (UPDATED Nov 7th)

To view a previously recorded webinar, click Previously Recorded Webinar.

Smart Service Systems Virtual Forum
On September 25th, the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division of the Directorate for Engineering at NSF held a virtual forum open to the public to discuss smart service systems in light of the new solicitation for Building Innovation Capacity in service systems. The BIC solicitation expects to fund projects carried out by teams of interdisciplinary researchers and industrial partners to use existing research discoveries to make a service system(s) "smart” or "smarter”. This virtual forum had participation from both industry and academe working in either smart technologies, service systems or both.

A recording of the forum can be found here: BIC Forum Recording.

Presentation slides can be found here: BIC Forum PowerPoint Presentation.

More information and post-forum discussion can/will be found via the NSF Smart Service Systems LinkedIn Group.

To stay up-to-date with PFI:BIC and similar programs, join the "Academic-Industry Partnerships at NSF" newsletter:

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