partnerships for innovation
academe + partners → from scientific discoveries to practical use
PFI: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI:AIR)
The overall objective of the PFI:AIR-Technlogy Transfer (TT) program is to provide funding that will enable more research discoveries to be translated onto a path toward commercial reality while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial and market-oriented thinking. The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation supports innovative ideas in the translation of NSF-funded fundamental science and engineering discoveries into market-valued solutions. It provides an opportunity for investigators to conduct the necessary research to develop a proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up of the prototype that addresses real-world constraints and provides a competitive value in a potential application space.
To learn more and get started with a grant application, please see the latest AIR Technology Transfer solicitation - NSF PFI:AIR-TT 13-575.
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The PFI:AIR-Research Alliance (RA) choice fosters connections between an existing NSF innovation research alliance and other partner entities that have as their complementary focus spurring the development of discoveries into innovative technologies through collaboration. The solicitation requires the commitment of third-party investment. The partnership between the NSF-funded academic entity and the third-party investor will create an academic-based innovation ecosystem for potential investors to participate in the development of new products, processes, and systems having potentially high commercial impact.
To learn more and get started with a grant application, please see the latest AIR Technology Transfer solicitation - NSF PFI:AIR-RA 13-591.
Start your application today for PFI:AIR-RA!
PFI: Builiding Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)
The PFI: BIC program starts with an existing sound scientific and/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated through a partnership between academe and small businesses to potentially market-valued solutions and to enhance the innovation capacity of the partners.
The merit of a proposal relies on the following elements: the existence of research discovery findings that have potential to contribute to U.S. competitiveness or to provide a solution to a problem of national and/or global importance; the quality of the established partnership between the academic research team and the small technology-based businesses; the quality of the proposed partnership activities to translate the existing research discovery findings into technical and/or economic "takeaways"--defined as capabilities, competencies, or more tangible items that one can take possession of and can move forward with--for both academe and the businesses; and the strategy that has the potential to build the innovation capacity.
To learn more and get started with a grant application, please see the latest AIR Technology Transfer solicitation - NSF PFI:AIR 13-587.
Start your application today for PFI:BIC!