Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI)
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Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that promotes innovation by bringing together colleges and universities, State and local governments, private sector firms, and nonprofit organizations. These organizations form partnerships that support innovation in their communities by developing the people, tools, and infrastructure needed to connect new scientific discoveries to practical uses.
The goals of the PFI program are to:
PFI partnerships may focus on a specific technology, industry, or geographic area, and may request total budgets from NSF of up to $600,000 for 2 to 3 years. Proposed partnerships must include academic institutions and private sector organizations. Partnerships that include State/local government are strongly encouraged. Each partnership uses the specific educational and economic strengths of its community to advance local economic and educational opportunities, so there is a wide range of possible activities.
Please see the most recent solicitation listed in the Related NSF Documents listed below.
Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (NSF 06-550)
PFI Program Home Page