text-only page produced automatically by LIFT Text Transcoder Skip all navigation and go to page contentSkip top navigation and go to directorate navigationSkip top navigation and go to page navigation
National Science Foundation
News
design element
News
News From the Field
For the News Media
Special Reports
Research Overviews
NSF-Wide Investments
Speeches & Lectures
NSF Current Newsletter
Multimedia Gallery
News Archive
News by Research Area
Arctic & Antarctic
Astronomy & Space
Biology
Chemistry & Materials
Computing
Earth & Environment
Education
Engineering
Mathematics
Nanoscience
People & Society
Physics
 

Email this pagePrint this page


New NSF Investment to Accelerate Innovation Research

Photo of Flaura Winston in the Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies virtual simulator room.

The NSF Center for Child Injury Prevention Studies is among the FY 2011 AIR grantees.
Credit and Larger Version

July 26, 2011

Last week, the National Science Foundation (NSF) granted a set of 22 awards to spur innovations from research discoveries across many fields of science and engineering.  Through the Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) program, the NSF Division for Industrial Innovation and Partnerships invested $9.2 million into two types of awards that will foster innovative technology and thinking at different scales.   

The first type of AIR award supports the promising ideas of small groups as they begin to transition fundamental science and engineering findings into commercial reality.  These grants will enable academic researchers and their students to develop proofs of concept and technology translation plans and to experience firsthand what it takes to successfully launch an innovation.

"The AIR program provides a wonderful opportunity for interested academic researchers to revisit exciting discoveries from their prior NSF support with an eye towards translating that work to the marketplace," said Karlene Hoo, an NSF program director for AIR.  "These awards will enable research teams to position their innovations for subsequent private sector investment."

The second type of AIR award supports the creation of research alliances between existing NSF-funded consortia and at least one partner from the world of business and entrepreneurship.  These awards provide up to $1 million to form synergistic relationships that will accelerate the innovation of products, processes, and/or systems built upon the research foundations of each consortium. 

"NSF centers and partnership consortia build long-term, trusting relationships between academia and industry," said Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, an NSF program director for AIR.  "Because these relationships are based on shared values and are forged through collaborative discovery research, they provide a ready-made platform from which to accelerate innovation."

List of NSF AIR Awards

- Cecile J. Gonzalez, cjgonzalez@nsf.gov -

 

Media Contact
Joshua Chamot, NSF, (703) 292-7730, jchamot@nsf.gov

Program Contact
Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta, AIR Program Director, (703) 292-8353, rdasgupta@nsf.gov
Karlene Hoo, AIR Program Director, (703) 292-4609, khoo@nsf.gov

Related Links
Press Release about NSF STEP Innovation Center:  https://owa2003.nsf.gov/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=121178%26org=NSF%26from=news

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2014, its budget is $7.2 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 50,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 11,500 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $593 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

 Get News Updates by Email 

Useful NSF Web Sites:
NSF Home Page: http://www.nsf.gov
NSF News: http://www.nsf.gov/news/
For the News Media: http://www.nsf.gov/news/newsroom.jsp
Science and Engineering Statistics: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/
Awards Searches: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/

 

Image of a dummy on a sled to research ways to protect children and adolescents in car crashes.
Support from the NSF AIR program will speed the creation of practical outcomes from research.
Credit and Larger Version



Email this pagePrint this page
Back to Top of page