Partnerships for Innovation


Read through our Frequently Asked Questions to learn everything from the proposal process to post-award reporting (and everything in between).

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Program Director Jesus Soriano (

Jesus Soriano is Program Director for the NSF's Partnerships for Innovation program. Previously, Jesus served as Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program director since 2012 covering Biomedical and Smart Health Technologies. He joined NSF after 20 years of international experience in executive leadership in the biopharmaceutical and non-profit sectors, start-up formation and funding, technology commercialization, and academic teaching and research.

Prior to joining NSF, Jesus was the senior advisor to the Puerto Rico Trust for Science, Technology and Research, a technology-based development organization, executive vice president at QRxPharma, Ltd., a clinical-stage specialty pharmaceutical company focused in pain management and central nervous system disorders, and senior director of business development at Osiris Therapeutics, Inc. Jesus has also held several executive leadership positions at the global bioresource center ATCC, including vice president for Intellectual Property, Licensing and International Business Development, and was associate director for R&D Operations and Business Development at Entremed, Inc, a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company developing therapeutics for the treatment of cancer.

Jesus began his career as a family doctor in Spain; he then worked at the University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland initially as Research Scientist and then as Assistant Professor. He initially came to the United States as a visiting scientist to the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute under an advanced researcher fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation. He holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School; a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and a M.D. from the University of Alicante, Spain.

Questions? Send your executive summary
To gauge whether your project fits the goals of the PFI program, feel free to email a one- to two-page executive summary to Jesus Soriano ( outlining the following information:

    1. The NSF lineage of your PFI project (NSF-supported research results and/or I-Corps™ Teams)
    2. The societal need/market opportunity to be addressed.
    3. The proposed innovation.
    4. Key technological hurdles you must overcome to translate the technology into a product or service.
    5. The envisioned pathway to commercialization.
    6. The team and partners you would bring to the PFI project.


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