National Science Foundation Announces Innovation Research – Tech Translation Funding Opportunity

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced Funding Opportunity for Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research- Technology Translation, NSF Funding Opportunity Number: 16-583.

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) and Building Innovation Capacity (BIC). Overall, the PFI program offers opportunities to connect new knowledge to societal benefit through translational research efforts and/or partnerships that encourage, enhance and accelerate innovation and entrepreneurship. The subject of this solicitation is PFI: AIR-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT). The PFI: AIR-TT solicitation serves as an early opportunity to move previously NSF-funded research results with promising commercial potential along the path toward commercialization. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or scale-up while engaging faculty and students in entrepreneurial/innovative thinking.

A webinar will be held at the end of July or early August, 2016 to answer any questions about this solicitation. This funding opportunity was announced on July 13, 2016. The application deadline is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. For more information, see the NSF Program Announcement.


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