NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT)

If you are interested in submitting a NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research-Technology Translation (PFI: AIR-TT) proposal, submit the letter of intent by Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

  • Letter of Intent Due: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date:  Friday, April 1, 2016

Synopsis of Program:

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 within six weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the IIP website as they become available.


Per Illinois Tech policy, all grant applications (federal and non-federal) must be reviewed, signed and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs regardless of the amount of the request. Contact osrp@iit.edu or call at 312.567.3035 for more information on submitting a proposal.