Partnerships for Innovation - Federal Grants

Funding Opportunity Overview

Partnerships for Innovation is a Discretionary grant funded by National Science Foundation. It's award amount is up to $550,000 and 65 awards are expected. It is categorized in Science and Technology and other Research and Development. The grants is open to all (government, organization, and/or individual) entities. The application deadline (close date) to apply is 2023-01-11 (-23 days left).
The following table summarizes the Partnerships for Innovation opportunity.
Opportunity Number19-506
Opportunity TitlePartnerships for Innovation
Opportunity CategoryDiscretionary
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Post DateOctober 19, 2018 (Friday)
Last Updated DateJuly 30, 2022 (Saturday)
Close DateJanuary 11, 2023 (Wednesday)
Award AmountUp to $550,000 (total funding : $20,000,000)

Detailed Funding Description

The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering funded by NSF the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit.
PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017 (“the Act”, S.3084 — 114th Congress; Sec. 602. Translational Research Grants): (1) identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization; (2) supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value; (3) promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology; (4) developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry; (5) providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.
In addition, PFI responds to the mandate set by Congress in Section 601(c)(3) of the Act (Follow-on Grants), to support prototype or proof-of-concept development work by participants, including I-Corps participants, with innovations that because of the early stage of development are not eligible to participate in a Small Business Innovation Research Program or a Small Business Technology Transfer Program.
Finally, PFI seeks to implement the mandate set by Congress in Section 102(c)(a) of the Act (Broader Impacts Review Criterion Update) by enhancing partnerships between academia and industry in the United States, and expanding the participation of women and individuals from underrepresented groups in innovation, technology translation, and entrepreneurship.
This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals in pursuit of the aforementioned goals: The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact.
PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship.
Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track seeks to achieve the same goals as the PFI-TT track by supporting instead complex, multi-faceted technology development projects that are typically beyond the scope of a single researcher or institution and require a multi-organizational, interdisciplinary, synergistic collaboration.
A PFI-RP project requires the creation of partnerships between academic researchers and third-party organizations such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations or other universities.
Such partnerships are needed to conduct applied research on a stand-alone larger project toward commercialization and societal impact. In the absence of such synergistic partnership, the project’s likelihood for success would be minimal. The intended outcomes of both PFI-TT and PFI-RP tracks are: a) the commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs; b) the creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research); c) the licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and d) the training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

Dates and Awards Details

The following table shows the dates and awards information in detail for Partnerships for Innovation federal grants. It posted on 2018-10-19 and will be closed on 2023-01-11.
The estimated total program funding is $20,000,000 for 65 awards (expected).
Agency NameNational Science Foundation
Important Dates
Post DateOctober 19, 2018 (Friday)
Close DateJanuary 11, 2023 (Wednesday)
Last Updated DateJuly 30, 2022 (Saturday)
Archive DateAugust 11, 2023 (Friday)
Awards Detail
Award Ceiling$550,000
Estimated Total Program Funding$20,000,000
Expected Number Of Awards65
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Additional InformationNSF Publication 19-506
Additional Information URLhttp://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf19506

CFDA Numbers

The next CFDA (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance) numbers are associated to this federal grant.
  • 47.041 - Engineering Grants
  • 47.049 - Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 47.050 - Geosciences
  • 47.070 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • 47.074 - Biological Sciences
  • 47.075 - Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
  • 47.076 - Education and Human Resources
  • 47.079 - Office of International and Integrative Activities
  • 47.083
  • 47.084

Categories of Funding Activities

  • Science and Technology and other Research and Development
  • No Additional Explanation Reported

Funding Eligibility

Eligible Applicants:
  • Others
  • Additional Information: *Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -<ul> <li>Academic / Research U.S. institutions; includes universities and two
    • and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the United States, acting on behalf of their faculty members;</li> <li>Public or Non-profit, Non-academic U.S. organizations located in the United States that are directly associated with technology transfer activities (&ldquo;Technology Transfer Organizations&rdquo;);</li> <li>Non-profit U.S. organizations located in the United States that partner with an institution of higher education; or</li> <li>A U.S. consortium of 2 or more of the organizations described above.</li> </ul> Technology Transfer Organizations interested in submitting proposals to PFI are strongly encouraged to partner with an Academic / Research U.S. institution to strengthen the technical component of their projects. *Who May Serve as PI: The PI must have the technical skills required to lead and execute the proposed research project. In addition to the PI, PFI-TT proposals must include a Senior Personnel or co-PI who brings technology commercialization experience in the targeted fields of application or industry sector. The technology commercialization expert must have an active role in the project. PFI-RP proposals must include, without exception, a co-PI who is a member or employee of the required Industrial Partner organization. PFI-RP proposals without an Industrial Partner co-PI may be returned without review. The technology commercialization expert cannot use NSF-funded time and effort to perform any&ldquo;Objectives Not Responsive to this Solicitation&rdquo; listed in Section II.E of this solicitation. However, the expert may participate in any mandatory I-Corps training that will be provided during the term of the PFI award. Additional collaborators or organizations that bring needed multidisciplinary expertise or commercialization experience may be involved as co-PI, Senior Personnel, Other Professional, subawardee, consultant, etc. NSF Lineage Requirement: All proposals submitted to the PFI program must meet a lineage requirement under one of the following two paths: (1) NSF-supported research results, or (2) NSF-supported customer discovery results through the <a href="https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/teams.jsp">NSF I-Corps Teams</a> Program. Please refer to"Additional Eligibility Information" under Section IVof this solicitation for details.

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