Limited Submission Programs - NSF - Partnerships for Innovation (PFI:BIC)

Summary of Opportunity
NSF - Partnerships for Innovation (PFI:BIC)
OSP Deadline 12/07/12
Funding Agency Deadline

NSF Letter of Intent (required): 09/26/12
NSF Full proposal:
12/12/12

Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: National prosperity today has become more dependent upon research and technology. Thus, NSF's role of supporting discovery research across all fields of science and engineering has become increasingly more relevant to economic development. By establishing and expanding partnerships, existing research discovery findings from institutions of higher education can be translated to innovations.

This program solicitation, Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) starts with an existing sound scientific and/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated to market-valued solutions through a partnership between academe and small technology-based businesses. The funds will provide support to an academic institution to partner with at least two small technology-based businesses that are not in direct competition with each other to carry out early translational-research activities The primary aims of the activities of this partnership are three-fold: (1) to build the innovation capacity of the individual participants from academe and from business; (2) to increase the viability of the small business concerns; and (3) to develop the next-generation workforce by providing opportunities for students at different levels to effectively learn from, participate in, and be profoundly changed by exposure to the process of building innovation capacity that occurs in BIC projects. The active collaboration between academe and business could result in solutions with potential for an impact on more than one market.

WEBINAR: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about the solicitation. Details will be posted on the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) website. (www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=iip) as they become available.

Please see the solicitation for complete information.

Eligibility  
Applicable Field(s)  
Number of Nominees Allowed

One (1)

Lead academic institutions are limited to participation on one proposal as a lead institution. A lead academic institution may NOT participate as a subawardee on any other proposal submitted under this solicitation. A lead academic institution, however, may be a partner (not receiving funding) on another proposal or may provide consultants to another proposal submitted under this solicitation.

Collaborative proposals between organizations ARE NOT permitted (emphasis added). (A collaborative proposal is defined as simultaneous proposal submission for a joint project from different organizations, with each organization requesting a separate award).

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI: 1

The PI cannot be a PI on a Partnership for Innovation award that will be active after September 30, 2013.

A PI who submits a proposal in response to this program solicitation may not also submit a proposal to the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR) program

Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to limitedsub@austin.utexas.edu by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2012:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two-page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. The bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Your College may submit one (1) nomination for consideration.

Notes

Note to Potential Applicants

Internal review documents do not reflect the application requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

The NSF 12-511 solicitation combined two standalone solicitations (NSF 10-581 and NSF 10-608), joining PFI: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) and PFI: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR). Two separate solicitations are now being offered to the community: one for PFI: BIC and one for PFI: AIR (NSF 12-571). This solicitation describes PFI: BIC.

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms, one of which involves an early stage that focuses on building innovation capacity and the other, which involves a later stage that focuses on accelerating innovation research. This program solicitation, Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC), is pursuant to the PFI: BIC portion of the program solicitation NSF 12-511. The PFI: BIC program starts with an existing sound scientific and/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated through a partnership between academe and small businesses to potentially market-valued solutions and to enhance the innovation capacity of the partners.

The merit of a proposal relies on the following elements: the existence of research discovery findings that have potential to contribute to U.S. competitiveness or to provide a solution to a problem of national and/or global importance; the quality of the established partnership between the academic research team and the small technology-based businesses; the quality of the proposed partnership activities to translate the existing research discovery findings into technical and/or economic "takeaways"--defined as capabilities, competencies, or more tangible items that one can take possession of and can move forward with--for both academe and the businesses; and the strategy that has the potential to build the innovation capacity.

The funds will provide support to an academic institution to partner with at least two small technology-based businesses that are not in direct competition with each other. The primary aims of the activities of this partnership are three-fold: (1) to build the innovation capacity of the individual participants from academe and from business; (2) to increase the viability of the small business concerns; and (3) to develop the next-generation workforce by providing opportunities for students at different levels to effectively learn from, participate in, and be profoundly changed by exposure to the process of building innovation capacity that occurs in BIC projects. The active collaboration between academe and business could result in solutions with potential for an impact on more than one market.

There is no longer a requirement for a Co-PI to be a senior administrator, as in the previous year's solicitation.

Close attention needs to be paid to the Additional Eligibility Information pertaining to the small technology-based business partners.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance Drs. Alan Watts and Robert O. Williams, College of Pharmacy
Posting Date 07/16/12