The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers researchers the opportunity to transition their research from discoveries to the marketplace through the Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI). NSF’s PFI program has five goals:
- Identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization
- Supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit 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
- 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
- Developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry
- Providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators
The solicitation supports efforts on two different tracks called the Technology Translation track and the Research Partnerships track. The Technology Translation track provides the opportunity to turn NSF-funded research into technological innovations with promising social impact. The Research Partnerships track has similar goals, but instead supports larger, complex, multifaceted technology development projects that require the involvement more than one researcher or institution. This track requires the creation of a partnership between academic researchers and a third-party organization (e.g. industry, a federal laboratory, a public or nonprofit technology organization).
There are two deadlines available: January 8, 2020 and July 8, 2020.