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1 NSF WEBINAR Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR) Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Kesh Narayanan Division Director Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Directorate for Engineering National Science Foundation September 13, 2010 This Presentation will be available on the IIP homepage following the WEBINAR:

2 AIR & PFI 2Directorate for Engineering If you are unable to call in, please send in your questions via to: AIR (Option 1): Mary Toney at cc Rathindra DasGupta at AIR (Option 2): Barbara Kenny at and Deborah Jackson at cc Rathindra DasGupta at PFI: Sally Nerlove at This Presentation will be available on the IIP homepage following the WEBINAR:

3 3 EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY : Sept Discoveries for new technologies resulting in the creation of future industries New and vibrant businesses will lead to new jobs and economic growth Focused research, innovation, and commercialization accelerated by government investment

4 Office of Science and Technology Policy, February 1, 2010 Promote the commercialization of promising technologies: The Budget proposes $12 million for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new Innovation Ecosystem in which universities partner with other institutions to increase the impact of the most promising innovations through commercialization, industry alliances, and start-up formation. Promote the commercialization of promising technologies: The Budget proposes $12 million for the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a new Innovation Ecosystem in which universities partner with other institutions to increase the impact of the most promising innovations through commercialization, industry alliances, and start-up formation. Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth 4Directorate for Engineering With community input, NSF designed two new solicitations to encourage translation of new knowledge to economic or societal impact: Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR), and Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

5 University Small Business Investors Industry ENG overallNSF overall GOALII /UCRC PFI ERCSTTRSBIRSTC Resources Invested DiscoveryDevelopment Commercialization Foundations NSF Innovation Investments AIR Translational Research 5Directorate for Engineering See

6 Components of Innovation Ecosystem 6Directorate for Engineering Single Investigator and Small Groups of Faculty -Technology Translation Plan Competition (AIR/$4M) -Partnerships for Innovation (PFI/$7M) Partnerships of Large Research Groups -Research Alliance Competition (AIR/$8M)

7 AIR: Technology Translation Plan Competition ($4M) Single Investigator and Small Groups of Faculty – Creates entrepreneurial small groups of faculty – Encourages academic researchers to translate technologically-promising, fundamental discoveries into commercial reality – PI or co-PI must be a current or prior NSF awardee and a faculty member at a US college or university at the time of award in the current competition – Develops technology translation plans to embark on the path towards full business plans 7Directorate for Engineering

8 AIR: Technology Translation Plan Competition ($4M) Key Requirements per NSF – LOI required and due December 1, 2010 – Full proposal due February 1, 2011 – Preliminary Technology Translation Plan (PTTP): $300k/2 Years per grant Third party investment (1:1) required for budget requests in excess of $150k Up to 25% in-kind, and the rest in cash – Final Technology Translation Plan (FTTP), submitted as a supplement to the original award: $50k Presentation of FTTP at NSF FTTP awardees (those selected to receive the supplemental funding) expected to attend and participate in a “Technology Showcase” (21 months) 8Directorate for Engineering

9 Partnerships for Innovation ($7M) Single Investigator and Small Groups of Faculty – Requires academic groups to partner with small businesses – Creates a novel platform that can be applied to many markets – Stimulates the transformation of knowledge into innovations – Supports innovation capacity building through partnerships Directorate for Engineering9

10 Partnerships for Innovation Key Requirements per NSF LOI required and due October 1, Full proposal due December 4, Award: $600k/2-3 Years per grant Directorate for Engineering10

11 AIR: Research Alliance Competition ($8M) Partnerships of Large Research Groups – Builds synergistic research alliance between NSF -funded research consortium and other institutions to accelerate commercialization – Other partner(s): another research entity (either NSF-funded, other government agency funded, or privately funded), a small business consortium, or a local or regional innovation entity – Creates innovation ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurial culture, encourages spin-offs, and builds new partnerships Directorate for Engineering11

12 AIR: Research Alliance Competition ($8M) Key Requirements per NSF – LOI required and due December 1, 2010 – Full proposal due February 1, 2011 – Award: $1M/2 Years per grant Third-party investment (1:1) required Up to 25% in-kind, and the rest in cash PI (along with a representative from the partner entity, and a representative of a third party investor) must present (at NSF) the first year’s accomplishments and plans for the second year 12Directorate for Engineering

13 AIR & PFI 13Directorate for Engineering Program Director Contacts: AIR (Option 1): Mary Toney at cc Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta at PFI: Sally Nerlove at AIR (Option 2): Barbara Kenny at and Deborah Jackson at cc Rathindra (Babu) DasGupta at This Presentation will be available on the IIP homepage following the WEBINAR:


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