Faculty members are invited to apply for the National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation program. Case Western Reserve University is allowed one application to the program; the internal deadline is Dec. 14.
The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms: one involving an earlier stage that focuses on building innovation capacity and the other involving a later stage that focuses on the acceleration of innovative research. The former emphasizes the transformation of knowledge to market-accepted innovations created by the research and education enterprise, while the latter emphasizes the translation of research to commercialization by NSF-funded research alliances. A research alliance is defined as a research partnership formed for mutual benefit, and funded by NSF, between/amongst universities and other entities.
In the final analysis, both programs are concerned with the movement of academic research into the marketplace.
The proposal this year is for the Building Innovation Capacity category.