OSP FO# 12-037

AGENCY: National Science Foundation (NSF)/ Directorate for Engineering (ENG)/Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP)

PROGRAM: Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

OBJECTIVES: 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.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The applicant 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.

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.

BU Internal deadline: August 20, 2012
Letter of Intent (required): September 26, 2012
Full Proposal deadline: December 12, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NSF intends to commit $8 million to fund approximately 11-13 standard or continuing grants, pending availability of funds. Awards may be up to $600,000 with an award duration of two years.

Sara B. Nerlove, Program Director
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, Virginia 22230
Telephone: (703) 292-7077
Email: snerlove@nsf.gov
Web: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12578/nsf12578.htm

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, August 20, 2012. In the memorandum: (1) briefly describe the proposed research, (2) list key participating faculty, and (3) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for funding.

The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, the memorandum will be forwarded to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete the project budget and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using either the NSF FastLane system or Grants.gov. Collaborative proposals must be submitted via FastLane. For more information about FastLane, or to register as a FastLane user, please contact A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. Information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. In addition, for investigators interested in submitting proposals via Grants.gov, NSF has published the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide which may be found online at: http://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/docs/grantsgovguide.pdf. Investigators should contact the OSP Research Administrator assigned to their school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through either FastLane or Grants.gov.

Complete program guidelines and application material (NSF 12-578 and NSF GPG 11-1) may be obtained from the website listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.