Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Deadline: Oct 1 (letter of intent); Dec 1 (full proposal)
One of the general goals of the Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI) is to stimulate the transformation of
knowledge created by the research and education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth; build strong local,
regional, and national economies; and improve the national well-being. Aligned with this goal, the PFI competition for
FY 2011 funds will provide support for innovation capacity building to sustained, dynamic interactive knowledgeenhancing
partnership groups composed of academic researchers and small business (as defined by the Small Business
Administration (SBA)) practitioners focused on intense exploration, re-definition, and creation of novel platforms for
translating research and moving it towards impact.
The basic organizational core of each proposed knowledge-enhancing partnership group must be composed of an
academic lead institution and, at a minimum, two small businesses.
$7 million for 9-11 awards. Awards may be up to $600,000 with an award duration of two or three years.
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