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  Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) NSF 10-511

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program is an umbrella for two complementary subprograms: Building Innovation Capacity (BIC), which involves an earlier stage that focuses on building innovation capacity, and Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR), which involves a later stage that focuses on the acceleration of innovative research. BIC emphasizes the transformation of knowledge to market-accepted innovations created by the research and education enterprise, while AIR 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, while focusing on different stages are concerned with the movement of academic research into the marketplace.

USC may only submit one application in response to the BIC program announcement. Your BIC application submission MUST be coordinated with the Office of the Vice President for Research. Please send a two page abstract via email to Richard White ( by November 1, 2012. In addition to the 2-page abstract, you should also submit a biosketch for the PI.

NSF indicates that a letter of intent is due on January 4, 2013 and a full proposal is due by March 1, 2013. For more information:
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