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Partnerships for Innovation: Technology Translation (PFI-TT)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs for Innovative
Science and Engineering Developments

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

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07/10/19 5:00 PM Submitter's Local Time


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs to support fundamental education and research activities in all disciplines of science and engineering. This program track is intended to support individual researchers in developing new innovations based on prior basic research.

Partnerships for Innovation - Technology Translation (PFI-TT):

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers the opportunity to translate prior NSF-funded research results in any field of science or engineering into technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. PFI-TT supports commercial potential demonstration projects for academic research outputs in any NSF-funded science and engineering discipline. This demonstration is achieved through proof-of-concept, prototyping, technology development and/or scale-up work. Concurrently, students and postdoctoral researchers who participate in PFI-TT projects receive education and leadership training in innovation and entrepreneurship. Successful PFI-TT projects generate technology-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs.

The intended outcome of PFI-TT is:
a) The commercialization of new intellectual property derived from NSF-funded research outputs;
b) The creation of new or broader collaborations with industry (including increased corporate sponsored research);
c) The licensing of NSF-funded research outputs to third party corporations or to start-up companies funded by a PFI team; and
d) The training of future innovation and entrepreneurship leaders.

All PFI proposals must address the following five elements:
1) Technology Development
2) Demonstration of Commercialization Potential
3) Partnerships (Not mandatory but strongly encouraged)
4) Education and Leadership Development in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
5) Broadening Participation

For more information see Program Requirements in the Pre-Application Information Section below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174404

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 40-50 awards are anticipated.

Estimated Size of Grant:

PFI-TT projects will be funded for up to $250,000.

Term of Contract:

PFI-TT projects will be funded for 18 to 24 months per award.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

-Academic / Research US institutions; includes universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members,
-Public or Nonprofit, Non-academic US organizations located in the US that are directly associated with technology transfer activities (“Technology Transfer Organizations”);
-Nonprofit US organizations located in the US that partner with an institution of higher education, or
-A US consortium of 2 or more of the organizations described above.

Technology Transfer Organizations interested in submitting proposals to PFI are strongly encouraged to partner with an Academic / Research U.S. institution to strengthen the technical component of their projects.

Who May Serve as PI:

The PI must have the technical skills required to execute the proposed research project.

In addition to the PI, PFI-TT proposals must include a Senior Personnel or co-PI who brings technology commercialization experience in the targeted fields of application or industry sector. The technology commercialization expert must have an active role in the project.

Lineage Requirement: The PFI-TT proposal track has a lineage requirement under one or two of the following paths: (1) through NSF-supported research results, or (2) NSF-supported customer discovery results through the NSF I-Corps Teams Program.

1. NSF-supported research results in all fields of science and engineering: Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have had an NSF award that ended no more than seven (7) years prior to the full proposal deadline date or be a current NSF award recipient. The proposed technology development project must be derived from the research results and/or discoveries from this underlying NSF award.


2. NSF-supported customer discovery results through the NSF I-Corps Teams Program. The Principal Investigator (PI) or a co-PI must have been a member of an award under the NSF I-Corps Teams Program ( The PI or co-PI must have fully completed the training provided under the I-Corps Team award within the past four (4) years. The customer discovery activities performed under the NSF-funded I-Corps award must be based on the technology that is proposed to be translated within the PFI proposal.

The following programs do not meet the NSF Lineage Requirement: the I-Corps Nodes award, training at an NSF I-Corps Site, any I-Corps-related training imparted by federal agencies or organizations other than NSF, Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experiences for Teachers (RET), the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), SBIR/STTR, and any prior PFI award.

Pre-Application Information:

Full Proposals are due by 5:00 PM submitter's local time on July 10, 2019.

Once all documents have been completed, the Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) must submit the application to and verify the desired funding opportunity and agency to which the application is submitted. The AOR must then sign and submit the application to The completed application will be transferred to the NSF FastLane system for further processing.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:
Jesus V. Soriano
(703) 292-7795

2415 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22314
For General Information: (703) 292-5111
TDD (for the hearing-impaired):(703) 292-5090

CFDA Number:

47.041 --- Engineering / 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 --- Geosciences / 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 --- Biological Sciences /47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources / 47.079 --- Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 --- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 19-506

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