Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

Revision: NSF Partnerships for Innovation Program (PFI)

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
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Limited Submission Announcement

NSF has issued a new announcement for the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program. The composition of the institutional base of the partnerships and other program requirements underwent substantial change. As a result, below is a new internal competition announcement with a change of due date and requested information.

The National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program stimulates 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 these goals, the PFI competition for FY 2011 funds will provide support for innovation capacity building to sustained, dynamic interactive knowledge-enhancing 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. These newly created partnership groups will provide small group process models for innovation, their hallmark being a collaboration in which research and its translation paths are shaped and expanded from both the research and the business perspectives. While the centerpiece of this group is academe and small business, large businesses and non-profits may participate in this core knowledge-enhancement partnership unit, which in turn may be embedded in the broader network of a PFI partnership.

Because MU is limited to participation in only one proposal for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include the following: 1) the name of the lead institution for the project and other participating entities, 2) a brief description of the platform and how it can be applied to many markets and problems/opportunities, 3) the roles and activities of the participating entities, 4) the potential impact of the proposed platform to U.S. competitiveness, 5) a brief description of assessment plans, and 6) names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Up to $600,000 with an award duration of two or three years.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2010

External Proposal Deadlines

Required letters of intent are due October 1, 2010.
Full proposals are due December 4, 2010.


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