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Innovation in science and technology has been the dominant source of productivity gains and new enterprises in the U.S. economy over the last 50 years, accounting for as much as 50% of US economic growth. The National Science Foundation's Partnership for Innovation (PFI) goals are to 1) stimulate the transformation of knowledge created by the national research and education enterprise into innovations that create new wealth, build strong local, regional and national economies and improve the national well-being; 2) broaden the participation of all types of academic institutions and all citizens in NSF activities to more fully meet the broad workforce needs of the national innovation enterprise; and 3) catalyze or enhance enabling infrastructure necessary to foster and sustain innovation in the long-term.

For the purposes of this program, "innovation" explicitly extends both to developing the people and tools and to creating the necessary organizational conditions to foster the transformation of knowledge into the products, processes, systems and services that fuel economic development, create wealth and generate improvements in the national standard of living. In order to accomplish these goals, proposals may propose any one or combination of the following activities: (1) research, technology transfer and/or commercialization, (2) workforce education and/or training, and (3) establishing the infrastructure to accomplish or enable innovation.

MU can submit one application as the lead institution and a second as a subcontracting institution.  The subcontract “slot” for this year has been filled. Because MU may serve as the lead institution for only one PFI proposal, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research, 203 Jesse Hall, no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005.  Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include a description of the project and how it fits with PFI goals, especially the activities that stimulate and foster economic and/or societal well-being; and an outline of the planned budget.

Amount: NSF will make 15-25 awards, up to $600,000, for award durations of two or three years. Total funding of approximately $9.0 million is anticipated. 
Campus Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 1, 2005, for letters of intent
NSF Deadlines: Letter of Intent Due Date (optional): April 1, 2005
  Full proposal deadline: June 3, 2005

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in science, engineering, technology, policy, and education disciplines.  Please forward it to faculty who may be interested.


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