Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR) NSF 12-571, replaces NSF 12-511

AWARD:  40 to 47 awards totaling $14.250M,  The budget for the “PFI: AIR Technology Translation” is up to $150,000 for 18 months per award; approximately 30 – 35 awards will be made.  The budget for the “PFI: AIR Research Alliance” is up to $800,000 for up to twenty-four months per award; approximately 10 – 12 awards will be made.


SCOPE:  To continue to strengthen the innovation ecosystem, NSF is revising NSF 12-511 to promote two choices under the PFI:AIR program. (1) Technology Translation, encourages the translation of technologically-promising research discoveries made by prior and/or current NSF-funded investigators toward a path of commercialization.  (2) Research Alliance, promotes synergistic collaborations between an existing NSF-funded research alliance (including consortia such as Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grantees) and other public and private entities to motivate the translation and transfer of research discoveries into innovative technologies and commercial reality. Both of these choices are designed to accelerate innovation that results in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national economies.

WEBINAR: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about this solicitation. Details will be posted on the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) website ( as they become available.



–           Karlene A. Hoo, (703) 292-4609, email: [email protected]

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