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NSF Funding to Build Industry Partnerships

Posted By Megan Ballard, Monday, August 19, 2013

 The National Science Foundation’s Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports the creation of an entrepreneurial culture on community college campuses through the implementation of two of NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship action steps:·        

  • Engaging in Industry Cluster Development, and 
  • Leveraging Both Community College and Community Assets to Spur Innovation and Job Creation

How? NSF funding (up to $800,000 over three years) supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team and include at least one industry partner. The focus of the upcoming three-year grant cycle is platform technologies to enable "smart" service systems, during which these interdisciplinary teams collaborate on research that addresses what is needed to advance platform technologies to enable "smart” service systems to "enter into the commercialization process, succeed in the marketplace, and achieve positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes.” Examples of technology applied within service systems include "smart healthcare, smart cities, on-demand transportation, precision agriculture, smart infrastructure, and other technologies enabling self-service and customized service solutions.”  

Deadline for letters of intent: November 18, 2013

Full proposal deadline: January 27, 2014

Estimated number of awards: 10

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