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Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC)

NSF 13-587


The Research Office, Incentive Programs is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation – Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) program.

Research Office Letter of Intent submission deadline: Monday, September 16, 2013 (5:00 PM)

The PFI:BIC program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with at least one industry partner, to collaborate in building technological and human innovation capacity. This innovation capacity is intended to endure beyond the initial award. Partnerships that build the capacity to innovate are expected to be effective at innovating and able to continue to innovate. They are highly intentional about creating an environment that fosters innovation. These partnerships not only develop new technology but also foster the development of human capital that embraces a culture of change, nurtures the generation of new ideas, and considers feedback an integral part of the innovation processes. Partnership members are diverse, representing a spectrum of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Partnership activities that drive sustained innovation include the targeted allocation of resources such as capital, time, facilities; and sharing of knowledge in a cross-organizational and interdisciplinary context.

The PFI:BIC partnership team should focus on technological innovations with potential for significant economic/societal impact. The team collaborates on research, focusing on novel applications motivated by existing research discoveries and based on a platform technology with the potential to achieve transformational change in existing service systems or to spur entirely new service systems. To attain this goal, these partnerships, which inherently require interdisciplinary research, must address what is needed to advance this technology so as to enable a "smart" service system or systems to enter into the commercialization process, succeed in the marketplace, and achieve positive economic, social, and environmental outcomes. Such advancement involves not only engineering, computer science, and other fields of science, but also an understanding of the potential interaction of the technology with customers and the broader public affected by the technology, the "socio-technical system." A full understanding of the socio-technical system will require interdisciplinary teams that include social, behavior, and/or cognitive sciences. Finally, the team should demonstrate an understanding of potential commercial applications and markets, which should contribute to guiding the project activities.

Limit Summary: Academic institutions are limited to participation on two proposals as a lead institution.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than two proposals are submitted. The finalists will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposals to the NSF – PFI:BIC program by the NSF letter of intent deadline of November 18, 2013.

Information:  Mary Phillips at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu

Guidance for preparation of Letter of Intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • NSF Program Title
  • PI/Co-PI, Department and College
  • Project description including:
    • The importance of the research discovery
    • How the partnership came about
    • The potential of the discovery to expand what the technology can enable
    • How the partnership might evolve if the project is successful
    • Broader Impacts Statement
    • Detailed budget being requested from NSF (limit one page)
    • Standard NSF style biosketch for PI (limit two pages)
    • Letters on intent are limited to six pages (including budget and biosketch, single spaced, 12 pt. font)
    • Submit electronically as a MS Word or PDF document to:  molly.mcferran@oregonstate.edu

Contact Info

Incentive Programs
Research Office
Oregon State University
A312 Kerr Administration
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone 541-737-8390
Fax 541-737-9041
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