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

NSF 14-610


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, October 20, 2014 (by midnight)

The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with a least one industry partner to build technological, human, and service system innovation capacity. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. These technologies have been inspired by existing breakthrough discoveries.

Service systems are socio-technical configurations of people, technologies, organizations, and information designed to deliver services that create and deliver value [1]. A "smart" service system is a system capable of learning, dynamic adaptation, and decision making based upon data received, transmitted, and/or processed to improve its response to a future situation. The system does so through self-detection, self-diagnosing, self-correcting, self-monitoring, self-organizing, self-replicating, or self-controlled functions. These capabilities are the result of the incorporation of technologies for sensing, actuation, coordination, communication, control, etc. The system may exhibit a sequence of features such as detection, classification, and localization that lead to an outcome occurring within a reasonable time.


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
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