Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity

The summary for the Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the National Science Foundation, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity: The Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) program supports academe-industry partnerships which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with a least one industry partner. In this program, there is a heavy emphasis on the quality, composition, and participation of the partners, including the appropriate contributions for each role. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered service system with the potential to achieve transformational change, satisfying a real need by making an existing service system smart(er) or by spurring the creation of an entirely new smart service system. The selected service system should function as a test bed.

Service systems are socio-technical configurations of people, technologies, organizations, and information<a style="background-color: #ffffff;" name="fn1ref"></a><a href="#fn1">[1]</a>designed to create value byfulfilling the needs of those participating in the system. A "smart" service system is a system that amplifies or augments human capabilities<a style="background-color: #ffffff;" name="fnref2"></a><a href="#fn2">[2]</a>to identify, learn, adapt, monitor and make decisions. The system utilizes data received, transmitted, or processed in a timelymanner, thus improving its response to future situations. These capabilities are the result of the incorporation of technologies for sensing, actuation, coordination, communication, control, etc.

PFI:BIC funds research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental/translational space; the proposers must be mindful of the state of the art and the competitive landscape, yet recognize that it is not a central task in this proposal to carve out, or be on, a clear path to commercialization. These projects require additional effort to integrate the technology into a real service system, incorporating human factors considerations to assure the system&rsquo;s efficacy. The research tasks in turn might spawn additional discoveries inspired by this interaction of humans with the technology.

Partnership activities that drive sustained innovation include the targeted allocation of resources such as capital, time, and facilities; and sharing of knowledge in a cross-organizational and interdisciplinary context. The research tasks of the project must demonstrate a highly collaborative research plan involving participation of the primary industrial partner(s) as well as of any other primary partners with the academic researcher during the life of the award.

NSF recognizes that a highly interdisciplinary collaboration involving many areas of expertise beyond those related to the technology is needed to achieve successful integration into a smart service system. The research components to be included in this project are: 1) engineered system design and integration; 2) computing, sensing, and information technologies; and 3) human factors, behavioral sciences, and cognitive engineering. The proposer must show how these components will be integrated in the context of the project as part of the research plan in the Project Description.

WEBINARS: Webinars will be held to answer questions about the solicitation. Register on the PFI:BIC website where details will be posted (<a href=""></a>). Potential proposers and their partners are encouraged to attend. Also encouraged to attend are the following stakeholders in the successful review of PFI:BIC proposals: Vice Presidents for Research, Vice Presidents for Research and Innovation, and academic personnel concerned with the review of their respective institution&rsquo;s selection of candidates for submission, individuals from Sponsored Research Offices, and those focused on the identification and understanding of limited application submissions.

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<a name="fn1"></a>[<a href="#fn1ref">1</a>]Spohrer, J., Maglio, P., Bailey, J., Gruhl, D. (2007). Steps towards a science of service systems. Computer 40(1):71-77. doi:10.1109/MC.2007.33.

<a name="fn2"></a><a href="#fnref2">[2]</a> Ng, I. (2015). The Internet of Everything and the Future of Service. Speech, 2015 Frontiers in Service Conference in San Jose, CA. Accessible online at:
Federal Grant Title: Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity
Federal Agency Name: National Science Foundation
Grant Categories: Science and Technology
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: 15-610
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 47.041, 47.070
CFDA Descriptions: Engineering Grants; Computer and Information Science and Engineering
Current Application Deadline: Jan 27, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Jan 27, 2016
Posted Date: Sep 19, 2015
Creation Date: Sep 19, 2015
Archive Date: Feb 26, 2016
Total Program Funding: $10,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: none
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
*Who May Submit Proposals: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:
U.S. universities and two-and four-year colleges (including community and technical colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations are also referred to as academic institutions. The lead (submitting) organization must be an academic institution.

For a single project, only one proposal should be submitted, and the lead academic institution should be the submitter. Additional partners that will be compensated via the grant should participate as subawardees in the proposal (rather than submitting a separate proposal); i.e., no separately submitted collaborative proposals will be accepted.

*Who May Serve as PI:

The PI cannot concurrently be a PI on more than one active PFI:BIC award.
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