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Accelerating Innovation Research (AIR)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived. See NSF 23-538, NSF 14-612, and NSF 16-591 for the latest documents.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


To accelerate the process of innovation, NSF is undertaking two related, new activities.  The first will encourage the translation of the numerous, technologically-promising, fundamental discoveries made by NSF researchers, while drawing upon and building the entrepreneurial spirit of the researchers and students.  The second activity will foster connections between an existing NSF innovation research alliance (including consortia such as Engineering Research Centers (ERC), Industry University Cooperative Research Centers (I/UCRC), Partnerships for Innovation (PFI), Science and Technology Centers (STC), Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers (NSEC), Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) grantees) and other institutions, whose complementary focus will spur the development of discoveries into innovative technologies through collaboration.  Both of these activities are designed to strengthen the U.S. innovation ecosystem.

WEBINAR:  A webinar will be held in September 2010 to answer any questions about this solicitation.  Details will be posted on the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) website (www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=iip) as they become available.

Program contacts

Rathindra DasGupta
Program Director
rdasgupt@nsf.gov (703) 292-8353

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