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Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

A new directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation

One year ago, under the leadership of Director Sethuraman Panchanathan, the U.S. National Science Foundation announced the establishment of the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or TIP, the agency's first new directorate in more than 30 years.

Just a few months later, Congress passed the "CHIPS and Science Act," authorizing the establishment of the directorate and charging it with the critical mission of advancing U.S. competitiveness through investments that accelerate the development of key technologies and address pressing societal and economic challenges.

Maximizing NSF’s impact

NSF has advanced the full spectrum of fundamental research and education in all fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, for more than 70 years — from foundational, curiosity-driven research that has led to new knowledge about our world, to use-inspired, solution-oriented research that has directly impacted people's everyday lives. At every stage, investments across this spectrum have been deeply intertwined.

NSF's TIP Directorate doubles down on the agency's commitment to support use-inspired research and the translation of research results to the market and society. In doing so, the new directorate strengthens the intense interplay between foundational and use-inspired work, enhancing the full cycle of discovery and innovation.

Mobilizing the collective power of the nation

TIP is a crosscutting platform that collaboratively integrates with NSF's existing directorates and fosters partnerships — with government, industry, nonprofits, civil society and communities of practice — to leverage, energize and rapidly bring to society use-inspired research and innovation.

TIP spurs NSF and the science, engineering and technology community forward to new innovations and impacts. TIP meets the nation's priorities by providing researchers and innovators with education, tools and funding to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies and speed solutions forward.

TIP comprises three primary focus areas

The directorate works closely with the entire agency to leverage ongoing research investments to drive research and innovation across all science and engineering fields, leading more rapidly to societal and economic benefits.

Innovation and Technology Ecosystems

Fostering Innovation and Technology Ecosystems

Accelerates breakthroughs in key technology areas to grow long-term U.S. competitiveness, leading to game-changing technologies and solutions that address societal and economic challenges and pave the way for new, high-wage jobs.

Learn about TIP programs to foster and develop ecosystems.

Translational Pathways

Establishing Translation Pathways

Accelerates the translation of research results to practice. Programs aligned to this focus provide pathways for researchers, startups and aspiring entrepreneurs to move their ideas from the laboratory to the market and society. 

Learn about TIP programs for technology translation.

Engage Diverse Talent

Partnering to Engage the Nation’s Diverse Talent

Ignites partnerships among academia, industry, government, nonprofits, civil society and communities of practice to blend expertise and resources, advancing research, innovation and education.

Learn about TIP partnerships engagement.

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