Through the Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) program, the National Science Foundation (NSF) offers researchers from all disciplines of science and engineering the opportunity to perform translational research and technology development, catalyze partnerships and accelerate the transition of discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace for societal benefit. Join GUIRR for a webinar with Jesus Soriano Molla, Program Director for the PFI program, to discuss the challenges faced by academic institutions when trying to commercialize the output of federally funded research, and how NSF supports partnerships between academia and industry through the PFI program and other initiatives.
PFI has five broad goals, as set forth by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017:
1. identifying and supporting NSF-sponsored research and technologies that have the potential for accelerated commercialization;
2. supporting prior or current NSF-sponsored investigators, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations that partner with an institution of higher education in undertaking proof-of-concept work, including the development of technology prototypes that are derived from NSF-sponsored research and have potential market value;
3. promoting sustainable partnerships between NSF-funded institutions, industry, and other organizations within academia and the private sector with the purpose of accelerating the transfer of technology;
4. developing multi-disciplinary innovation ecosystems which involve and are responsive to the specific needs of academia and industry;
5. providing professional development, mentoring, and advice in entrepreneurship, project management, and technology and business development to innovators.