UHM internal competition guidelines for the National Science Foundation Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) NSF 18-511, limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL: www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18511/nsf18511.htm

Program Synopsis

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Program within the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) offers researchers the opportunity to transform new knowledge into societal benefits through translational research and technology development efforts which catalyze partnerships to accelerate innovations that address significant societal needs.

This solicitation offers two broad tracks for proposals:

The Technology Translation (PFI-TT) track offers an NSF-funded researcher the opportunity to advance his or her prior NSF-funded research results towards developing technological innovations with promising commercial potential and societal impact. Projects are supported to demonstrate proof-of-concept, prototype, or technology development and scale-up while exposing faculty and students (and engaging them in) in innovation and entrepreneurially-focused activities that could possibly lead to partnership opportunities, the creation of new intellectual property and technologically-driven commercialization outcomes that address societal needs. Potential pathways forward within the PFI-TT track could be broader collaborative activities and partnerships, technology licensing, technology spin-outs, and expanded entrepreneurial activity.

The Research Partnerships (PFI-RP) track provides an opportunity to support technology development activities through a multi-organization collaboration. NSF recognizes that interdisciplinary collaboration is often needed to achieve successful technology development. This proposal track supports a research consortium ecosystem focused on a clear project thrust. It allows for partnerships between academic researchers and a variety of third-party organizations (such as industry, non-academic research organizations, federal laboratories, public or non-profit technology transfer organizations, and/or other universities) to conduct applied research in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, on problems typically beyond the reach of a single researcher.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 2

An organization may submit no more than two (2) proposals to this solicitation. This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first two proposals received will be accepted, and the remainder will be returned without review. An organization will not receive more than one (1) award from this solicitation.

Who May Serve as PI

Please read carefully the PI requirements listed in the full solicitation (url above) for the PFI-TT and PFI-RP proposal tracks, as there are specific requirements for each.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2

A PI or co-PI may submit up to two proposals to the solicitation. These could be two proposals to PFI-TT, one proposal each to PFI-TT and PFI-RP or two proposals to PFI-RP. A PI or co-PI will not receive more than one award from this solicitation.

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_PFI_pdf

  1. Cover page. Include the following:
    1. Proposal title: For projects targeting Technology Transfer, begin the title with PFI-TT: _____; and for projects targeting Research Partnerships, begin the title with PFI-RP: _____.
    2. PI name, position title, department, address, phone, email address.
    3. Lead institution and list of partnering entities.
    4. Names of other co-PIs and/or key personnel, position title, department/entity.
  2. Program Narrative (Total 4 pages). Provide a summary narrative addressing the specific information detailed in the full solicitation (see url above) including;
    1. Project Summary (1 page max)
      1. Provide a summary addressing the following:
      2. Overview
      3. Intellectual Merit
      4. Broader Impacts
    2. Project description (3 pages max). Provide a brief description of the following:
      1. Executive Summary
      2. Overview and Motivation
      3. Market Opportunity and Intellectual Property
      4. Commercialization Strategy
      5. Project Team
      6. Training and Involvement of Students
      7. Research Lineage
  3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and any Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Monday December 18th, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, AVCR.

NSF’s application due date: Full proposal is due February 01, 2018


Please contact Chad Walton (cwalton@hawaii.edu), Research Program Officer in the OVCR if you are thinking about applying to this solicitation. He may be able to assist in finding appropriate partners and, if there is sufficient interest, will hold a Town Hall to discuss strategies and to field any questions.

Also, webinars will be held to answer questions about the solicitation. Registration will be available on the NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships website (www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?div=IIP).

Potential proposers and their partners are encouraged to attend.