This grant supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team with a least one industry partner to build technological, human, and service system innovation capacity. These partnerships focus on the integration of technologies into a specified human-centered smart service system with the potential to achieve transformational change in an existing service system or to spur an entirely new service system. These technologies have been inspired by existing breakthrough discoveries.
PFI:BIC funds research partnerships working on projects that operate in the post-fundamental discovery space but precede being on a clear path to commercialization. These projects require additional effort to integrate the technology into a real service system with human factors considerations, which in turn might spawn additional discoveries inspired by this interaction of humans with the technology.
Awards may be up to $1,00,000 with an award duration of three (3) years. In other words, the total budget request to NSF for the lead institution and all others participating in the project cannot exceed $1,000,000. Ten awards of $1,000,000 each are anticipated. Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.
· Pay close attention needs to be paid to the Additional Eligibility Information.
· The PI cannot concurrently be a PI on more than one active PFI:BIC award.
· A PI who is named in a proposal in response to this program solicitation may not be named in a proposal for funding consideration in the same fiscal year to the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI:AIR) program.
Limitation: Two per Indiana University
Academic institutions are limited to participation on two (2) proposals as a lead institution preferably involving distinct application areas. A lead academic institution that has submitted a proposal has the option to participate as a subawardee on any other proposal submitted under this solicitation. Lead academic institutions that have submitted a proposal may also provide consultants to other proposals submitted under this solicitation.
To apply for IU Internal competition:
The selection process will include two phases.
PHASE 1 – Letter of intent – Required
To be considered, submit a letter of intent which can be used to convey important aspects of the project, such as information about the required components: engineering, computer science, and social, behavioral and/or cognitive science and other scientific components and a preliminary list of participants to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 1, 2014. It can include:
- Synopsis (Limit: 2500 characters, including spaces) convey important aspects of the project, such as information about not only the discipline(s) related to the technology, but also the disciplines to be included in this project: 1) systems engineering or engineering design, 2) computer science/information technology, and 3) human factors/behavioral science/cognitive engineering.
- Other Comments (Limit: 2500 characters, including spaces)
- Service System: Describe briefly the technology-based “smart” service system that is the focus of the project and how the technology will contribute to the creation or transformation of it. (Limit: 255 characters, including spaces)
- For the Primary Industrial Partner(s): Provide for each: Name, Founding Date, Number of Employees, Location (City & State), Commercial Revenues for the preceding calendar year, and Project Role (s). Reasonable abbreviations can be used. If you cannot accommodate the information, include the rest of the information under Other Comments (Limit: 255 characters, including spaces)
- Human Factors Tasks to be carried out which are essential to the operation of the Smart Service System: List a few major research activities which illustrate inclusion of human-centered considerations. (Limit: 255 characters, including spaces)
If more than two internal LOIs are received, those submitting will be asked to participate in Phase 2.
PHASE 2 – Internal Application (only those submitting internal LOIs will be considered)
Submit the following documents electronically to email@example.com, by October 13, 2014 for internal coordination.
- Project Summary consisting of an overview, a statement on the intellectual merit of the proposed activity, and a statement on the broader impacts of the proposed activity. (Limit: 1 page)
- List of participating senior investigators (faculty level and equivalent) by full name, institutional affiliation, and departmental affiliation. (Limit: 1 page)
- Brief project description that includes at least the following elements: the importance of the research discovery; how the partnership came about; the exciting potential of the discovery to expand what the technology can enable, including market needs that might be addressed; how the partnership might evolve if the project is successful; and how the outcomes of the collaboration across organizations and disciplines will be greater than the sum of the outcomes of the primary individual partners alone. (Limit: 2 pages)
- Letter of support from Chair or Dean of submitting PI.
- Abbreviated CV for the PI(s) (Limit: 2 pages each)
Limited Submission URL: http://limsub.iu.edu/limsub/LimSubDetail.asp?Number=2336
IU Internal Letter of Intent Deadline (required): 10/1/2014
IU Internal Application Deadline: (if needed) 10/13/2014
Required NSF Letter of Intent Deadline: 12/3/2014
NSF Full Proposal Deadline: 1/28/2015
IUPUI applicants must copy Etta Ward, firstname.lastname@example.org, on submissions.