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  • August 2, 2007, Congress passed the America COMPETES Act (H.R. 2272)
  • Talking points:-Broad Distribution across the foundation (at 12 o’clock and moving clockwise)-On track to get to exceed 100 mentors-80 percent of the attendees “passed” the course. 1 blew-up on the launch pad, 1 blew up about 5 weeks in, 1 never fully engaged-Early Indicators of success:7 have gone on for SBIR ( 5 encouraged by NSF, 1 by themselves, 1 to EPA) – 1 has a license agreement2 are seeking private investment outside the SBIR routeBut there are opportunities to help many of the ones that are still “in play”-½ into the year and we are behind schedule. Why? How are we going to fix it (that is kind of what the rest of this of the presentation covers)

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  • 1. Industrial Innovation andPartnerships Division at the NSF Karlene A. Hoo, Ph.D. PD: Accelerating Innovation Research Univ. Nebraska Lincoln June 20, 2012 Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 1
  • 2. National Science Foundation National Science Board Office of the Inspector General Director Office of Dr. Subra Suresh Cyberinfrastructure Deputy Director Office of International Dr. Cora Marrett Science and Engineering Office of the General Counsel Directorate for Directorate for Directorate for Computer and Office of Legislative and Education and Public Affairs Biological Information Human Sciences Science and Resources Office of Equal Engineering Opportunity Programs Directorate for Directorate for Office of IntegrativeDirectorate Social, Activities Directorate for Mathematical for Geosciences and Physical Behavioral,Engineering Sciences and Economic Office of Polar Programs Sciences Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management Office of Information and Resource Management
  • 3. Directorate of Engineering Office of the Assistant Director Emerging Frontiers in Thomas Peterson Senior Advisor forResearch and Innovation (EFRI) Deputy Assistant Director Nanotechnology Kesh Narayanan Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Industrial Engineering Bioengineering, Mechanical, and Communications, Education and Environmental, Innovation and Manufacturing and Cyber Centers and Transport Partnerships Innovation Systems (EEC) Systems (IIP) (CMMI) (ECCS) (CBET) 3
  • 4. Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division Director Grace Wang Assessment and Diversity Academic Cheryl Albus Small Business Partnerships Partnerships Donald Senich Joe Hennessey Program Einstein Fellows Support Robert Pauley Grant Opportunities Manager Nanotechnology, Mark Supal for Academic Amanda May Advanced Materials & Liaison with Industry Manufacturing (NM) Operations Ben Schrag, Vacancy Donald Senich Specialist Greg Misiorek Industry/University Biological and Chemical Cooperative Technology (BC) Research Centers Ruth Shuman, Prakash Rathindra DasGupta Experts/Special Topics Balan, Jesus Soriano Larry Hornak George Vermont Electronics, Information & Innovation Cluster Analysts Communication Cheryl Albus Alex Schwarzkopf, Technology (EI) Kevin Simmons Juan Figueroa, Murali Nair, Glenn Larsen Partnerships for Innovation: Education ApplicationsPartnerships for Innovation: I-Corps Accelerating Innovation (EA)Building Innovation Capacity Errol Arkilic, Research (PFI-AIR) Glenn Larsen (PFI-BIC) Sara Nerlove Rathindra DasGupta Karlene Hoo 4
  • 5. IIP Vision & Mission• Vision - To be the pre-eminent federal resource driving the expansion of our nation’s innovation capacity by stimulating partnerships among industry, academe, investors, government and other stakeholders• Mission - IIP will enhance our nation’s economic competitiveness by catalyzing the transformation of discovery into societal benefits through stimulating partnerships and promoting learning environments for innovators 5
  • 6. Research: transformation ofmoney ( into knowledgeInnovation: transformation ofknowledge into money ( Geoffrey Nicholson 3M Retired Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 6
  • 7. NSF Innovation Investments I-Corps I/UCRC NSF overall SBIR ERC PFI: BIC, PFI: AIR GOALI STTR STC Industry Resources Invested Investors Translational Research Foundations Small Business University Discovery Development CommercializationSee http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/innovation.pdf
  • 8. NSF Innovation Investments I-Corps I/UCRC NSF overall SBIR ERC PFI: BIC, PFI: AIR GOALI STTR STC Industry Resources Invested Investors Translational translation/transition/transformation/transfer Research Foundations Small Business University Discovery Development CommercializationSee http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/innovation.pdf
  • 9. IIP Innovation Programs• GOALI• PFI: BIC• PFI: AIR• I/UCRC• I-Corps• SBIR/STTR
  • 10. IIP Academic Programs Academic Programs 07070000 FY 2010 FY 2011PFI: AIR $11,550,000GOALI $4,932,355 $4,701,057I-Corps $450,000I/UCRC $7,711,588 $8,467,732I/UCRC FundamentalResearch $674,852 $1,362,654PFI: BIC $9,245,760 $7,597,718 Total $22,564,555 $34,129,161
  • 11. Funding• Proposals must address NSF goals – Transform the Frontiers – Innovate for Society• NSF merit review criteria – Intellectual merit – Societal impact• Funding may be found in ENG and crosscutting/interdisciplinary programs Directorate for Engineering 11
  • 12. GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACADEMIC LIAISON WITH INDUSTRYPlease contact the appropriate disciplinary program office to obtain information aboutcurrent deadline dates.Please discuss with the appropriate disciplinary program office prior to submitting arequest for supplemental funding.
  • 13. Grants Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) Co-funding opportunities for academic proposals Goal  To promote university-industry partnerships by providing project funds or fellowships/traineeships to support an eclectic mix of industry-university linkages Three mechanisms  Faculty and students go to industry  Industrial scientist and/or engineer go to the university  Industry-University Collaborative Research Projects 13
  • 14. Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI)• Industry-University collaboration required for research and education aspects of the proposal• Required matching funds from industry for residence period in industry• NSF support university participation• Opportunities for future employment of students• Dissemination PlanTargets high-risk/high-gain research with a focus on fundamental research and directtransfer of new knowledge between academe and industry.Funds transformative research that lies beyond that which industry would normallyfund. 14
  • 15. GOALI: Distribution of 2009-2011 Awards by Directorate / Division 50Award Frequency 40 2009 GOALI Data 2009-2011 30 2010 2011 20 10 0 CCF CNS CBET CMMI ECCS EFRI IIP CHE DMR SES SMA CISE CISE ENG ENG ENG ENG ENG MPS MPS SBE SBE 15
  • 16. Why should you be interested?• Potential of wealth creation• Creation of new knowledge• Intellectually right thing to do• Potential employment opportunities• Making a real impact Innovation through Partnerships 16
  • 17. Designed to accelerate innovation that results in thecreation of new wealth and the building of stronglocal, regional, and national economies.
  • 18. ACA: Sec 508 Partnerships for Innovation Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 18
  • 19. Innovation Strategy for Sustainable Growth and Creation of Quality JobsEXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT: SEPT 2009•Catalyzing breakthroughs for national priorities•Promoting competitive markets that spur productive entrepreneurship•Investing in building blocks of American InnovationOSTP & NEC RFI: seeks public comments on whether proof-of-concept centers can be a means of stimulating thecommercialization of early-stage technologies by bridging the“valley of death.”OSTP & NEC RFI: 3/25/10 (75:57) In response to this … 19 Industrial Innovation & Partnerships
  • 20. PFI: Umbrella of subprograms BIC AIR Technology Research Translation Alliance• BIC: Building Innovation Capacity• AIR: Accelerating Innovation Research Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 20
  • 21. IIP’s Investments in an Innovation Ecosystem Shared goals: INNOVATION and PARTNERSHIPS•Promotes collaborations to stimulate the translation andtransfer of existing knowledge created by the researchenterprise into –market-valued solutions –potential commercial reality and spinoffs•Integrates multiple disciplines•Public- private partnerships -industries, practitioners, and others•Focus on research/technology platforms that enableengineered systems Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 21
  • 22. PFI: BIC (NSF 12-511) Building Innovation Capacity•Core –Academic researchers –At least 2 or more existing small businesses –Others: businesses, profit, not-for-profit, large, small, … –$600K/2-years per award –LOI required, Full proposal•Goals – Joining of academic and business perspectives –Businesses: “Takeaways” with potential to help them thrive and grow –Academics: Increased agility in adapting their existing research discoveries into market-valued solutions Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 22
  • 23. PFI: AIR Technology Translation (NSF 12-571)•Core– Single investigator or small groups of faculty– Current or 4-years prior NSF research award recipient– $150K/18-months per award– LOI required (Sept 12, 2012, Mar 13, 2013)– Full proposal (Nov 13, 2012, May 15, 2013)•Goals– To complete the necessary research such as proof-of-concept, prototyping and/or scale-up that addresses real-world constraints– To move more research discoveries on the path to becoming new technologies– To create entrepreneurial small groups of faculty Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 23
  • 24. PFI: AIR Research Alliance (NSF 12-571)•Core– NSF-funded research alliance –Others: another research entity, small business consortia, local/regional innovation entity– Third-party investment (1:1) - 75% cash match•Goals– Creates an innovation ecosystem –Translates and transfers existing research discoveries to commercial reality and potential spin-offs– Builds new partnerships– Develops entrepreneurial culture Industrial Innovation & Partnerships 24
  • 25. PFI: AIR Current Awards Industrial Innovation and Partnerships 25
  • 26. Letter of Intent Due (required)Planning Grant : must complete a workshopFull Center Proposal: must complete boot camp
  • 27. I/UCRCs enable discovery and innovation through collaborationKey Features:•Small investment from NSF Government•Primarily supported by industry center NSFmembers•A shared portfolio of pre-competitiveresearch projects•Research “franchise” I/UCRC Discovery & Innovation University Members Members Single or multi-university Include industry, other agencies (state & federal), and other organizations
  • 28. I/UCRC: Funding opportunity for academic institutions• Goals – Develop long-term partnerships among industry, academe and government – Leverage NSF funds with industry to support graduate students performing industrially- relevant research• 60 active centers (172 sites) 28
  • 29. I/UCRC: Leveraging of other NSF supportSome I/UCRCs have indicated that their current or past research resultswere enabled by research results or infrastructure supported by otherdivisions or Programs within NSF Innovation through Partnerships 29
  • 30. National Distribution of I/UCRCs ENG CISE60 Centers Plus Participating Over 760172 I/UCRC Sites International Sites Memberships
  • 31. I/UCRC: Technology sectors• Advanced Electronics (5)• Advanced Manufacturing & Materials (15)• Biotechnology (3)• Civil Infrastructure Systems (3)• Energy and Environment (9)• Fabrication & Processing (1)• Health and Safety (2)• Information, Communication and Computing (14)• System Design and Simulation (4)
  • 32. NSF 11-560To identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form ofmentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-partyfunding.
  • 33. I-Corps (Background) Leveraging NSF-lineage of previous support Small grants to focus on creating a commercialization roadmap Quick assessment Team-based Curriculum-focused
  • 34. I-Corps Team Entrepreneurial Lead  Post-doc or Student to move it forward I-Corps Mentor  Domain-relevant volunteer guide  Proximity is better Principal Investigator  Researcher with current or previous award
  • 35. I-Corps Curriculum Based on hypothesis-driven business-model discovery  Pioneered by Stanford and Steve Blank Focuses on addressing market risk Requires getting out of the lab  AT LEAST 15 hours of prep per week Mandatory for all I-Corps participants  First 3 Days (Stanford, …)  5 follow-on webinars with team presentations  2 Days (lessoned learned) in Stanford, …)
  • 36. I-Corps Approach Emphasizes experiential learning and feedback Challenges teams to create their own business model canvas Values revision and continual improvement of business development elements Expects teams to be inquisitive, motivated and capable of self management Full contact immersive class
  • 37. NSF I-Corps Program Cohorts Directorates Represented 99 1st cohort 128 2nd cohort7 106 4 85 44 63 2 42 1 1 210 0 CISE ENG MPS SBE BIO EHR CISE ENG MPS SBE BIO Additional Funding Proposals 15 1st cohort 11 7 10 5 2 1 0 SBIR Licensing Potential Pending Potential Agreement Candidates for Private Funding
  • 38. Feedback from the I-Corps Kickoff Your business “plan” is irrelevant… the truth is out there Its all about customer development  Don’t confuse search with execution Getting out of the Office is foreign to many Getting critical feedback is tough
  • 39. NSF 12-548Stimulates technological innovation in the private sector
  • 40. NSF SBIR/STTR ProgramsInvest in for-profit small businesses To Catalyze Technology Commercialization
  • 41. IA IAIA = Innovation Accelerator
  • 42. SBIR: Program Status• Total funding ~ $125 million (FY 2011)• 277 Phase I awards• 107 Phase II awards
  • 43. SBIR: Technology Thrusts• Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, and Manufacturing• Electronic, Information, and Communication Technologies• Biological and Chemical Technologies• Education Applications
  • 44. SBIR: Funding and Review Criteria• High-risk, high-payback innovations• High commercialization potential is a must• Proposals should demonstrate: – Sound research plan – Highly qualified technical and business team – Marketable product with significant commercialization potential
  • 45. Questions?• GOALI - grant opportunities for academic liaison with industry• PFI: BIC - partnerships for innovation: building innovation capacity• PFI: AIR - partnerships for innovation: accelerating innovation research (choice 1: Technology Translation, choice 2: Research Alliance)• I/UCRC - industry, university cooperative research centers• I-Corps - innovation corps• SBIR/STTR - small business innovation research/small business technology transfer research