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NSF Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Program Overview

Innovation programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) advance ideas from the lab to the marketplace to strengthen America’s economy, health, and security. The Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) in the Engineering Directorate leads several programs to translate fundamental research into market solutions. IIP supports researchers with promising technologies, as well as funding high-tech startups. The NSF plays a central role in accelerating the growth of the national ecosystem. Read more to learn about how you might fit in.

America's Seed Fund: SBIR and STTR

Are you a part of a startup looking to transform your ideas into products and services? Consider applying for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding. Total funding available is approximately $200 million every year and about $1.75 million per startup.

NSF Innovation Corps

Are you a researcher looking to extend your focus beyond the university laboratory? Consider applying for NSF I-Corps Teams funding to participate in the seven-week I-Corps curriculum. Teams receive mentoring, entrepreneurial training, and $50,000 for customer discovery.

Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRC)

Are you looking to build a research program to generate transformative research knowledge for technology development?  The IUCRC program catalyzes breakthrough pre-competitive research by enabling close and sustained engagement between industry innovators, world-class academic teams and government agencies.

Partnerships for Innovation (PFI)

or part of an NSF I-Corps Team looking to develop your technology into a prototype or proof of concept? Consider applying for an NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) grant. Receive up to $250,000 for a PFI Technology Translation grant or up to $550,000 for a PFI Research Partnership grant.