Skip to main content

Limited Submission Notice: National Science Foundation, Partnerships for Innovation (PFI), Research Partnerships Track


National Science Foundation (NSF)


The Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) programs supports researchers and innovators in accelerating the development of breakthrough technologies by providing a technology testbed to gain market insights, launch a commercial application or facilitate industry adoption. The program helps researchers translate basic research into technologies. During the program, researchers will experience one or more of the following intended outcomes: develop groundbreaking technologies, license NSF-funded intellectual property, engage in industry partnerships, gain innovation and entrepreneurial skills.

There are two tracks in the program: (1) Research Partnerships (RP) and (2) Technology Translation (TT). The RP track is a limited submission opportunity and requires an industry partnership. The TT track is not a limited submission opportunity and does not require an industry partner. For both tracks, the Principal Investigator or a Co-Principal Investigator must have current or prior NSF funding in the past seven years for the project.

Proposals are accepted three times a year (May, September, and January).

For more information, view the full NSF Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) (NSF 23-538) solicitation.


PFI-RP Track Awards – Up to $1,000,000 per award for a duration of up to 3 years

Limited Submission Requirements and Timeline:

One (1) PFI-RP track proposal per lead institution per submission deadline. This limited submission is for the May 7, 2024 deadline.

Only proposals approved by the Division of Research and Economic Development may be submitted to the PFI-RP track.

For such approval, Principal Investigators must first submit a Notice of Interest to by 4 pm on March 6, 2024.

In the Notice of Interest submission, you must indicate the title of the NSF-funded project awarded in the last seven years that the proposed work is derived from and who on your team received the award.

**If necessary, a further white paper round may be required**

Key Submission Dates:

  • March 6, 2024 by 4 pm – Notice of Interest due to
  • March 8, 2024 – Anticipated date applicants will be notified of approval to advance toward white paper round or full submission
  • April 30, 2024 – All final proposal documents due to OSP
  • May 7, 2024 – Full proposal due to NSF

Important Note on Sponsor Requirements:

A PFI-RP proposal must include an industry partner who is a member or employee of the required industrial partner organization and closely collaborates with the PFI team, including mentoring faculty, students and postdoctoral researchers.

NOTE: Please send all inquiries and submissions for Limited Submission opportunities to