Funding Opportunities

The NSF I-Corps program provides funding for exploration of transition of NSF funded research to the marketplace.  Through this program, NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.  The NSF I-Corps’ purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support – in the form of mentoring and funding – to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.  The goals of this program are to spur translation of fundamental research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.  The required Team includes 1) a PI with NSF funding in the last 5 years, 2) a Post-Doc, graduate or other student with relevant knowledge of the technology and a commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation, and 3) an entrepreneur with experience in university tech commercialization. Proposal submission windows are expected to open quarterly.  The funding amount is $50,000 per award with a 6 month duration of each award.

The NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (NSF PFI: AIR) program consists of two programmatic paths. The first, Technology Translation, encourages the translation of technologically-promising research discoveries made by prior and/or current NSF-funded investigators toward a path of commercialization; while the second path, Research Alliance, promotes synergistic collaborations between an existing NSF-funded research alliance (including consortia such as Engineering Research Centers, Industry University Cooperative Research Centers, Science and Technology Centers, Nanoscale Science and Engineering Centers, Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers, Centers for Chemical Innovation, and Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation grantees) and other public and private entities to motivate the translation and transfer of research discoveries into innovative technologies and commercial reality. Both of these choices are designed to accelerate innovation that results in the creation of new wealth and the building of strong local, regional, and national economies.

The Florida High Tech Corridor Matching Grants Research Program was established by the Florida Legislature to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and to help develop the workforce to support those industries in Central Florida.  The program’s primary focus is to foster applied university research leading to technology commercialization between the universities and central Florida high tech industry through a matching grants R&D program.  The program provides funding of up to $150k per project to match industry sponsored research at UF.  Note that funding has not been provided by the Florida Legislature to support this program at UF for the current fiscal year, but UF continues to pursue funding for future projects.

Florida IDEA grants program is a catalyst for technological breakthroughs developed in Central Florida that have a significant potential to successfully transition into commercially viable high-growth enterprises. The grants, which are up to $50,000 per recipient, support business plan research and development, reduce risk of early failure and advance projects to the point of suitability for angel or venture capital investment. In addition to the funding, winners will also benefit from mentoring by successful entrepreneurs and experienced investors; use of MBA interns; access to attorneys, accountants and marketing consultants; public recognition and access to growth capital.

The BIRD Foundation was established by the U.S. and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between the private sectors of the U.S. and Israeli high tech industries, including start-ups and established organizations. BIRD provides both matchmaking services between U.S. and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development and product commercialization costs.

NCIIA is excited to announce its new E-Team Program, providing early-stage support and funding of up to $75,000for student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. Next Deadline: October 5, 2012; Winter Deadline: February 1, 2013; Spring Deadline: May 10, 2013