University of Southern California


NSF-16-591: Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC)

Slots:                                                   Two                      
LOI:                                                     October 14, 2016, 5pm PDT                       
Internal Deadline:                            September 9, 2016; 5pm
External Deadline:                           November 16, 2016
Award Information:                        Type: Standard Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 10
Anticipated Amount:$10,000,000

NSF will make awards subject to the availability of funds and quality of proposals. Awards may be up to $1,000,000, 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.

Cost Sharing:                                   Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application utilizing the Office of Research’s Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                  


The National Science Foundation invites requests for funding in the area of smart service systems under this Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) solicitation. The hallmark of PFI:BIC is an academe-industry partnership crafted to collaborate on research to advance and adapt novel technology(ies) for integration into a specified human-centered smart service system. Sensing, actuating, and computational and communication technologies and their integration into smart service systems have the potential for abundant societal and economic benefits.

The perspectives, competencies, and commitments of both academe and industry are needed to address the central issue of advancing and adapting technology to interact with humans in order to create or add value in a service system. Knowledge gained in the course of the integration process may generate additional research activities and additional discoveries that will become essential part(s) of the system.

Clear understanding of the state of the art of the technologies, as well as of the research in the knowledge area(s) being advanced, and a review of the commercial competitive landscape of available solutions to the proposed service system are required. This knowledge should help not only to guide project activities, but also to act as a filter when a proposer and his/her institution is deciding whether a project is a viable candidate for submission.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.