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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Institutional Eligibility: 
Your proposal will need to be submitted in the name of Texas A&M University. The proposal will be prepared and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research Services (OSRS)

Limit on Number of Proposals:
Lead academic institutions are limited to participation on one proposal as a lead institution. A lead academic institution may NOT participate as a subawardee on any other proposal submitted under this solicitation. A lead academic institution, however, may be a partner (not receiving funding) on another proposal or may provide consultants to another proposal submitted under this solicitation.

PI Eligibility:
The PI cannot be a PI on a Partnership for Innovation award that will be active after September 30, 2013.
A PI who submits a proposal in response to this program solicitation may not also submit a proposal to the Partnerships for Innovation: Accelerating Innovation Research (PFI: AIR) program. 

Additional Eligibility Info:
Partner Organizations: Small Technology-Based Businesses
Number: At least 2 or more small technology-based businesses must participate in the project. (For a definition of small business, see
Age: One of these small businesses must have been founded no later than December 2011. One of these small businesses must have been founded no later than December 2007.
Partner Requirement: At least one of the small technology-based businesses must not have financial ties through ownerships, licensing, etc. with the lead institution or principal investigator. The ties between all of the small technology-based businesses to the lead institution must be clearly described; providing details of the financial, ownership, licensing and/other financial connections of the small technology-based business and the lead institution.
Business Acumen: It is important that considerable experience (of the non-technical, non-engineering, non-R&D) is brought to the collaboration. Each small technology-based business must have one team member with entrepreneurial and business experience as evidenced in the biographical sketches.

Webinar: A webinar will be held within 6 weeks of the release date of this solicitation to answer any questions about the solicitation. Details will be posted on the Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) website. ( as they become available.

National prosperity today has become more dependent upon research and technology. Thus, NSF's role of supporting discovery research across all fields of science and engineering has become increasingly more relevant to economic development. By establishing and expanding partnerships, existing research discovery findings from institutions of higher education can be translated to innovations.
This program solicitation, Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI: BIC) starts with an existing sound scientific and/or engineering-based research discovery that can be translated to market-valued solutions through a partnership between academe and small technology-based businesses. The funds will provide support to an academic institution to partner with at least two small technology-based businesses that are not in direct competition with each other to carry out early translational-research activities. The primary aims of the activities of this partnership are three-fold: (1) to build the innovation capacity of the individual participants from academe and from business; (2) to increase the viability of the small business concerns; and (3) to develop the next-generation workforce by providing opportunities for students at different levels to effectively learn from, participate in, and be profoundly changed by exposure to the process of building innovation capacity that occurs in BIC projects. The active collaboration between academe and business could result in solutions with potential for an impact on more than one market.

August 9, 2012, 5:00 pm:  Deadline for an email of intent. Include the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project. 

Send email of intent to

August 16, 2012, 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal preproposal.  

All proposals submitted for the Limited Submissions Awards must be submitted electronically using the on-line application system, which is available at:

Instructions for internal proposal:  Be prepared to upload a preliminary… executive summary, cv’s. budget.
This site is password protected. Texas A&M University tenure or tenure track faculty may use their neo password to access the system. To change your password go to:, click on "Forget your password?" and enter the email account you used to setup your account.  If you need to setup a new account go to:, click on "Need an eProposal Account," fill in the pertinent information and an account will be created for you.

If you have any questions, please contact or 979.845.1811.

August 21, 2012: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

September 26, 2012: Deadline to submit (Required) Letter of Intent by 5:00 pm local time.

December 12, 2012: Deadline for the Full preliminary proposal, by 5:00 pm local time of applicant organization

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.