The Division of Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) held a Virtual Office Hour on May 21st, 2020 focused on highlighting three funding venues aimed at providing opportunities for researchers who have new biological discoveries that they would like to translate to practical outcomes. These are:
The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program has the goal of reducing the time/risk of translating promising research to the marketplace. The solicitation number is NSF 20-529 (please click for the hyperlink to the NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program). The full proposal deadline is 13 August 2020.
Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) provides a way to submit grant proposals to a regular NSF program along with industry partner as PI or senior personnel. The goal is to address research problems in which academic researchers and industrial partners have shared interests. The grant proposals should be submitted to any core IOS program using the instructions in PAPPG 20-1 (please click for the hyperlink to the appropriate section of the Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide [PAPPG]).
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Seed Funding. The goal of this initiative is to receive pitches for translatable discovery ideas and help their pre-competitive development with seed funding (please click for the hyperlink to the SBIR/STTR website). Please come back for the June 18th IOS Virtual Office Hour to hear more from Dr. Erik Pierstorff, Program Director in the SBIR Program!
In addition to questions about the above programs, attendees asked about the use of vertebrate animals in research in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. For information on this topic, please refer to NSF’s coronavirus information page: https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/covid19/covid19_vertebrateanimals.pdf
Join us at our next IOS Office Hour that will be held on Thursday, June 18th, 2020 at 1 pm EDT, when IOS program directors will be available to answer questions from the community and pass on information to investigators interested in IOS. Our June IOS Office Hour will focus on the CAREER proposal solicitation (NSF Solicitation 20-525) and include a more detailed presentation about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.