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University of Wisconsin–Madison

NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) 2016

To:Chairs and Administrators, Departments in the Biological & Physical Sciences; Associate Deans for Research; College/School Research Administrators
From:Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research & Graduate Education
Date:September 24, 2015
Subject:NSF Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) 2016 NSF 15-610


Deadline for Internal Review:October 26, 2015

Project Description

Partnerships for Innovation: Building Innovation Capacity (PFI:BIC) supports academe-industry partnerships, which are led by an interdisciplinary academic research team collaborating with at least one industry partner in order to carry out research to advance, adapt, and integrate technology(ies)into a specified, human-centered smart service system. The selected service system should function as a technology test bed.

Partnership projects are unrestricted as to domain knowledge and application areas and should be in the translational, pre-commercialization space, building on fundamental research discoveries with the objective of creating or transforming a “smart(er)” service system that has the potential for significant social and economic impact.

Amount per Award: Up to $1,000,000
Duration of Award: 3 Years
Number of Awards: 10 Awards


UW-Madison is allowed to submit 2 Letters of Intent followed by full Proposals as a lead institution. Please read the full solicitation for PI eligibility.


Internal Competition Application Instructions

Applications for Internal Review

To submit your application, follow this link:

Attach a PDF containing information requested in NSF LOI Solicitation:

(This is the Content/Format requirements taken directly from the NSF solicitation)

Letters of intent have length limitations. The first two sections, Synopsis and Other Comments (each 2500 characters maximum, including spaces), should be used to convey important aspects of the project, such as information about the areas of expertise that comprise the three required components of this project: 1) engineered service system design and integration; 2) computing, sensing, and information technologies; and 3) human factors, behavioral sciences, and cognitive engineering.

Under Additional Information, three (3) data fields are provided. Each data field can contain a maximum of 255 characters or approximately 30 words for each section. For PFI:BIC, these are as follows:

Test Bed for Technology Integration: Briefly describe the technology-based “smart” service system and how the technology will contribute to its efficacy.
Primary Industrial Partner(s): Provide for each: Name, Founding Date, Number of Employees, Location (City & State), Commercial Revenues for the preceding calendar year, and Project Role (s). Reasonable abbreviations can be used. If you cannot accommodate the information, include the rest of the information under Other Comments (see above).
Human Factors Research Tasks to be carried out which are essential to the operation of the smart service system. List a few major research activities which illustrate inclusion of human-centered considerations


Sponsor Deadlines

Letters of Intent are due to NSF by December 02, 2015. Applications are due to NSF by January 27, 2016.