NSF GOALI funding – connecting Universities & Industry
Published on October 2, 2010 by Paul Secor · No Comments
A major objective of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is to improve the nation’s capacity for intellectual and economic growth by increasing the number of industrial partnerships and collaborations. By serving as a catalyst for industry-university partnerships, NSF helps ensure that intellectual capital and emerging technologies are brought together in ways that promote economic growth and an improved quality of life. Benefits to universities may include extensions to in-house research capabilities, alignment of efforts with viable technology options; direct and more immediate impact on technology and its design infrastructure; and the training of students for industrial positions. Possible benefits for industry include more research-intensive activities, investigations of high-risk ideas, increased efforts towards research, shortening the research and development cycles, training students for future employment, and vetting of future hires.
To meet this objective, the GOALI program seeks to stimulate interactions and staff exchange between universities and industry. For example, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students are encouraged to develop creative modes of collaborative interactions with industry through individual or small-group projects, and industry-based fellowships or traineeships for students and post-doctoral fellows. The GOALI mechanisms suggested below are examples only and proposers are encouraged to modify or adapt them to meet individual needs or realize imaginative ideas.
Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant or Fellowship or Supplement to Existing Award
Estimated Number of Awards: 60 to 80 awards.
Anticipated Funding Amount: $5,000,000 total expected from all participating directorates.
Examples of Proposal Ideas
- An extended faculty experience in industry (of several months duration) to foster industry-university collaboration;
- A faculty visit to industry (of several months duration) at the beginning of a multiple-year university-based research project to better enable the transfer of research results to industry by project’s end;
- Visit of a leading engineer, scientist, or manager from industry to a university, to catalyze collaborative research or teach and develop curricula;
- Support for one or two semesters of work in industry by a graduate or an undergraduate student under the guidance of an academic advisor;
- Post-doctoral support for one or two years of work in an industrial setting, under the guidance of an academic mentor in collaboration with an industrial partner;
- Support for a supplement to an existing grant for high-risk/high-gain research in order to gain basic knowledge necessary for development of a generic technology;
- Opportunities for graduate students and faculty to attend planned seminars or carry-out of research;
- Support of untenured faculty for an internship in industry;
- Research Experiences for Industry (REI) opportunity support;
- University-based support for partnering university and industry scientists, or engineers, or both on a research project of mutual interest, including joint graduate student advising. A letter from the industrial collaborator(s) documenting the intention to collaborate should be appended to the proposal;
- Support for interdisciplinary research or educational projects of two or three faculty from different academic units to interact with one or more industrial partners in a virtual industry-university group or network;
- Research support in conjunction with a new industrial chair position,
- Support for continuing education in industry towards advanced degrees; and
- Research Experiences for Teachers in Industry (RETI) to gain research experience in an industrial setting.