Maximizing Technology Commercialization of Federal Research Investments through the Best Practices at Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

The federal government invests over $140 billion annually in research and development, including over $50 billion annually in extramural research conducted by universities, companies, and non-profit organizations. The Department of Commerce, as delegated to NIST, has responsibility for promoting commercialization of technologies resulting from federally sponsored research across all government agencies under the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, as amended.

NIST therefore invites proposals from eligible applicants for a one-year study to evaluate universities that have been designated as Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities (IEPUs), by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) for their approaches to innovation and technology commercialization and to review and evaluate existing technology-based collaborations between IEPUs and technology development entities, including Federal research laboratories (FRLs). It is expected that the recipient will: (1) research and broadly disseminate a set of best practice recommendations for increased innovation, commercialization, technology transfer, entrepreneurship and regional partnering and development activities based on the specific activities of IEPUs; (2) identify existing collaboration networks or clusters of IEPUs and technology development entities, including FRLs; (3) identify overlaps and gaps in the technology-based collaboration networks between IEPUs and technology development entities; (4) recommend six pilot projects for new or expanded technology development networks or clusters of IEPUs and technology development entities, including FRLs; and (5) develop an analysis of the potential economic impact of the six pilots and a plan for longer term scale-up, to aid in future resource prioritization. 

The recipient is expected to disseminate the results of the collaboration networks analysis and the recommendations to the public through publications and white papers in appropriate literature to communicate results to other parties, and through presentations at public meetings or technical events.

Deadline: July 10, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility for the program listed in this NOFO is open to all nonFederal entities. Eligible applicants include institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations incorporated in the United States, for-profit organizations incorporated in the United States, state and local governments, territorial and Indian tribal governments, hospitals, foreign public entities, and foreign governments. An eligible organization may propose to work individually or to include proposed sub-awardees, contractors or other collaborators. Please note that, for the purposes of this NOFO, individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible apply.



Amount Description

NIST anticipates funding one project with a budget and performance period of one (1) year for approximately $300,000.

Funding Type





Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 10, 2017