“The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to increase the scale and pace of advancing discoveries made while conducting academic research into tangible solutions that benefit the public. This is the primary aim of the “Accelerating Research Translation” (ART) program.”Accelerating Research Translation (ART)
Georgetown University’s proposal
Georgetown is preparing a proposal for submission to the National Science Foundation’s Accelerating Research Translation (ART) funding program. This program aims to help Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) increase their capacity for translational research activities, thereby generating societal and economic benefits. The NSF deadline for submission is May 23, 2023.
The ART program will partly provide funding for specific pilot projects, known as Seed Translational Research Projects (STRPs), that can demonstrate a clear path from fundamental research in NSF-supported areas to translational impact. As well as traditional product innovations and technology and knowledge transfer, the NSF is expanding the concept of translation to include “positive impacts on local communities, data-informed policy, open-source ecosystems, formal and informal education, and social entrepreneurship.”
Our interpretation of this expanded definition is that as well as new gadgets and molecules, new approaches to decision-making, behavioral interventions, and information sharing could be considered ripe for translation. We do not believe, however, that “translational research” would include processes by which the results of fundamental research are shared and made accessible to the public, policymakers, or other stakeholders, as valuable as these communication efforts no doubt are.
We are inviting Georgetown faculty to submit Letters of Intent (LOIs) for candidate STRPs, at least two of which will be included in our NSF grant application. Successful proposals will
- build on innovations that have emerged from prior fundamental research with clear underlying analytical and/or experimental proof of concept;
- identify possible tangible outcomes that will be achieved through translation,
- articulate customer identification, user-centered design, development, validation, and testing of prototypes for specific potential customers;
- have a justifiable path to achieving a prototype in an accelerated manner (< 2 years) that can be demonstrated in an environment relevant to the intended usage of the innovation;
- include a timeline for translation, and exit strategy, and anticipated next steps in terms of technology knowledge transfer and commercialization for economic and/or societal impact.
In the event Georgetown University is awarded an ART grant, each selected STRP will be funded with up to $100K per year for up to 2 years.
To submit your LOI, please fill out this FORM no later than 5 pm EST, Friday, April 21. LOIs submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed. A committee comprised of the leadership and researchers from the Main Campus and GUMC, and OTC staff will select 2-4 of the most compelling LOIs, and invite faculty to prepare more complete project descriptions by May 12 to be included in the ART proposal.
A virtual workshop will be hosted at 10 am on Wednesday, April 19, for faculty who want to learn more.
|Solicitation for Letters of Intent (LOI)
|April 13, 2023
|NFS ART LOI Workshop – Please Register
|April 19, 2023
|LOI Submission Deadline
|April 21, 2023
|Notification to those selected for Full Application
|April 28, 2023
|Full Application Workshop
|Full Proposal Deadline for those selected
|May 12, 2023
|NFS ART Submission Deadline
|May 23, 2023