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February 13, 2023 | Tom Ballard

NSF announces new effort to accelerate translational research

The program will provide up to $6 million over four years to help accelerate research into solutions.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced last week the “Accelerating Research Translation” (ART) program, a new $60 million investment led by NSF’s Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships.

According to the announcement, the program will support institutions of higher education as they build capacity and infrastructure needed to strengthen and scale the translation of basic research outcomes into impactful solutions and practice. Through ART, the federal agency will provide up to $6 million per award over four years to academic institutions that have demonstrated strong basic science and engineering research but are eager to grow their translational research activities and develop the associated requisite infrastructure.

More specifically, the focus is on proposals that have a blend of:

  • Activities that will help develop and strengthen institutional infrastructure to build and sustainably grow the institutional capacity for research translation in the short and long terms.
  • Educational and training opportunities — especially for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers — to enable individuals to become entrepreneurs and/or seek use-inspired and translational research-oriented careers in the public and private sectors.
  • Specific translational research activities that show significant promise for translating research results to practice in the short term.

NSF plans an informational webinar at 2 p.m. February 21. To register, click here.

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