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Partnerships to Accelerate Technological Development

From creating new knowledge to launching cutting-edge technologies, the Directorate for Engineering (ENG) strategically strengthens the nation's innovation ecosystem. ENG-supported activities encourage fruitful collaboration with industry, stimulate innovative thinking among students and spur translation of fundamental research. Whether engaging small groups or multi-university centers, the activities listed below firmly link scientific discoveries with industry to accelerate the nation's technological development.

Industry-Academia Partnerships

Consortium for Manufacturing Insights. NSF and NIST jointly support an advanced manufacturing consortium, MForesight, that rapidly provides a variety of viewpoints in response to questions about future manufacturing technologies, and also organizes and conducts activities that incorporate community outreach, such as national summits or regional workshops.

Engineering Research Centers. University teams enable new engineering frontiers and turn new knowledge into new systems technologies in partnership with business and regional stakeholders.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry. Members of industry and academia transfer knowledge through research collaborations and fellowships.

Industry–University Cooperative Research Centers. Faculty and students investigate fundamental research questions inspired by industry members and other stakeholders.

Innovation Corps. Faculty and students explore the viability of launching new startups based on their discoveries with the help of industry mentors.

Manufacturing USA - the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. Industry, academia, and government partners leverage existing resources to collaborate and co-invest to nurture manufacturing innovation and accelerate commercialization.

Partnerships for Innovation. Broad-based, regional collaborations help translate academic knowledge into innovations by Building Innovation Capacity and by Accelerating Innovation Research through research alliances and technology translation.

Small Business Incubation

Small Business Innovation Research. Small businesses engage in translational research to create prototypes, develop them into products and services that meet particular market needs, and generate revenue.

Small Business Technology Transfer. Small businesses and academic partners collaborate in pursuit of technological innovation and commercialization.