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NSF programs spur innovation

NSF programs spur innovation


NSF. Funding basic research that often leads to
discoveries and technologies almost unimaginable. And while we’re best known for supporting
university-based basic research, we also go on… to help move new ideas from the lab
to the marketplace. Here’s how. Molly Morse [CEO, Mango Materials]: We’re
a small company, and our original technology was based out of a university. We needed funds to see how well this really
worked. Every year, NSF helps launch innovations [that
promote the social good], funding about 400 high-tech startups and small businesses for
early stage product development…while taking no equity. NSF develops and leverages public-private
partnerships between academe and industry to accelerate the transition from lab to market…and
helps NSF-funded researchers create a prototype or proof of concept based on their research
. We’ve created 80 cooperative research centers
that bring companies, universities and government agencies together to tackle major research
challenges like food security, advanced manufacturing, biotechnology, and computer science. And we teach NSF-funded researchers to think
like entrepreneurs and gain insights into viable ways to move their discoveries out
into the world. The ICORPS program focuses on lab-to-market
activities. It teaches researchers a unique set of skills
that help them to turn their research discoveries into real world products and services. NSF. Fostering opportunities to discover. Create. Innovate. And grow. From imagination…to innovation…to commercialization.

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