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NSF releases open-data set in bid to spawn partnerships in Regional Innovation Engines program


By David Schwartz
Published: August 2nd, 2022

Last week, the National Science Foundation released an open-data set drawn from concept outlines submitted for the NSF Regional Innovation Engines program. It’s the first time in NSF history that the agency is releasing application data before it formally accepts the applications, which it hopes will stimulate new and stronger partnerships by helping make connections based on converging research interests.

NSF Engines is a new program that awards regions up to $160 million to build their innovation ecosystems over 10 years. It’s being launched by the recently formed NSF Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, or TIP. The data released includes information from 679 innovation and entrepreneurship applications spanning virtually every U.S. state and territory. Readers can click here to view the data, or to see a see a geographic visualization click here.

NSF is publishing the searchable data, the agency says, to make it easy to reach out to applicants who submitted concept outlines. The map of applicants it included in the release dovetail’s with the Innovation Engines’ regional focus, which is intended to drive economic growth and technology innovation in ecosystems that haven’t fully participated in the tech-based economy.

Each two-to-five-page concept outline describes a region’s vision for its proposed NSF Engine, including the applicant team’s topic area, region of service, and proposed partners. NSF hopes the data will catalyze new collaborations and stronger multi-sector applications between now and the application deadlines.

For more information, click here.

Sources: UIDP and National Science Foundation.

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