Friday, July 24, 2015

NSF Alliance for Innovation Grant Opportunities

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to introduce the Alliance for Innovation—a program funded by the National Science Foundation designed to help California Community College STEM students engage in hands-on research that increases economic competitiveness and prepares students for the workforce.

Sub-grants of up to $30,000 are available to teams of community college faculty and students interested in partnering with NSF-funded small business. Projects will assist NSF-funded small business in the commercialization of innovative research. Visit our website,, to see a list of sample projects.

NSF supplemental funding is designed to foster deeper partnerships between community colleges and the small business community while increasing participation of underrepresented groups in both academic and small business research through encouraging careers in STEM fields. The grant is the result of a collaboration between the NSF's Division of Industrial Innovation, the Alliance’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBTT) programs, and the Division of Undergraduate Education.

Advancing STEM Research and Student Opportunities
The Alliance for Innovation program, which is administered by the Foundation for California Community Colleges (Foundation), is assisting faculty and student research teams in connecting with businesses in their community that are engaged in innovative research and want to support undergraduate STEM studies. California Community College research teams have the opportunity to engage in hands-on research with small businesses working on NSF-funded projects.

Get Involved
The Foundation for California Community College’s experienced team assists with the matchmaking process between colleges and businesses and can assist with the development of compelling and competitive grants.

Currently, eligible businesses are mostly concentrated in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Bay Area. Contact a regional expert to learn more about the program, or complete a faculty interest form to connect with an eligible research project.

Warm regards,

Iris Aguilar
Foundation for California Community Colleges
Special Projects Manager

Iraj B. Nejad, Ph.D.
Mt. San Antonio College
Professor, Chemistry Department
909.594.5611 x4535

Zhanjing (John) Yu, PhD, PE
Solano Community College
Dean, School of Math and Science

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