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Research Development Series: Introducing the National Science Foundation’s New Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) launched its Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP) in March 2022. As NSF’s first new directorate in 30-years, it aspires to accelerate the development and deployment of use-inspired, translational technologies, and solutions that meet societal and economic needs; drive the creation of new, high-wage jobs; and strengthen the nation’s international competitiveness.

As part of its Research Development Series, the Office of Research and Innovation is hosting this seminar for faculty at all stages of their career to learn more about NSF TIP and how it may be used to support current and future extramural funding. An in-person seminar followed by a reception will be hosted at the Executive Briefing Center in Arlington, VA. A virtual option is also available.

Featured guest speaker Erwin Gianchandani, NSF’s Assistant Director for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, will discuss the new dictorate’s mission and the growing portfolio of funding opportunities in the context of three focus areas during the seminar

  • Fostering Innovation and Technology Ecosystems
  • Establishing Translation Pathways
  • Partnering to Engage the Nations Diverse Talent


Research Development Series: Introducing the National Science Foundation’s New
Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

Nov. 10, 2022 | 4:00 p.m.
Executive Briefing Center, Virginia Tech Research Center, Arlington, VA


Steven H. McKnight portrait.

Steven H. McKnight

Vice President, Strategic Research Alliances


Erwin Gianchandani

Assistant Director
Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships
National Science Foundation

Gianchandani has worked at NSF since 2012. Prior to becoming the assistant director for TIP, he served as the senior advisor for Translation, Innovation and Partnerships for over a year, where he helped develop plans for the new TIP Directorate in collaboration with colleagues at NSF, other government agencies, industry and academia.

During the previous six years, Gianchandani was the NSF deputy assistant director for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, twice serving as acting assistant director for CISE. Gianchandani’s leadership and management of CISE included the formulation and implementation of the directorate's $1 billion annual budget, strategic and human capital planning, and oversight of day-to-day operations for a team of over 130.

Gianchandani has led the development and launch of several new NSF initiatives, including the Smart & Connected Communities program, Civic Innovation Challenge, Platforms for Advanced Wireless Research, and the National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes.

About this series 

In January 2021, the Office of Research and Innovation launched its Research Development Series to help faculty in their journey to increase the scope and impact of their research, creativity, and innovation portfolio. With events focused on different facets of sponsored research, from sponsor-specific perspectives to how to work with partners, this webinar series is intended to answer researchers' biggest questions and enlighten scholars at every step in their career.