NSF GOALI program helps academics engage with industry

Jigsaw Puzzle hand cut by Charles W. Hamm featuring "Sortie de l'Opéra en l'an 2000" by Albert Robida. Here the earlet shape used by many puzzle cutters to lock pieces together can be seen.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports collaborations between academic institutions and industry in order to improve capacity for intellectual and economic growth.

Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) is a mechanism that supports hands-on experiences for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in industrial settings through fellowships. Additionally the mechanism supports university-industry partnerships on long-term projects, both research and educational.

Projects supported by GOALI are intended to address the linkages between products and processes. Project terms may vary from months to multiple years.

A number of NSF Directorates offer the GOALI mechanism as an addition to current standing programs or as supplements to existing NSF awards. It is important that proposers review GOALI information specific to their directorate/program and talk with a program officer prior to applying.

GOALI is one of the few NSF programs that requires cost sharing — typically by the industrial partner.

For more information on the GOALI program, read the most recent GOALI “Dear Colleague” letter (NSF 16-009) .


Written by Tricia Callahan, Director of Proposal Development, Office for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship, Miami University.

Gear image by Sparkignitor via Wikimedia Commons. Puzzle photo by Charles Hamm via Wikimedia Commons. Both used under Creative Commons license.

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