The Center is pleased to share the news! We will serve as a Collaborator Personnel, a member of the Advisory Board, of Portland State University’s NSF Regional Innovation Engine (NSF RIE) project; and we’re excited to celebrate our Eastern Washington industry awardees led by Urbanova, Inland Northwest Center for Energy and Decarbonization and Avista. Congratulations two the two Pacific Northwest awardees (and others within our region).

The U.S. National Science Foundation announced the first-ever NSF Regional Innovation Engines, or NSF Engines, program awards to 44 unique teams spanning universities, nonprofits, businesses and other organizations across the U.S. states and territories. Each awardee team will receive up to $1 million for two years. The NSF Engines program is anticipated to be transformational for the nation, ensuring the U.S. remains in the vanguard of competitiveness for decades to come.

The awardees span a broad range of states and regions, reaching geographic regions that have not fully benefited from the technology boom of the past decades. These NSF Engines development awards will help organizations create connections and develop their local innovation ecosystem within two years to prepare a strong proposal for becoming a future NSF Engine, where they will have the opportunity to receive up to $160 million.

For more information, visit the NSF RIE site.