Seminars Help Educators Learn about National Science Foundation Programs

In December 2004, Washington Technology Center hosted two National Science Foundation Day seminars in Western and Eastern Washington.

These daylong workshops were held in Seattle and Spokane and drew 127 attendees who were given the opportunity to hear directly from federal program managers on two NSF grant programs for educators. The two programs – Partnership for Innovation ( PFI ), and Advanced Technological Education (ATE) – support technology transfer efforts among two-year and four-year degree-granting academic institutions.

The NSF Day Seminars were a collaborative effort among Washington’s state and local organizations. The Seattle event was co-sponsored by Shoreline Community College and the Spokane event was co-sponsored by INTEC. Additional support was provided by Washington State University’s Office of Grants and Research Development, University of Washington Contracts and Government Services and the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. Congressman Jay Inslee keynoted the Seattle event.

Evaluations from the session rated the program favorably, especially the presentations from the federal NSF representatives. Just over half of those attending the seminar were familiar with the programs and had applied for funding under them. More than 90 percent of those attending the event said they planned to apply for funding under these programs.

WTC’s goal is to be sure educators in our state are aware of state and federal programs that support unique industry outreach and technology transfer activities.

WTC will continue to work with local partners to host these events across the state. There is genuine value in providing our academic leaders direct access to federal agency representatives. It is the best way for them to get tangible advice to help with program development and proposal reviews. One-on-one contact increases the success of these programs and accelerates the growth of Washington’s technologies industries and provides them with a strong pool of entrepreneurs and technically skilled workers.

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