Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF I-Corps Regional Hubs Assessment, 32072-32073 [2021-12665]

Download as PDF 32072 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES graduation Æ Helpfulness of the internship experience in making career choices Æ Likelihood of working at the host organization or similar organizations Since the agency will not be able to receive feedback from students by way of annual reports, being able to collect this information will help the managing Program Directors to assess whether the INTERN program helps participants in terms of workforce development, career decisions, and professional preparation, thereby ensuring the program goals are met. In addition, these data will also allow NSF to evaluate the intellectual merit of the program, its broader impact in developing the STEM workforce and its potential to enhance the participation of underrepresented and underserved STEM communities in such traineeships. Finally, in compliance with the Evidence Act of 2019, information collected will be used in satisfying congressional requests, responding to queries from the public, informing the NSF’s external Committees of Visitors who serve to evaluate the foundation, working with the NSF’s Office of the Inspector General, and supporting the agency’s policymaking and internal evaluation and assessment needs. Information collected in this survey will include the name of the participants, their affiliated organizations, email addresses, and home states. These personal identifiable information (PII) are collected primarily for record tracking and organizing. In addition, questions pertaining to participants’ gender, race, ethnicity, and disability status will also be asked but those questions will be marked as voluntary. These PII data will be accessed only by the managing Program Directors, NSF senior management, and supporting staff conducting analyses using the data as authorized by NSF. Any public reporting of data will be in aggregate form, and any personal identifiers will be removed. Use of the Information: The information collected is primarily for program assessment and agency internal evaluation. Estimate burden on the public: Estimated 20 minutes per survey for 250 participants, for a total of 83 hours per year. Respondents: Graduate students who participate in the INTERN program. Estimated number of respondents: 1,000 the first year; 250 annually. Average Time per Reporting: 20 minutes. Frequency: Annually. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: June 10, 2021. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2021–12666 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF ICorps Regional Hubs Assessment National Science Foundation. Submission for OMB review; comment request. AGENCY: ACTION: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the following information collection requirement to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal Register and one request for a copy of the information collection was received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with the publication of this second notice. DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAmain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under 30-day Review—Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to splimpto@ nsf.gov. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877– 8339, which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including federal holidays). Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling 703–292– 7556. NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number, and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Reporting Requirements for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (ICorps) Hubs Program. OMB Number: 3145–NEW. Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an information collection. Abstract: NSF’s Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP), within the Engineering Directorate, serves a wide range of grantees across five major programs. The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program was established at NSF in FY 2012 to equip scientists with the entrepreneurial tools needed to transform discoveries with commercial realization potential into innovative technologies. The goal of the I-Corps Program is to use experiential education to help researchers reduce the time necessary to translate a promising idea from the laboratory bench to widespread implementation. In addition to accelerating technology translation, NSF seeks to reduce the risk associated with technology development conducted without insight into industry requirements and challenges. The ICorps Program uses a lean startup approach to encourage scientists to think like entrepreneurs through intensive workshop training and ongoing support. The program focuses on teams comprised of a Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurial Lead, and Mentor that work together to explore commercialization for their researchderived products. In FY 2017, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), Public Law 114–329, Sec 601, formally authorized and directed the expansion of NSF I-Corps Program by increasing E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 114 / Wednesday, June 16, 2021 / Notices the economic competitiveness of the United States, enhancing partnerships between academia and industry, developing an American STEM workforce that is globally competitive, and supporting female entrepreneurs and individuals from historically underrepresented groups in STEM through mentorship, education, and training. To that end, NSF built and has continued expanding an I-Corps National Innovation Network (NIN). NIN is a collection of NSF I-Corps Nodes and Sites that together with NSF implement the I-Corps program to grow and sustain the national innovation ecosystem. I-Corps Nodes are typically large, multi-institutional collaborations that deliver NSF national I-Corps Teams training curriculum as well as recruit and train the National I-Corps instructors. Sites are entrepreneurial centers located at individual colleges and universities to catalyze potential ICorps teams within their local institutions. Together, the Nodes and Sites serve as the backbone of the NIN. Recently, IIP published a new I-Corps Program Solicitation, NSF 20–529—NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (ICorpsTM Hubs), that has placed a strong emphasis on developing and further expanding the NIN. The I-Corps Hubs Program has strengthened the requirements to support a diverse and inclusive community of innovators, in that teams are encouraged to recruit diverse members at all levels. In addition, the I-Corps Hubs Program also provides new pathways for teams to qualify for the participation in the national I-Corps Teams program (at the Nodes). Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to evolve the current structure, in which NSF I-Corps Teams, Nodes, and Sites are funded through separate programs, towards a more integrated operational model capable of sustained operation at the scope and scale required to support the expansion of the NSF I-Corps Program as directed by AICA. In order to support the agency’s congressional reporting requirements in response to the AICA, we are asking NIN grantees to report the following information: • Expansion of NIN Æ Number of teams trained Æ Number of teams advancing to national I-Corps Teams program (applicable to I-Corps Hubs and ICorps Sites) • STEM Workforce Æ Team size (number of members on the team) Æ Team characteristics (participation VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jun 15, 2021 Jkt 253001 of females, veterans, and underrepresented minorities) Æ Participant status at the time of program • Subsequent Commercialization Outcomes Æ Company formation Æ Following-on funding D SBIR Phase I, II funding D Other Federal Funding D Private Funding (including competition, and prize awards) Æ Revenues (sales, licensing fees, other operational cash flows) The reporting of this information is in addition to the agency’s annual report requirement for the grantees. Not only will the information help the agency report on NIN activities to Congress, they also provide managing Program Directors a means to monitor the operational states of these I-Corps Sites, Nodes, and Hubs, and ensure that their awards are in good standing. These data will also allow NSF to assess these awardees in terms of intellectual, broader, and commercial impacts that are core to our merit review criteria. Finally, in compliance with the Evidence Act of 2019, information collected will be used in satisfying congressional requests, responding to queries from the public, NSF’s external merit reviewers who serve as advisors, and NSF’s Office of the Inspector General, and supporting the agency’s policymaking and internal evaluation and assessment needs. Use of the Information: The information collected is primarily for the agency’s AICA Reporting requirements, and other congressional requests. Respondents: I-Corps Sites, Nodes, and Hubs Grantees. Estimated number of respondents: 2,000. Average burden per reporting: 15 minutes per respondent—10 minutes for the record of participation and five minutes for the follow-up survey for an estimate of 250 hours per year. Frequency: Twice a year—once for the record of participation and once for the follow-up survey. Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32073 information technology; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Dated: June 10, 2021. Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation. [FR Doc. 2021–12665 Filed 6–15–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2020–0162] Information Collection: Voluntary Reporting of Planned New Reactor Applications Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of submission to the Office of Management and Budget; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has recently submitted a request for renewal of an existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The information collection is entitled, ‘‘Voluntary Reporting of Planned New Reactor Applications.’’ DATES: Submit comments by July 16, 2021. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to https://www.reginfo.gov/ public/do/PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review— Open for Public Comments’’ or by using the search function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–2084; email: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2020– 0162 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this E:\FR\FM\16JNN1.SGM 16JNN1

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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION


Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request; NSF I-
Corps Regional Hubs Assessment

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Submission for OMB review; comment request.

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SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) has submitted the 
following information collection requirement to OMB for review and 
clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This is the second 
notice for public comment; the first was published in the Federal 
Register and one request for a copy of the information collection was 
received. NSF is forwarding the proposed renewal submission to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance simultaneously with 
the publication of this second notice.

DATES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed 
information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of 
this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAmain. Find this particular 
information collection by selecting ``Currently under 30-day Review--
Open for Public Comments'' or by using the search function.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance 
Officer, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, 
Alexandria, VA 22314, or send email to [email protected]. Individuals 
who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the 
Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339, which is 
accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (including 
federal holidays). Comments regarding this information collection are 
best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of 
this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by 
calling 703-292-7556.
    NSF may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless 
the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control 
number, and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to 
the collection of information that such persons are not required to 
respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title of Collection: Reporting Requirements for the National 
Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Hubs Program.
    OMB Number: 3145-NEW.
    Type of Request: Intent to seek approval to establish an 
information collection.
    Abstract: NSF's Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships 
(IIP), within the Engineering Directorate, serves a wide range of 
grantees across five major programs.
    The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program was established at NSF 
in FY 2012 to equip scientists with the entrepreneurial tools needed to 
transform discoveries with commercial realization potential into 
innovative technologies. The goal of the I-Corps Program is to use 
experiential education to help researchers reduce the time necessary to 
translate a promising idea from the laboratory bench to widespread 
implementation. In addition to accelerating technology translation, NSF 
seeks to reduce the risk associated with technology development 
conducted without insight into industry requirements and challenges. 
The I-Corps Program uses a lean startup approach to encourage 
scientists to think like entrepreneurs through intensive workshop 
training and ongoing support. The program focuses on teams comprised of 
a Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurial Lead, and Mentor that work 
together to explore commercialization for their research-derived 
products.
    In FY 2017, the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), 
Public Law 114-329, Sec 601, formally authorized and directed the 
expansion of NSF I-Corps Program by increasing

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the economic competitiveness of the United States, enhancing 
partnerships between academia and industry, developing an American STEM 
workforce that is globally competitive, and supporting female 
entrepreneurs and individuals from historically underrepresented groups 
in STEM through mentorship, education, and training.
    To that end, NSF built and has continued expanding an I-Corps 
National Innovation Network (NIN). NIN is a collection of NSF I-Corps 
Nodes and Sites that together with NSF implement the I-Corps program to 
grow and sustain the national innovation ecosystem. I-Corps Nodes are 
typically large, multi-institutional collaborations that deliver NSF 
national I-Corps Teams training curriculum as well as recruit and train 
the National I-Corps instructors. Sites are entrepreneurial centers 
located at individual colleges and universities to catalyze potential 
I-Corps teams within their local institutions. Together, the Nodes and 
Sites serve as the backbone of the NIN.
    Recently, IIP published a new I-Corps Program Solicitation, NSF 20-
529--NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (I-Corps\TM\ Hubs), that has 
placed a strong emphasis on developing and further expanding the NIN. 
The I-Corps Hubs Program has strengthened the requirements to support a 
diverse and inclusive community of innovators, in that teams are 
encouraged to recruit diverse members at all levels. In addition, the 
I-Corps Hubs Program also provides new pathways for teams to qualify 
for the participation in the national I-Corps Teams program (at the 
Nodes). Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to evolve the current 
structure, in which NSF I-Corps Teams, Nodes, and Sites are funded 
through separate programs, towards a more integrated operational model 
capable of sustained operation at the scope and scale required to 
support the expansion of the NSF I-Corps Program as directed by AICA.
    In order to support the agency's congressional reporting 
requirements in response to the AICA, we are asking NIN grantees to 
report the following information:

 Expansion of NIN
    [cir] Number of teams trained
    [cir] Number of teams advancing to national I-Corps Teams program 
(applicable to I-Corps Hubs and I-Corps Sites)
 STEM Workforce
    [cir] Team size (number of members on the team)
    [cir] Team characteristics (participation of females, veterans, and 
underrepresented minorities)
    [cir] Participant status at the time of program
 Subsequent Commercialization Outcomes
    [cir] Company formation
    [cir] Following-on funding
    [ssquf] SBIR Phase I, II funding
    [ssquf] Other Federal Funding
    [ssquf] Private Funding (including competition, and prize awards)
    [cir] Revenues (sales, licensing fees, other operational cash 
flows)

    The reporting of this information is in addition to the agency's 
annual report requirement for the grantees. Not only will the 
information help the agency report on NIN activities to Congress, they 
also provide managing Program Directors a means to monitor the 
operational states of these I-Corps Sites, Nodes, and Hubs, and ensure 
that their awards are in good standing. These data will also allow NSF 
to assess these awardees in terms of intellectual, broader, and 
commercial impacts that are core to our merit review criteria. Finally, 
in compliance with the Evidence Act of 2019, information collected will 
be used in satisfying congressional requests, responding to queries 
from the public, NSF's external merit reviewers who serve as advisors, 
and NSF's Office of the Inspector General, and supporting the agency's 
policymaking and internal evaluation and assessment needs.
    Use of the Information: The information collected is primarily for 
the agency's AICA Reporting requirements, and other congressional 
requests.
    Respondents: I-Corps Sites, Nodes, and Hubs Grantees.
    Estimated number of respondents: 2,000.
    Average burden per reporting: 15 minutes per respondent--10 minutes 
for the record of participation and five minutes for the follow-up 
survey for an estimate of 250 hours per year.
    Frequency: Twice a year--once for the record of participation and 
once for the follow-up survey.
    Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed 
collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of 
the functions of the Agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of 
the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to 
enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information on 
respondents, including through the use of automated collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology; and (d) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, 
including through the use of automated collection techniques or other 
forms of information technology.

    Dated: June 10, 2021.
Suzanne H. Plimpton,
Reports Clearance Officer, National Science Foundation.
[FR Doc. 2021-12665 Filed 6-15-21; 8:45 am]
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