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San Francisco

How the National Science Foundation Supports and Translates Innovation

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This program will give background on how technology research, innovation and transformation occurs from discoveries and research supported by the National Science Foundation.

The National Science Foundations supports deep, early and foundational research across a wide range of fields and is funded by the American taxpayer. However, bringing those discoveries and technologies into use in the marketplace demands connections with universities, venture investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups. 

Join us for a program that will explain this process and how people can connect with the various programs the NSF provides.

Note: Dr. Ben Schrag will be participating remotely from Washington, D.C. Our talk with Schrag will be followed by a discussion and reception with cheese and fruit plus wine for purchase.

MLF Organizer
Gerald Harris

This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

• We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
• All guests, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated. Guest must show proof of full vaccination with photo I.D.
• Masks are encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
• In-person capacity is limited.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our programs.

A Technology & Society Member-led Forum program. Forums at the Club are organized and run by volunteer programmers who are members of The Commonwealth Club, and they cover a diverse range of topics. Learn more about our Forums.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Tue, Jun 14 / 5:30 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Dr. Ben Schrag

Program Director and Policy Liaison, NSF Translation, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP) Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer

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Gerald Harris

President, Quantum Planning Group; Chair, Technology & Society Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator


5 p.m. doors open & check-in
5:30–6:30 p.m. program
6:30 p.m. reception
(all times PDT)


Free for members
$10 nonmembers
Free for members
$5 nonmembers