National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams: Why? What? How?
This workshop is for potential NSF I-Corps Principal Investigators.NSF I-Corps PIs must have been PI on a previous NSF award (current or expired no more than 5 years ago).
January 31, 2014, Campus Center’s Hadley Room (CC1001) noon to 1:30pm
The NSF’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program is one of six priority investments highlighted in the agency’s 2014 budget request.
Today’s workshop provides information on:
· Why it is important to participate in an I-Corps team.
· What to expect from the application process and team experience.
· How to form a team and recruit a business mentor.
· What each role on the team requires.
· Support for team formation and proposal development (this semester only).
The speakers at this workshop are:
· Karen Utgoff, Principal, Karen Lauter Utgoff Consulting
· Sundar Krishnamurty, Professor of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and Director of the Center for e-Design.
Professor Krishnamurty was the first UMass Amherst PI to receive an I-Corps award. Ms. Utgoff was the business mentor on the team. In an October 2012 story (http://mie.umass.edu/news/krishnamurty-and-collaborators-get-nsf-grant-support-innovation-accelerator) on the project Professor Krishnamurthy noted that, “Participation in I-Corps provides an opportunity to learn about commercialization methods that offer another route for disseminating our research beyond the usual vehicles of teaching students and publishing academic papers.”