National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams: Why? What? How?

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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 ( 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.”