National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Team Funding Opportunities

NSF I-Corps

The National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Teams Program (NSF I-Corps Teams) provides training, mentoring and funding ($50,000) to explore commercialization and technology transfer opportunities for discoveries and technologies based upon to NSF-funded research.

Each I-Corps team is comprised of a Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurial Lead, and Mentor. You may be eligible to be an I-Corps PI if you have been supported on by previous NSF funding as a PI, Co-PIs, Senior Personnel, Post-Doc, Professional Staff or other supported or listed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

In addition to support for your commercialization efforts, participation in an I-Corps team can 1) broaden the impact of your research and increase your competitiveness for other federal funding; and 2) enhance the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

The I-Corps curriculum is based upon the Lean LaunchPad — a hypothesis-driven, evidenced-based approach to commercialization — developed at Stanford University by Steve Blank.

New campus resources and are available to support I-Corps team development.

The goals of the I-Corps program are to:

  • Build on NSF’s investment in fundamental research;
  • Offer academic researchers and students an opportunity to learn first-hand about technological innovation and entrepreneurship, and thereby potentially realize the promise of their discoveries; and
  • Prepare students for real-world experience through curricular enhancements, and provide them with opportunities to learn about and participate in the process of transforming scientific and engineering discoveries to meet societal needs.
  • Jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem.

Related links:

NSF I-Corps video: What Is I-Corps?

NSF I-Corps website

NSF monthly introductory webinar

 

For more information:

Office of Research Development, ORD@research.umass.edu, 413-577-3726