Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Sponsor Program Solicitation:
Funding Amount: $100,000 max per year
Duration: 3 years
Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity
NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 04/09/2015
Sponsor Deadline: 06/09/2015
Eligibility and Nomination Requirements
Only one application per institution is allowed. This opportunity is still open. If interested in submitting, please contact Karen Drew (-4824) as soon as possible.
The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. NSF funding through I-Corps Sites enables academic institutions to support teams whose projects are likely candidates for commercialization.
A competitive proposal for an I-Corps Site will be led by an institution having an already existing unit whose goal is to assist faculty, students and other academic personnel to engage in entrepreneurial activities and transition scientific and technological innovations. Such units are typically called: innovation centers, entrepreneurial centers, technology incubators, etc. Their mission is to provide resources to individuals and teams in the form of space, seed funding, entrepreneurial mentoring, curriculum, or other assets needed to transition technology into the marketplace.
The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams that are transitioning their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace. While different institutions may choose different mechanisms for achieving the goals of an I-Corps Site, certain characteristics of a Site must be consistent – the make-up of the teams the Site supports, the origin and nature of the projects, and the kind of support that is provided to the teams by the Site.