This opportunity is closed.

  • Internal: 11/08/2017
  • LOI: 02/08/2018
  • Proposal: 03/13/2018


  • Amount: $300,000 - $1.2M per year
  • Duration: Up to 5 years


The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, processes and services that benefit society. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the period of time necessary to bring a promising idea from its inception to widespread implementation.

Through this solicitation, NSF is seeking to expand and sustain the network of Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) (hereinafter I-Corps) Nodes that work cooperatively to support the development of innovations that will benefit society. NSF plans to build upon the established National Innovation Network (consisting of I-Corps Nodes and Sites) to further support the needs for innovation research, education and training. The interconnected nodes of the network are expected to be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and geographic locations – providing the network with the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise.

I-Corps Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools, resources and training activities that enhance our nation’s innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in regional programs and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale – to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry. In addition, Nodes must identify and are expected to implement plans for sustainable scaling of their efforts beyond the duration of NSF support.

Track 1: I-Corps Node Development – new I-Corps Node awardees

Track 2: I-Corps Node Renewal – previously funded I-Corps Nodes

I-Corps Nodes (from both Tracks 1 and 2) must contribute to the National Innovation Network in the following three ways:

  • Level 1 Contribution – I-Corps Node Training
  • Level 2 Contribution – I-Corps Node Infrastructure
  • Level 3 Contribution – I-Corps Node Research

Please note: Proposals submitted without a Plan for Sustainment, Plan for Coordination with I-Corps Sites or a Logic Model will be returned without review (RWR).

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

Eligibility & Submission Requirements

Organizations may only be a participant in one proposal per deadline.  If interested in submitting, please contact Karen Drew (-4824) as soon as possible and submit a pre-proposal following the NU Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

  • The PI must be an academic Administrative Lead at the level of Dean or higher, preferably at the level of a provost or vice-president.
  • Organizations may only be a participant in one proposal per deadline. In addition, organizations may only be associated with one I-Corps Node that is receiving funding from NSF at a given time.