Innovation Corps Sites Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.In order to contribute to a national innovation

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ecosystem, NSF is establishing the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites).

Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to:Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace.

I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 11-560).Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.
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Estimated Funding: $1,500,000





Obtain Full Opportunity Text:
NSF Publication 12-604

Additional Information of Eligibility:
*Organization Limit: Proposals may only be submitted by the following: -Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.

Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

- A competitive proposal for anI-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.

During the startup phase of NSF's I-Corps Sites Program, collaborative proposals from multiple institutions are discouraged.

Exceptions can be made, with the approval of the NSF I-Corps Management Team, for institutions that have collaborative entrepreneurial centers already in place.

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Date Posted:
2012-08-30

Application Due Date:
2014-10-04

Archive Date:
2014-04-15



“I think, by 2018, there’s an opportunity for New Orleans to be viewed around the country, around the world, as a hub of entrepreneurship for the South,” says Tim Williamson, the CEO and cofounder of incubator The Idea Village, referring to the year the city will celebrate its 300th anniversary.




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