National Science Foundation

NSF: Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)

Program Summary

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 ecosystem, NSF established 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:

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.

Eligibility

One application per organization is allowed.

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.
 
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.
 
Award Information
 
Up to 15 I-Corps Sites awards annually, pending availability of funds.  The anticipated funding amount is $1,500,000.
 
Internal Selection Procedure 
 
The UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominee. Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor's selection criteria. Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions. Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:
  1. A two page CV
  2. A description of the proposed project. It should have the following elements:
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

 

Proposal Due to OVPRED04/14/2015 SUBMIT ELECTRONICALLY
Date Due to DSP or UIF06/02/2015
Date Due to Sponsor06/09/2015
Required LOI Due DateN/A
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
Email:cheryl-a-ridgeway@uiowa.edu
Phone:319-384-3332
Sponsor URL:http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2014/nsf14547/nsf14547.htm

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