NSF issues first biennial report on I-Corps
July 19, 2019
In June 2019, NSF submitted a biennial report on the efficacy of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program, which provides hands-on entrepreneurship training to academic researchers and other scientists. The report includes metrics on the effectiveness of I-Corps at each federal science agency participating in the I-Corps program.
In short, from its 2011 inception through December 2018, 1,315 I-Corps teams (a total of 3,745 people) have received NSF I-Corps training, which has resulted in the creation of 644 startups and $301 million in follow-on funding across all disciplines of science and engineering. Read the full report on the NSF I-Corps website.
To expand access to I-Corps, NSF began collaborating with the National Institutes of Health (I-Corps at NIH) in 2014 and the Department of Energy (Energy I-Corps) in 2015. These two programs have customized the NSF I-Corps training to include highly-focused, industry-specific programming to support the unique natures of the life sciences/biomedical and energy industry sectors, respectively. In total, NSF I-Corps has collaborated with eight U.S. federal government agencies and one state government to provide access to the NSF I-Corps training.
NSF I-Corps helps prepare NSF-funded researchers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory by providing them with the practical entrepreneurial skills necessary to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from basic research. I-Corps accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded basic research projects ready to move toward commercialization.
As directed by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329), the NSF is required to issue an I-Corps report every two years.
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