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I-Corps™ Teams

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams have three primary members: the technical lead, the entrepreneurial lead and the I-Corps mentor. All three members of the team participate fully in the I-Corps Curriculum, which provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. Approximately 20 to 30 teams will participate together in the curriculum as part of an I-Corps Cohort. Dates for upcoming cohorts are below.

The I-Corps Curriculum is not about how to write a research paper, business plan or NSF proposal. The result is not a publication or a deck of slides or even a scientific discovery. Instead, the entire I-Corps Team will be engaged with industry; talking to customers, partners and competitors; and encountering the uncertainty and excitement of creating successful innovations. Getting out of the university laboratory to explore the commercial potential is what the effort is about.

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A full description of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Teams, I-Corps Teams proposal instructions and other essential information are available in the I-Corps Teams Solicitation and Teams FAQ. To start your application, please use the NSF I-Corps Teams Executive Summary Form.

I-Corps Cohorts

Winter 2019 Cohorts

Winter Cohort #1
Kickoff (on-site): January 16-18 (arrive January 15th)
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4pm ET – January 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21
Lessons Learned (on-site): February 28-March 1

Winter Cohort #2
Kickoff (on-site): January 23-25 (arrive January 22nd)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET – January 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 7-8

Winter Cohort #3
Kickoff (on-site): January 28-30 (arrive January 27th)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET – February 5, 12, 19, 26; March 5
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 11-12

Spring 2019 Cohorts

Spring Cohort #1
Kickoff (on-site): March 31-April 3
(arrive on March 31 by 5:00 p.m.)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7
Lessons Learned (on-site): May 16-17

Spring Cohort #2
Kickoff (on-site): April 14-17
(arrive on April 14 by 5:00 p.m.)
Web sessions (online): Thursdays, 1-4 ET April 25; May 2, 9, 16, 23
Lessons Learned (on-site): May 30-31

Spring Cohort #3
Kickoff (on-site): April 28-May 1
(arrive on April 28 by 5:00 p.m.)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET May 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 13-14

Spring Cohort #4
Kickoff (on-site): May 5-8
(arrive on May 5 by 5:00 p.m.)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 20-21

Summer 2019 Cohorts

Summer Cohort #1
Kickoff (on-site): July 9-12 (Arrive on July 9 by 5:00 p.m.)
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4 ET July 18, 25; August 1, 8, 15
Lessons Learned (on-site): August 22-23 (Arrive on August 22 to start at 12:00 p.m.)

Summer Cohort #2
Kickoff (on-site): July 14-17 (Arrive on July 14 by 5:00pm)
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4 ET - July 22, 29; August 5, 12, 19
Lessons Learned (on-site): August 26-27 (Arrive on August 26 to start at 12:00 p.m.)

Summer Cohort #3
Kickoff (on-site): July 23-26 (Arrive on July 23 by 5:00 p.m.)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET - July 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28
Lessons Learned (on-site): September 5-6 (Arrive on September 5 to start at 12:00 p.m.)

Summer Cohort #4
Kickoff (on-site): July 28-31 (Arrive on July 28 by 5:00pm)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET - July 31; August 7, 14, 21, 28
Lessons Learned (on-site): September 12-13 (Arrive on September 12 to start at 12:00 p.m.)

I-Corps Teams Contact

Pamela McCauley (pamccaul@nsf.gov)
Nancy Kamei (nkamei@nsf.gov)
Vipin Chaudhary (vipchaud@nsf.gov)