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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

Spring 2019 Cohorts

Spring Cohort #1 - Boston, Massachusetts
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 #3 - Phoenix, Arizona
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 - Nashville, Tennessee
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 - Location TBD
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 - Location TBD
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 - Location TBD
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 - Location TBD
Kickoff (on-site): July 28-31 (Arrive on July 28 by 5:00pm)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET - August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3
Lessons Learned (on-site): September 12-13 (Arrive on September 12 to start at 12:00 p.m.)

I-Corps Teams Contact

Steve Konsek (skonsek@nsf.gov)