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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 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

Summer 2018 Cohorts

Summer Cohort #1 San Francisco Bay Area
Kickoff (on-site): July (arrive 10) 11-13
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4pm ET – July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16
Lessons Learned (on-site): August 23-24

Summer Cohort #2 New York City metro area
Kickoff (on-site): July (arrive 15) 16-18
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4pm ET – July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20
Lessons Learned (on-site): August 27-28

Summer Cohort #3 Austin, Texas
Kickoff (on-site): July (arrive 24) 25-27
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4pm ET – July 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28
Lessons Learned (on-site): September 6-7

Summer Cohort #4 Washington, DC metro area
Kickoff (on-site): July (arrive 29) 30-August 1
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4pm ET – August 8, 15, 22, 29, September 5
Lessons Learned (on-site): September 13-14

Fall 2018 Cohorts

Fall Cohort #1 Detroit, Michigan
Kickoff (on-site): September (arrive 25) 26-28
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4pm ET – October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1
Lessons Learned (on-site): November 8-9

Fall Cohort #2 San Diego, California
Kickoff (on-site): September (arrive 30) October 1-3
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4pm ET – October 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7
Lessons Learned (on-site): November 15-16

Fall Cohort #3 Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff (on-site): October (arrive 14) 15-17
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4pm ET – October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19
Lessons Learned (on-site): November 26-27

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 (arrive February 27th)

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 (arrive March 6th)

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 (arrive March 10th)

I-Corps Teams Contact

Pamela McCauley (
Nancy Kamei (
Vipin Chaudhary (