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For more details, view the I-Corps™ Hubs Interactive Map (pdf).

Across the country, Hubs will implement the I-Corps™ program in the research community by creating a network of universities that help researchers learn how to translate fundamental research to the marketplace. The I-Corps Hubs form the new operational backbone of the National Innovation Network, a network of universities, NSF-funded researchers, established entrepreneurs, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and other federal agencies. The Hubs will work collaboratively to build and sustain a diverse and inclusive innovation ecosystem throughout the U.S.

The I-Corps Hubs will serve national needs through five areas of responsibility:

  • Create and implement tools, resources and training activities that enhance the nation's innovation capacity.
  • Identify, develop, and support promising research that can generate economic value.
  • Gather, analyze, evaluate, and utilize the data and insights resulting from the experiences of those participating in local, regional, and national I-Corps programs.
  • Provide opportunities to diverse communities of innovators.
  • Share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale to improve quality of life throughout the nation.

The first I-Corps Hubs, and their participating institutions, are listed below. NSF plans to issue a new I-Corps Hubs solicitation in Fall 2021 to continue to expand opportunities for entrepreneurship education and technology translation throughout the United States.

NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes region — NSF 2048612

  • University of Michigan — Lead
  • Iowa State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Missouri University of Science & Technology
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Akron
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • The University of Toledo
  • University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee

NSF I-Corps Hub: Mid-Atlantic region — NSF 2044502

  • University of Maryland, College Park — Lead
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • The George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Penn State
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Virginia Tech

NSF I-Corps Hub: New York region — NSF 2048498

  • The City University of New York — Lead
  • Columbia University
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • New York University
  • Rockefeller University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Stony Brook University
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University at Albany

NSF I-Corps Hub: Northeast region — NSF 2048602

  • Princeton University — Lead
  • Delaware State University
  • Lehigh University
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Rowan University
  • Rutgers University
  • Temple University
  • University of Delaware

NSF I-Corps Hub: West region — NSF 2048703

  • University of Southern California — Lead
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of California, Riverside
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • The University of New Mexico
  • The University of Utah

Read the Solicitation  |  Read the Frequently Asked Questions

NOTE: NSF intends to issue a revised I-Corps Hubs solicitation in early 2022. The I-Corps Hubs solicitation replaces the archived Node and Site solicitations (NSF 17-533 and 16-547, respectively).