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NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™)

I-Corps prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the laboratory, and broadens the impact of select, NSF-funded, basic-research projects.

This program teaches NSF grantees to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and offers entrepreneurship training to participants by combining experience and guidance from established entrepreneurs through a targeted curriculum.

While knowledge gained from NSF-supported basic research frequently advances a particular field of science or engineering, some results also show immediate potential for broader applicability and commercial impact. I-Corps programs help researchers translate discoveries into technologies with near-term benefits for the economy and society.

I-Corps was eye opening. We interviewed 150 people in the gaming, movie and music spaces. We had some idea after I-Corps that we needed certain things to get ready for the market.

Ramani Duraiswami, co-founder, VisiSonics
I-Corps Team December 2012

I-Corps Teams (researchers, student entrepreneurs and business mentors) participate in the I-Corps curriculum, which is administered online and at on-site activities through one of several I-Corps Nodes.

I-Corps Sites catalyze additional groups to explore potential I-Corps Team projects and other entrepreneurial opportunities that build on basic research.

Together, I-Corps programs strengthen the innovation ecosystem at the local and national levels.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented in this material are only those of the presenter grantee/researcher, author, or agency employee; and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.