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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

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

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): April 1-3 (arrive March 31)
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 15-17 (arrive April 14
) 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 29-May 1 (arrive April 28)
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 6-8 (arrive May 5)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET – May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 20-21

I-Corps Teams Contact

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