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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 2019 Cohorts

Fall Cohort #1 - San Francisco Bay Area, California
Kickoff (on-site): September 22-25 (arrive September 22 by 5pm)
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4 ET - October 3, Friday October 11; Thursdays October 17, 24, 31
Lessons Learned (on-site): November 7-8 (arrive on November 7 to start at 12pm)

Fall Cohort #2 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kickoff (on-site): October 1-4 (arrive October 1 by 5pm)
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4 ET - October 7, Tuesdays October 15, 22, 29; November 5
Lessons Learned (on-site): November 14-15 (arrive on November 14 to start at 12pm)

Fall Cohort #3 - Atlanta, Georgia
Kickoff (on-site): October 20-23 (arrive October 20 by 5pm)
Web sessions (online): Mondays 1-4 ET - October 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25
Lessons Learned (on-site): December 4-5 (arrive on December 4 to start at 12pm)

Winter 2020 Cohorts

Winter Cohort #1 - Dallas, Texas
Kickoff (on-site): January 12-15 (arrive January 12 by 5 pm)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET – January 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19
Lessons Learned (on-site): February 27-28 (arrive on February 27 to start at 12 pm)

Winter Cohort #2 - Los Angeles, California
Kickoff (on-site): January 21-24 (arrive January 21 by 5 pm)
Web sessions (online): Thursdays 1-4 ET – January 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 5-6 (arrive on March 5 to start at 12 pm)

Winter Cohort #3 - New York Metro Area
Kickoff (on-site): January 26-29 (arrive January 26 by 5 pm)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET – February 4, 11, 18, 25; March 3
Lessons Learned (on-site): March 12-13 (arrive on March 12 to start at 12pm)

Spring 2020 Cohorts

Spring Cohort #1 – Boston, MA
Kickoff (on-site): March 31 – April 3 (arrive March 31 by 5 pm)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET – April 8, 15, 22, 29; May 6
Lessons Learned (on-site): May 14-15 (arrive by May 14 to start at 12 pm)

Spring Cohort #2 – Atlanta, GA
Kickoff (on-site): April 20-23 (arrive April 20 by 5 pm)
Web sessions (online): Wednesdays 1-4 ET – April 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 4-5 (arrive by June 4 to start at 12 pm)

Spring Cohort #3 – San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Kickoff (on-site): April 27-30 (arrive April 27 by 5 pm)
Web sessions (online): Tuesdays 1-4 ET – May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2
Lessons Learned (on-site): June 10-11 (arrive by June 10 to start at 12pm)

I-Corps Teams Contact

Andre Marshall (awmarsha@nsf.gov)
Ruth Shuman (rshuman@nsf.gov)