This is a groundbreaking grant program by the national Science Foundation to support commercialization of technologies developed as a result of NSF sponsored research.
There will be twenty-five awards in Q4-2011, one-hundred awards in 2012 and one-hundred awards in 2013. An I-Corps team must be in place when submitting an application. An I-Corps team consists of:
- Entrepreneurial Lead (usually a post-doc or grad student)
- Principal Investigator
- Mentor (domain expert volunteer)
To qualify, the PI must have received an NSF award in the last five years.
The goal of the grant is to achieve a product demonstration by the end of the six-month program. Participation also requires attendance at a 3-day in person kickoff meeting, followed by five webinars, and an in-person “demo day” showcase.
If you are interested in participating in the NSF I-Corps program, please contact your VentureLab Prinicpal (see contact information below)
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