NSF announces $8M in new funding for I-Corps Nodes

January 12, 2017

The National Science Foundation (NSF) released a solicitation committing up to $8 million to support between one and seven Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Nodes. The nodes are part of I-Corps’ National Innovation Network that builds upon fundamental research with the goal of dramatically reducing the period of time necessary to bring a promising idea from its inception to widespread implementation. NSF will support new or previously funded Nodes that will foster understanding on how to:

  • Identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value;
  • Create and implement tools, resources and training activities;
  • Gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in regional programs; and,
  • Share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale.

In addition, Nodes must identify and are expected to implement plans for sustainable scaling of their efforts beyond the duration of NSF support.

Eligibility is restricted to institutions of higher education including community colleges as well as other nonprofit organizations. NSF requires that potential applicants submit a letter of intent by February 9. 

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