Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for I-Corps™ Team Solicitation

Monday, April 2, 2018

NSF 18-057

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Whom should I contact to discuss my ideas for an I-Corps™ Teams Program proposal?
  2. When is the proposal deadline?
  3. What types of NSF grants will establish the I-Corps Team's eligibility?
  4. Must an I-Corps Team member have been a Principal Investigator (PI) on the research grant that establishes the team's eligibility?
  5. Are there Intellectual Property (IP) ownership requirements for participation in I-Corps?
  6. How do I get started with applying for the I-Corps Teams Program?
  7. Do all team members need to be U.S. citizens?
  8. The innovation did not result from a recent NSF research grant. Can I still apply for I-Corps?

FORMING AN I-CORPS TEAM

  1. Can we have more than three team members?
  2. How do I find an I-Corps Mentor for my team?
  3. Does the I-Corps Mentor need to be physically located near the Team?
  4. What is the role of the I-Corps Mentor?
  5. What is the difference between the team Technical Lead and the Principal Investigator?
  6. What are the selection criteria for teams that apply?

I-CORPS TEAMS PROGRAM CURRICULUM

  1. What is the I-Corps Curriculum?
  2. When are the next I-Corps cohorts?
  3. What are the time commitment requirements for the program? What about my academic responsibilities?
  4. Will I get to choose which I-Corps cohort my team will join?
  5. How should I prepare for my cohort?
  6. What is the best way to get my team aligned with the program's expectations?
  7. What happens after the cohort?

BUDGET PREPARATION

  1. Can I include prototyping work in the I-Corps Teams proposal budget?
  2. I only need funds for prototyping and technical R&D. Is I-Corps a good fit?
  3. Can the I-Corps Teams grant be used to pay legal expenses for company incorporation or IP protection?
  4. Can the mentor receive a stipend on the I-Corps Teams grant?
  5. Can the PI receive a stipend on the I-Corps Teams grant?
  6. Can the EL receive a stipend on the I-Corps Teams grant?
  7. Can the I-Corps Teams grant be used to attend academic conferences?
  8. Can the I-Corps Teams grant be used to travel internationally?
  9. Can the I-Corps Teams grant be used to attend industry trade shows?
  10. Can the I-Corps Teams grant be used for customer discovery trips to local, regional or national customers?
  11. Can individuals who are not or did not participate in the I-Corps program attend events or conduct customer discovery on behalf of the I-Corps team?

GRANT MANAGEMENT

  1. What should I include in my annual and/or final report?
  2. Can I submit a request for a no-cost extension?
  3. Can NSF help get my team get reimbursed for customer discovery expenses?
  4. How do I request approval for international travel or travel to an academic conference under the I-Corps Teams grant?
  5. How do I request approval for prototype R&D work under the I-Corps Teams grant?