entrepreneurship

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

PROGRAM SOLICITATION

NSF 17-559

Read the Full Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17559/nsf17559.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

Proposals Accepted Anytime

Proposal accepted anytime with an I-Corps Cognizant Program Officer's invitation. See II. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION - Requirements

IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND REVISION NOTES

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017.

SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

General Information

Program Title:

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)

Note: Trademark hereafter asserted and referred to as I-Corps

Synopsis of Program:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output to facilitate the application of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

In order to maintain, strengthen and grow a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams Program purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently funded NSF projects. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go /or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) a definition of a compelling technology demonstration for potential partners.

WEBINAR

A webinar will be held monthly to answer questions about this program. Details will be posted on the I-Corps website (see https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/program.jsp) as they become available.

Cognizant Program Officer(s):

Please note that the following information is current at the time of publishing. See program website for any updates to the points of contact.

  • Steven Konsek, telephone: (703) 292-7021, email: skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s):

  • 47.041 --- Engineering
  • 47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • 47.050 --- Geosciences
  • 47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • 47.074 --- Biological Sciences
  • 47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
  • 47.076 --- Education and Human Resources
  • 47.079 --- Office of International Science and Engineering
  • 47.083 --- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 255

Estimated program budget, and number of awards are subject to the availability of funds.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $12,750,000

The anticipated funding amount is $12.75 million per year, pending availability of funds.

Eligibility Information - See Section IV for additional information

Who May Submit Proposals:

Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.

Principal Investigator (PI) Limit:

Multiple awards based on the same core technology will not generally be supported.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization:

There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI:

Multiple I-Corps awards to a PI participating on a currently active I-Corps team will generally not be supported. Collaborative proposals are not eligible for the I-Corps Teams Program.

Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions

A. Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

B. Budgetary Information

  • Cost Sharing Requirements:

    Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

  • Indirect Cost (F&A) Limitations: Recovery of indirect costs (F&A) shall be limited to $5,000. As such, this program does require mandatory cost sharing, and, therefore, is an exception to NSF's cost sharing policy.
  • Other Budgetary Limitations: Other budgetary limitations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

C. Due Dates

  • Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter's local time):

    Proposals Accepted Anytime

Proposal accepted anytime with an I-Corps Cognizant Program Officer's invitation. 

Proposal Review Information Criteria

Merit Review Criteria: National Science Board approved criteria. Additional merit review considerations apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Award Administration Information

Award Conditions: Additional award conditions apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Reporting Requirements: Additional reporting requirements apply. Please see the full text of this solicitation for further information.

Invitation: Free SBIR Entrepreneurship Workshop

Thursday, July 7, 2016

The workshop will take place on September 8, 2016 at the Arkansas Small Business & Technology Development Center (http://www.astate.edu/a/sbtdc/) on the Arkansas State University campus in Jonesboro, AR. The sessions will be broadcast online as well for those who cannot attend in person. Space will be limited for in-person attendance.

Register online: http://goo.gl/forms/Mj2Vy05iHt8socXj1

 

NSF SBIR/STTR Webinar Series - October 30

Event date(s): Tuesday, October 30, 2018


Q&A Webinar

October 30, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 PM

America’s Seed Fund powered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards $200 million annually to startups and small businesses, transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial and societal impact. Startups working across almost all areas of science and technology can receive up to $1.5 million in non-dilutive funds to support research and development (R&D), helping de-risk technology for commercial success.

America’s Seed Fund is Congressionally mandated through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

Join this webinar to learn more about the program and how to apply. The next Phase I proposal deadline is December 4, 2018.

Register on WebEx for the October 30 webinar.

Meeting Type
Webcast

Contacts
Ruth Shuman, rshuman [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations
NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Programs
Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I

Related Websites
NSF's SBIR/STTR Website: https://seedfund.nsf.gov/

Missouri Transect Annual Meeting - Student & Postdoc Professional Development Event

Event date(s): Thursday, October 4, 2018
Location: UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110


The Missouri Transect Annual Statewide Meeting is held once a year to celebrate the accomplishments of the Missouri Transect researchers and students and promote ongoing and new collaborations.  Researchers will showcase their research and education projects that are enhancing Missouri’s research and development infrastructure, capacity, and competitiveness.

Students and Postdocs will have a Professional Development event on the evening of October 4 at the UMKC Student Union.

 

The Annual Meeting website is live and full of important information, such as hotelregistration, and abstract submission

 

Register for the Annual Meeting by September 21 using the online registration form.

 

The Missouri Transect Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to collaborate with Missouri Transect researchers from across Missouri and to learn about research and education projects that are enhancing Missouri’s research and development infrastructure, capacity, and competitiveness.  There will be a strong focus at this Annual Meeting on sustainability and future funding beyond the close of the EPSCoR program.

 

Graduate and undergraduate students who attend will be able to present posters on their research.  More information on abstract and poster guidelines and the submission page can be found at this link.

 

Key Info:

Meeting Date: October 5

Meeting Location: UMKC Student Union, 5100 Cherry Street, Kansas City, MO 64110

Meeting Websitehttps://goo.gl/YsE35r

 

Key Deadlines:

Deadline to register: September 21

Deadline to make a hotel reservation: September 4

Deadline to submit abstract: September 15

 

Please contact Emily Haghighi, haghighie [at] missouri [dot] edu with any questions about the meeting.  You can contact the MU Conference Office, muconf9 [at] missouri [dot] edu, with questions about the registration page or issues with website functionality.

Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I (STTR)

Event date(s): Tuesday, December 6, 2016


The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program provides non-dilutive funds for small businesses to conduct research and development (R&D) on technology innovations that have the potential to be commercially successful and benefit society. The NSF SBIR/STTR program accepts innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of technology.

This solicitation calls for STTR Phase I proposals to undertake R&D with the aim of establishing technical feasibility of an innovation. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $225,000 to undertake a Phase I project over a period of 6 to 12 months (the period to be nominated by the company). The STTR program requires that the awardee small business undertake a portion of the R&D via a subaward to a non-profit research institution.

Successful STTR proposers will receive funding about 6 months after the solicitation deadline date. Companies that receive a Phase I award are eligible to apply for a Phase II award (award amount up to $750,000; duration 2 years). SBIR/STTR Program Directors host webinars in the weeks leading to the proposal deadline. Further information about the program, including the webinar schedule, short videos and Q&A, is also available at www.nsf.gov/SBIR.

Registrations. Start Now - These registrations take time and are required to receive funding. You must register the same information in the same way in each of these systems to avoid problems later. (See the Additional Eligibility section for more details). We recommend that you register in the following order:

  1. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  2. System for Award Management (SAM)
  3. Small Business Administration (SBA) Company Registry
  4. NSF FastLane - register company and Principal Investigator (PI)

An organization may submit no more than ONE Phase I proposal to this SBIR/STTR cycle (where SBIR/STTR cycle is defined to include the SBIR Phase I solicitation and the STTR Phase I solicitation with a December 6, 2016 deadline). This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first proposal received will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

Please note however, that this solicitation contains information that deviates from the standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), including Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) proposal preparation guidelines.

STTR Program Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16600/nsf16600.htm

Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I (SBIR)

Event date(s): Tuesday, December 6, 2016


The National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides non-dilutive funds for small businesses to conduct research and development (R&D) on technology innovations that have the potential to be commercially successful and benefit society. The NSF SBIR program accepts innovative proposals that show promise of commercial and societal impact in almost all areas of technology.

This solicitation calls for SBIR Phase I proposals to undertake R&D with the aim of establishing technical feasibility of an innovation. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to $225,000 to undertake a Phase I project over a period of 6 to 12 months (the period to be nominated by the company).

Successful SBIR proposers will receive funding about 6 months after the solicitation deadline date. Companies that receive a Phase I award are eligible to apply for a Phase II award (award amount up to $750,000; duration 2 years). SBIR Program Directors host webinars in the weeks leading to the proposal deadline. Further information about the program, including the webinar schedule, short videos and Q&A, is also available at www.nsf.gov/SBIR.

Registrations. Start Now - These registrations take time and are required to receive funding. You must register the same information in the same way in each of these systems to avoid problems later. (See the Additional Eligibility section for more details). We recommend that you register in the following order:

  1. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
  2. System for Award Management (SAM)
  3. Small Business Administration (SBA) Company Registry
  4. NSF FastLane - register company and Principal Investigator (PI)

An organization may submit no more than ONE Phase I proposal to this SBIR/STTR cycle (where SBIR/STTR cycle is defined to include the SBIR Phase I solicitation and the STTR Phase I solicitation with a December 5, 2016 deadline). This eligibility constraint will be strictly enforced. In the event that an organization exceeds this limit, the first proposal received will be accepted based on earliest date and time of proposal, and the remainder will be returned without review. No exceptions will be made.

Important Information

Any proposal submitted in response to this solicitation should be submitted in accordance with the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), which is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 25, 2016.

Please note however, that this solicitation contains information that deviates from the standard NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 16-1), including Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) proposal preparation guidelines.

SBIR Program Solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16599/nsf16599.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click

Webinar: Learn More About Small Business Innovation Programs

Event date(s): Thursday, November 10, 2016


Tune in to ask questions about the NSF's SBIR program

November 10, 2016 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Join this webinar to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program and how to secure seed funding for your startup. SBIR Program Director Ruth Shuman will walk you through the process and answer questions. 

Advance registration is required; register via WebEx.

Prior to the webinar, feel free to browse our YouTube channel and proposal submission guide for a detailed step-by-step guide to assist applicants through the Phase I proposal submission process.

The NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development. We provide grants in phases: a proof-of-concept / feasibility grant (6-12 months, $225k) can potentially be followed by a longer development grant (2 years, $750k).

This event is part of SBIR & STTR Webinars.

Meeting Type
Workshop

Contacts
Ruth Shuman, 703-292-2160, rshuman [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations
NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Programs
Small Business Innovation Research Program
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I

Related Websites
NSF SBIR/STTR Homepage: http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/home.jsp

Webinar: Learn more about Small Business Innovation

Event date(s): Wednesday, October 26, 2016


Tune in to ask questions about the NSF's SBIR program

October 26, 2016 2:00 PM  - 3:30 PM

Join this webinar to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program and how to secure seed funding for your startup. SBIR Program Director Jesus Soriano will walk you through the process and answer questions. 

Advance registration is required; register via WebEx.

Prior to the webinar, feel free to browse our YouTube channel and proposal submission guide for a detailed step-by-step guide to assist applicants through the Phase I proposal submission process.

The NSF Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program seeks to transform scientific discovery into societal and economic benefit by catalyzing private sector commercialization of technological innovations. The program increases the incentive and opportunity for startups and small businesses to undertake cutting-edge, high-quality scientific research and development. We provide grants in phases: a proof-of-concept / feasibility grant (6-12 months, $225k) can potentially be followed by a longer development grant (2 years, $750k).

This event is part of SBIR & STTR Webinars.

Contacts
Jesus V. Soriano, (703) 292-7795, jsoriano [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations
NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Programs
Small Business Innovation Research Program
Small Business Technology Transfer Program Phase I

Related Websites
NSF SBIR/STTR Homepage: http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/sbir/home.jsp

Tech Transfer Seed Funding Proposal Due

Event date(s): Friday, October 7, 2016


Missouri EPSCoR is releasing its second-round Missouri Transect Seed Funding Request for Proposals (RFP).  Missouri EPSCoR investigators with Missouri Transect and the Plant Imaging Consortium are eligible for the seed funding track, Technology Transfer/Commercialization.  The Proposal and Budget Form are due Friday, October 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CDT.

Download the RFP

Download the Budget Form

Please send all correspondence to epscor [at] missouri [dot] edu
 
RFP Snapshot:

Program Name
The Missouri Transect Seed Funding: Technology Transfer/Commercialization
 
Description
Proof of concept seed funding is available for Missouri Transect investigators that have developed a key discovery or innovation in the course of their research and have identified a possible pathway toward commercialization.  Those applications demonstrating a high probability for commercialization as a project deliverable will receive preferential consideration.  Proof of concept can be different for specific technologies – in some cases it may be building a prototype or minimally viable product while in other cases it may mean demonstrating market demand for a particular technology.  Regardless of definition, seed funds are intended to accelerate movement of new innovations to commercialization pathways. Proposals with good probability for moving a product, process, and/or device toward commercialization are invited for funding consideration.  Proposals should include technology assessment, market assessment, intellectual property disposition, team qualifications, and commercialization strategy. A copy of invention disclosure forms (or equivalent) should be included in the Appendix. Awards are limited to $50,000 for one year and require a 1:1 match in non-federal funding.
 
Eligibility
Missouri EPSCoR investigators are eligible to apply.
 
Award Amount and Duration
The total project budget should be a maximum of $50,000 in direct costs over a span of 12 months.
 
Proposal Due Date
October 7, 2016

NSF SBIR/STTR Program Webinar

Event date(s): Friday, September 30, 2016


The National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR) will be hosting 7 webinars before the December 6 deadline for Phase I proposals. Join them for the first one on Friday, Sept. 30th at 12:00 pm ET. An email for registration will be circulated.

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