i-corps

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?

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.

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

Event date(s): Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM
 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp

 

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

Event date(s): Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

April 4, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp

 

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

Event date(s): Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

March 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

April 4, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

Event date(s): Tuesday, February 7, 2017


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

February 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

March 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

April 4, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp

 

Webinar - Learn more about I-Corps Nodes

Event date(s): Monday, January 9, 2017


January 9, 2017 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Webinar

 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking to expand and sustain the network of Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) (hereinafter I-Corps) Nodes that work cooperatively to support the development of innovations that will benefit society. NSF plans to build upon the established National Innovation Network (consisting of I-Corps Nodes and Sites) to further support the needs for innovation research, education and training. The interconnected nodes of the network are expected to be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and geographic locations -- providing the network with the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise.

I-Corps Nodes foster understanding on how to:

  1. identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value,
  2. create and implement tools, resources and training activities that enhance our nation's innovation capacity,
  3. gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in regional programs and
  4. share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale -- to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry.

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

An informational webinar will be held on Monday, January 9th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. ET to answer questions about the I-Corps Nodes program.

Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone
Dial in numbers: 888-464-1607

Participant passcode: 2392880

OR

Access the visual portion of the webinar (meeting number 743 197 006) online:

· Join WebEx meeting: https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/j.php?MTID=m14933a1a5692fc82efd7b3b5cb0fe319

· Note: Firefox is recommended for Mac users

· If requested, enter your name and email address.

· If a password is required, enter the meeting password: 2mYnMQP*

· Click "Join".

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for First-Time Users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php 

Meeting Type
Webcast

Contacts
Lydia McClure, (703) 292-8798, lmcclure [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations
NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites
I-CorpsTM Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504806
I-CorpsTM Nodes Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/nodes.jsp

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

Event date(s): Tuesday, January 3, 2017


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

January 3, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

February 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

March 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

April 4, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp

 

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

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


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

December 6, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

January 3, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

February 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

March 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

April 4, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp

 

Introduction to I-Corps Teams

Event date(s): Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Curious about the NSF I-Corps program? Join this monthly introductory webinar to learn more about I-Corps Teams and how they contribute to the innovation ecosystem.

During the webinar, I-Corps program directors will answer questions about I-Corps and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum, important dates and other aspects of I-Corps.

The I-Corps curriculum provides real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society.

The webinar will be held the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 p.m., eastern time.

Upcoming Dates

November 1, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

December 6, 2016
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

January 3, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

February 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

March 7, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

April 4, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

May 2, 2017
2:00 to 4:00 PM

 

To join the webinar:

1. Access the audio portion of the webinar by phone by calling (800) 857-5210 (for callers inside the U.S.) OR (210) 234-7080 (for callers outside the U.S.). The participant passcode is 3192939#

2. Access the visual portion of the webinar (WebEx meeting number 746 732 125):

For assistance joining the meeting, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/mc and click "Support" on the left navigation bar.

Note for first-time users: To check whether you have the appropriate players installed for UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files, go to https://nsf.webex.com/nsf/systemdiagnosis.php.

 

Meeting Type

Webcast

Contacts

Steve Konsek, (703) 292-7021, skonsek [at] nsf [dot] gov

NSF Related Organizations

NSF-Wide
Industrial Innovation and Partnerships

Related Websites

I-Corps Website: https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/i-corps/index.jsp