This article is published in the June 2013 issue.

NSF Funding Opportunity: I-Corps Sites Program Proposals Due July 1

Transitioning Research into the Marketplace: NSF Funding Opportunity for Academic Institutions Engaged in Entrepreneurship

The National Science Foundation has developed a suite of funding opportunities, the Innovation Corps Programs (I-Corps), to help transition academic research outcomes into the marketplace.

nsfOne of these programs, the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites), expands our nation’s innovation ecosystem through fostering translation of academic research into the marketplace, catalyzing collaboration between academia and industry, and training students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship.

I-Corps Sites are funded for up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. The due date for responding to the I-Corps Sites funding opportunity is July 1st, 2013.

NSF I-Corps Sites Program funds academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable those institutions to:

  • Nurture and fund students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace.
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.
  • Provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable teams of students and faculty to transition their work into the marketplace or to pursue additional funding from public or private sources.

Additional details can be found in the I-Corps Sites Program solicitation (NSF 12-604) found at:

Additional information about NSF’s Innovation Corps suite of programs (I-Corps Teams, I-Corps Sites, and I-Corps Nodes) can be found at:

If, after referring to the Sites solicitation, you have additional questions, contact:

Dr. Anita J. La Salle
Program Director
Division of Computer and Network Systems (CNS)
Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230
(703) 292-5006