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I-Corps is a program created by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help move NSF-funded research to the market. Teams of scientists, researchers, and engineers use this method to gain a better understanding of the potential value of a product or technology they are creating. Health sciences researchers who are looking to create a new product or technology can use this method to talk with potential partners, competitors, patients, health professionals, family caregivers, others about how to move their idea or prototype into real world use on the commercial market.

far fa-dollar-sign fa-sm Budget (e.g. personnel, space, equipment) Low Medium High far fa-user-clock Time per interaction I expect to engage stakeholders for... An hour or less Half a day A full day far fa-calendar-check Number of interactions I expect to interact with stakeholders... 1-2 times Appx. 5 times 10+ times Engagement Purposes far fa-scrubber Identify and explore new perspectives or understanding far fa-scrubber Identify which topics are most important to stakeholders far fa-scrubber Develop research questions relevant to stakeholders far fa-scrubber Select outcomes and measures that matter to stakeholders far fa-scrubber Expand and diversify stakeholder outreach far fa-scrubber Investigate best ways to successfully implement a study, based on stakeholder insights far fa-scrubber Describe findings in ways stakeholders can understand and use far fa-scrubber Disseminate findings to relevant audiences far fa-scrubber Design strategies for translating research into practice far fa-clock Time Frame

6 months

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Appropriate Applications More useful for: far fa-scrubber Translating research into practice far fa-scrubber Collaboration between academia and industry far fa-scrubber Evaluating commercial opportunity far fa-scrubber Fostering innovation far fa-scrubber Gaining skills in entrepreneurship far fa-scrubber Identify and address knowledge gaps far fa-scrubber Establish networks Less useful for: far fa-scrubber Non-NSF funded research far fa-scrubber Non-technology related research Key Characteristics Resources Needed fas fa-money-bill-waveMoney far fa-scrubber Funding is provided by NSF if you receive an I-Corps Teams award fas fa-paperclipMaterials and Resources far fa-scrubber Materials and resources will be provided and/or paid for by the I-Corps Teams award fas fa-usersPersonnel At least three team members are needed to form an I-CORP team and must fall into the following roles: far fa-scrubber Entrepreneurial Lead (EL): Could be a postdoctoral scholar, graduate or other student, staff member, researcher, or other personnel with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. In rare circumstances, with approval of a cognizant NSF I-Corps Program Officer, the EL could also be the proposal PI or TL. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps Teams project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability. far fa-scrubber I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM): Typically an experienced entrepreneur with proximity to the institution and experience in transitioning technology out of academic labs. The I-Corps Teams Mentor should be a third-party resource and may be recommended by the proposing institution. The I-Corps Teams Mentor will be responsible for advising the team on its progress through I-Corps and will usually have contacts in the industry area(s) being explored. For more details on the role of the IM, please see the I-Corps FAQs. Other than their direct expenses for program participation, Mentors are not compensated through I-Corps Teams awards – Mentors are part of a volunteer cadre of entrepreneurs. far fa-scrubber Technical Lead (TL): Typically a faculty member, senior research scientist or postdoctoral scholar with deep and direct technical expertise in the actual core technology about which the I-Corps team is exploring commercial potential. Typically, the Technical Lead will also serve as the Principal Investigator (PI). How To

Please refer to the I-CORPS program solicitation for detailed instructions:

Team Formation: Identify a set of at least three I-Corps Team members. The I-Corps team will consist of three roles:
  • Entrepreneurial Lead (EL)
  • I-Corps Teams Mentor (IM)
  • Technical Lead (TL)
Executive Summary Preparation: Prepare a two-page (maximum) Executive Summary that describes the following:
  • Team Members. Composition and roles (EL, TL, IM, plus any additional co-EL, co-TL or co-IM) of the team members proposing to undertake the commercialization feasibility research and a brief description of each member’s qualifications.
  • Principal Investigator. Principal Investigator (PI) and a brief description of their connection to the team. In most cases the PI will also be the TL.
  • Lineage. Relevant current/previous NSF awards establishing team eligibility.
  • Technology. Brief description of the core technology.
  • Application/Market. Brief description of the potential commercial application.
  • Current plan. Brief description of the current commercialization plan.
NSF Contact: Submit the Executive Summary through the I-Corps Teams Web Form for review. Telephone Interviews: Teams that describe projects with viable commercialization potential will be scheduled to engage in a telephone interview call with NSF's I-Corps Management Team to assess the proposing team's capabilities and commitment to the program. At the conclusion of this initial call, teams may be invited for a second telephone interview. At the successful conclusion of both conference calls, teams may be invited to submit full proposals. Proposal Submission: The I-Corps Teams Program will not accept proposals that have not been authorized for submission by a cognizant NSF Program Officer. Uninvited proposals will be returned without review. Each team member will be asked to agree to all program requirements by meeting the target number of interviews during the program, dedicating the weekly time commitment, and fully participating in the scheduled I-Corps Teams Curriculum before receiving approval to submit a full proposal. I-Corps Teams Curriculum Participation: I-Corps team members are required to participate in the I-Corps Teams Curriculum. This curriculum typically includes an in-person Entrepreneurial Curriculum Immersion Kickoff, a weekly online curriculum, and an in-person Lessons Learned report-out. More details on the exact I-Corps Teams Curriculum can be found in the I-Corps Teams FAQ. Dates for upcoming cohorts will be posted on the NSF I-Corps program website.
Notes To be eligible to pursue funding under an I-Corps Teams award, applicants must have received an award from NSF (in a scientific or engineering field relevant to the I-Corps Team's proposed innovation) that is currently active or that has been active within five years from the date of the I-Corps Teams proposal submission. Examples References / Other Resources

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