NSF 12-586 INNOVATION CORPS – REGIONAL NODE PROGRAM (I-CORPS NODE)
Nomination per School: One Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.
Internal Deadline: January 20, 2014
External Deadline: April 18, 2014
Award Information: Type: Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 4
Anticipated Amount: $2,000,000. Single-institution Proposer: $350,000 per year for up to three years. Two-institution Team: $750,000 per year for up to three years. Three-institution Team: $1.25 million per year for up to three years. Estimated program budget, number of awards and average award size/duration are subject to the availability of funds.
Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). CV– 4 pages max.
Link to Award: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12586/nsf12586.htm
Purpose: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.
The National Science Foundation plans to build upon the I-Corps program and establish a National Innovation Network comprised of I-Corps Regional Nodes that will support the needs for innovation research and education. NSF is seeking to build a network of regional nodes that will work cooperatively to establish, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. The interconnected nodes of this network may be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and in geographic locations – while the network will have the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise. I-Corps Regional Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools and resources 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 the I-Corps program and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale – to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry.
Coordinating Features of the Regional Nodes
Nodes should have the following features:
- Coordination of innovation research, education, outreach and commercial development programs across the network;
- Appropriate mixture of geographically distributed personnel and institutions that provide diverse and complementary capabilities to support current and anticipated needs for fostering innovation across a broad spectrum of science and engineering domains;
- Effective management structure to ensure close linkage and cooperation among the nodes such that they operate as a cohesive national network;
- Seamless methods of network operation that support projects across the network, through development and utilization of compatible internet-based networking/collaboration tools;
- Dissemination of shared knowledge to research and development communities;
- Promotion of diversity among students, faculty, staff, management, and outreach activities;
- Methods for assessment and metrics of node/network performance and impact;
- Planning processes to accommodate emerging areas and future growth of external/internal node participants, including adding new participants to, or dropping existing participants from, the network; and Fostering of additional support from non-NSF sources, including other Federal agencies, State governments, and the private sector.