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NSF-16-547: Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)

***updated from NSF-14-547***

Slots:                                                   One                    
LOI:                                                     Not required
Internal Deadline:                           November 4, 2016, 5pm
External Deadline:                           February 9, 2017, 5pm 
Award Information:                        Type: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 15 – 25

Up to 25 I-Corps Sites awards annually, pending availability of funds.

Anticipated Amount: $2,500,000 for Type and Type II sites.

Cost Sharing:                                 Inclusion of voluntary committed cost sharing is prohibited.

Submission Process:                  Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

PIs must submit their application utilizing the Office of Research’s Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                  There are no limits or restrictions.


The goals of this program are to spur translation of research, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. NSF funding through I-Corps Sites enables academic institutions to support teams whose projects are likely candidates for commercialization.

A competitive proposal for an I-Corps Site will be led by an institution having an already existing unit whose goal is to assist faculty, students and other academic personnel to engage in entrepreneurial activities and transition scientific and technological innovations. Such units are typically called: innovation centers, entrepreneurial centers, technology incubators, etc. Their mission is to provide resources to individuals and teams in the form of space, seed funding, entrepreneurial mentoring, curriculum, or other assets needed to transition technology into the marketplace.

The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams that are transitioning their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace. While different institutions may choose different mechanisms for achieving the goals of an I-Corps Site, certain characteristics of a Site must be consistent – the make-up of the teams the Site supports, the origin and nature of the projects, and the kind of support that is provided to the teams by the Site.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.