Innovation Corps (I-Corps)

I-Corps is an accelerator program created by the National Science Foundation to develop scientific and engineering discoveries into successful commercial ventures. Over the course of the seven-week program, it seeks to train academic researchers to become entrepreneurs and drive worthy projects to the market. Participating teams can receive a $50,000 grant to be used to discover a commercial application for their technology.

Visit the NSF's I-Corps Teams page or contact to learn more and/or how to apply.

  • Who It's For

    NYU faculty and researchers with research or an invention they are seeking to commercialize through a startup venture.

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers a program specifically for past NSF awardees, which comes with a $50,000 grant to support research commercialization activities.

    For researchers not funded by the NSF, NYU offers a program in collaboration with CUNY and Columbia that provides the same level of training as the NSF program.

  • Criteria

    The NYU Entrepreneurial Institute can help you prepare to apply. Application requirements include:

    • Having a team in place at the time of application that includes a PI, a Postdoc or grad student, and an industry mentor with relevant domain expertise
    • Understanding the significant time commitment required for this program
    • For the NSF program only: having an active NSF award within the last 5 years related to the invention you’ll commercialize through the program

    Contact to learn more about how to apply.