NSF I-Corps (aka Innovation Corps)

I-Corps (pronounced "eye-core") is an accelerator program created by the NSF to help translate scientific and engineering discoveries into commercial ventures.

Participating teams receive a $50,000 grant and gain real-world, hands-on, immersive learning about what it takes to successfully transfer knowledge into products and processes that benefit society. The NSF runs at least three cohorts a quarter, at sites around the country. More details on the NSF I-Corps Teams page.

Considering I-Corps?
Join an introductory webinar! A full description of the criteria, proposal instructions and other essential information is available in the I-Corps Teams Solicitation and Teams FAQ. Visit the NSF's I-Corps Teams page or contact entrepreneur@nyu.edu 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 entrepreneur@nyu.edu to learn more about how to apply.