NSF: Innovation Corps (I-Corps Nodes)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further 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, processes and services that benefit society. The goal of the program is to dramatically reduce the period of time necessary to bring a promising idea from its inception to widespread implementation.

Through this solicitation, NSF plans to build upon the established National Innovation Network (consisting of I-Corps Nodes and Sites) to further support the needs for innovation research, education and training. NSF is seeking to expand and sustain the network of I-Corps Nodes that work cooperatively to support the development of innovations that will benefit society. The interconnected nodes of the network are expected to be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and geographic locations - providing the network with the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise.

I-Corps Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools, resources and training activities 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 regional programs and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry. In addition, Nodes must identify and are expected to implement plans for sustainable scaling of their efforts beyond the duration of NSF support.

Limit on Number of Proposals: 1

Amount of Funding

$6,000,000 - $8,500,000

Submission Process

Step 1

Internal deadline for one-page LOI submission is due no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 23, 2016.

Please submit the following as a single pdf packet:

  1. Cover letter indicating PI, School, or College, whether the proposed application would be for Track 1 or Track 2, the level of contribution for the project, and names of all senior/key personnel for project
  2. One page summary describing the scientific merit and broader impact for the proposed project
  3. NSF-style biosketch for the PI

Materials should be submitted to Stephanie Endy at stephanie.endy@case.edu.

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by January 9, 2017.

Step 3

External deadline for one-page LOI submission is due no later than 5:00p.m. on March 9, 2017. LOI is required by NSF for this opportunity.

Step 4

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration by May 1, 2017.

Step 5

Funding agency deadline is May 9, 2017.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
12/23/2016 01/09/2017 03/09/2017 05/09/2017 CLOSED