NSF I-Corps Program

Chart your path from research to innovation

The NSF-I-Corps Hub Northeast Hub provides specialized training and mini grants of up to $3,000 to teams interested in exploring the commercial viability of their ideas for products and businesses that are based on their own inventions, University intellectual property, or any STEM-related technology.

Our 4-session training programs help researchers explore how their scientific or technological discovery can meet the needs of people and industries. Our Hub is open to all academic researchers in the Northeast and is dedicated to inclusive innovation. Teams can include faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduates.

NSF I-Corps gave a different dimension to the research I do. Being able to identify the commercial opportunity is so rewarding! It has been the best experience in grad school. Thanks a lot for the support and guidance you have provided me.

Abhishek Iyer

NSF I-Corps gave a different dimension to the research I do. Being able to identify the commercial opportunity is so rewarding! It has been the best experience in grad school. Thanks a lot for the support and guidance you have provided me.

Abhishek Iyer
  • The I-Corps program helps researchers explore the potential for their discoveries to become products and services that can benefit society.

  • The National Science Foundation-funded program gives researchers valuable insight into how their discovery or technology meets customers needs or addresses key challenges.

  • The I-Corps Northeast Hub is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion, and is working to attract and support participants of backgrounds historically underrepresented in research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Researchers form teams and attend a 4-session program focused on identifying how their innovation meets customer needs.

  • Teams can include faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and/or undergraduates who are developing a scientific or technical discovery at any institution in the Northeast.

  • After finishing the course, promising teams may apply to attend NSF's national I-Corps Teams program and win a $50,000 small business grant.

  • Researchers in the program build relationships and gain skills in an inclusive, welcoming environment.

  • Program alumni become part of the I-Corps entrepreneurship ecosystem and have access to resources across the Hub-member institutions.

  • Participants make valuable connections with mentors and industry leaders with experience in transitioning technologies into new ventures.

About the National Science Foundation I-Corps Hub: Northeast Region

The I-Corps Northeast Hub is a regional coalition of universities in the Northeast that work together to provide I-Corps programs and support a growing generation of technology entrepreneurs. The Hub includes 8 universities with the opportunity to add more affiliates over time: Princeton University (Principal Institution), Rutgers University (Partner Insitution), University of Delaware (Partner Institution), Delaware State University (Affiliate Institution), Lehigh University (Affiliate Institution), New Jersey Institute of Technology (Affiliate Institution), Rowan University (Affiliate Institution) and Temple University (Affiliate Institution). 

The Hub launched in January 2022 with a 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Professor Julius Korley (left) is co-director of the hub, and Professor Dan Freeman is faculty lead for UD.

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