Limited Submission: NSF 16-547 Innovation Corps – National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)

If you are interested in submitting a NSF 16-547 Innovation Corps – National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) proposal, submit an abstract no more than three pages in length to Elizabeth Soto, by the internal deadline of Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at noon. Follow Illinois Tech’s guidelines for internal competitions available here.

  • Institutional Limit: One
  • Internal deadline:  Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at noon
  • Full Proposal Deadline Date:  Thursday, February 9, 2017

Synopsis of Program:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

In order to contribute to a national innovation ecosystem, NSF established the NSF Innovation Corps Sites Program (NSF I-Corps Sites). Sites are funded at academic institutions, having already existing innovation or entrepreneurial units, to enable them to:

  • Nurture students and/or faculty who are engaged in projects having the potential to be transitioned into the marketplace. I-Corps Sites will provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants.
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors. Networking is an essential component of all of NSF’s I-Corps activities – local and national networking activities help advance the goals of I-Corps and contribute to local and national ecosystems for innovation.

The purpose of an I-Corps Site is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their ideas, devices, processes or other intellectual activities into the marketplace.


Per Illinois Tech policy, all grant applications (federal and non-federal) must be reviewed, signed and submitted by the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs regardless of the amount of the request. Complete your routing sheet as soon as possible here. Contact or call at 312.567.3035 for more information on submitting a proposal.