$15M NSF Award to Establish I-Corps Hub: Interior Northeast Region
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Cornell University a $15 million, five-year grant to lead the newest Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Hub, I-Corps: Interior Northeast Region. The Interior Northeast region that stretches from New Hampshire to West Virginia is representative of large portions of the US that are largely rural, economically underserved and working to restore economic vitality. The Interior Northeast Hub (IN I-Corps) aims to expand the nation’s geography of innovation by creating a cohesive innovation ecosystem that delivers inclusive models of education and workforce training designed for and by innovators in rural regions and small cities.
Cornell University will be the lead institution within the Hub and will support the administration of I-Corps regional courses and entrepreneurial curriculum in collaboration with nine partner institutions: Dartmouth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo, Syracuse University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of Vermont, and West Virginia University. These ten institutions bring a strong track record of supporting deep technology innovation and have, among them, operated the UNY I-Corps Node and seven I-Corps Sites. Additional partner institutions from the region will be added to the Hub each year.
The Interior Northeast Hub will officially launch on January 1, 2023. Details are forthcoming for STEM researchers interested in learning about opportunities to participate in regional I-Corps courses at a Hub institution. To learn more about IN I-Corps, visit in-icorps.org or read the full Cornell Chronicle story.