Node Sponsorship for I-Corps Teams

The UNY Node will sponsor 12 ‘non-traditional’ teams to participate in the I-Corps Teams national program.

Qualified “non-traditional” teams may be eligible for a $30,000 Node Sponsorship grant to participate in the national I-Corps Teams program.

In recognition that there are strong teams with innovative, “deep technology” inventions who are not eligible for the I-Corps Teams program as defined by the current solicitation (NSF 18-515), NSF has authorized our Node to screen and nominate “Node Sponsored” Teams to participate in the national I-Corps Teams program.

Two Kinds of Teams Can Apply for Node Sponsorship:

Mentor Pilot Teams

“Mentor Pilot” Node sponsorship is for university-based STEM researchers who do not have an industry mentor for their I-Corps team, but otherwise meet all qualifications for I-Corps Teams as defined by the I-Corps Teams Solicitation (currently NSF 18-515). Mentor Pilot teams will be assigned a mentor by the teaching team at the I-Corps cohort they attend.

Startup Pilot Teams

“Startup Pilot” Node sponsorship is for early stage startups with a reasonable university connection. This includes recent graduates, active alums, and teams at university-affiliated incubator and accelerator programs. Successful applicants will have innovative STEM technology, but are not otherwise eligible for the traditional I-Corps academic track, as defined by the I-Corps Teams Solicitation (currently NSF 18-515).

Ready to Apply? Email the I-Corps Node team for more information 

Node Sponsorship: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is involved with the I-Corps Teams national program?

A: Find out more about the I-Corps Teams national program HERE.


Q: What are the pre-requisites to be eligible for Node sponsorship?

A:  NSF lineage is required. Teams who don’t have prior NSF research funding must complete a regional UNY I-Corps Regional Course and be recommended by the Site or Node instructor team who ran the course.


Q: What does “Reasonable university affiliation” mean?

A: “Reasonable university affiliation” means that you may not be a current student or faculty at a university, but you are a recent graduate, active alumni, or part of a university affiliated incubator or accelerator program or university sponsored grant program.


Q: How is the Node Sponsorship different than the Standard Teams program?

A: Teams applying for Node Sponsorship are not eligible for the traditional Teams Program according to NSF Solicitation 18-15. Teams awarded Node sponsorship will receive funding from the UNY Node, rather than the NSF.


Q: What is the application process for the Node Sponsorship?

A: After the application is filled out, the UNY Node Team will vet and select teams, and manage their grants and expense reimbursements. NSF has final approval on all teams.