Node Sponsorship Program: I-Corps Teams

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

12 ‘non-traditional’ teams will be chosen to receive sponsorship by the UNY Node, along with a $30,000 grant to participate in the NSF National I-Corps Teams program. Successful applicants will be strong teams with innovative STEM technology, who are not otherwise eligible for the traditional I-Corps academic track, as defined by the I-Corps Teams Solicitation (currently NSF 18-515).

Two Kinds of Teams Can Apply for Sponsorship:

Mentor Pilot Teams

“Mentor Pilot” 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” 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? Complete the Node Sponsorship application here 

Node Sponsorship: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is involved with the NSF National Teams Program?

A: Find out more about the NSF National Teams Program Here

 

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

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

 

Q: What does “University affiliation” mean?

A: “Reasonable University affiliation” means you are not currently a student, … but you are a recent graduates, 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 the Node Sponsorship are not eligible for the traditional Teams Program according to NSF Solicitation 18-15. Teams awarded sponsorship will receive funding from the UNY Node, rather than the NSF.

 

 

 

Q: Whats the application process for the Node Sponsorship?

A:

The UNY Node will vet and select the teams, and manage their grants and expense reimbursements. NSF has final approval on all teams.