Princeton University is the lead institution in a new National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Hub. The NSF–Corps Northeast Hub provides grants of $3,000 along with a training program to help teams of researchers across the northeast understand how their scientific or technological discovery can meet the needs of customers.

Benefits of the program include:

  • TRAINING: Four sessions introduce the I-Corps Lean Startup approach to evaluating technologies through customer-discovery research, focused on identifying the technology’s potential for development in a startup or other venture. 
  • FUNDING: Grants of $3,000 are provided to each team and can be used to fund customer-discovery research and expenses such as conference attendance and marketing tools. 
  • RESOURCES: Mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and innovators. Teams may also access other programs offered by Hub-affiliated institutions.
  • FOLLOW-ON OPPORTUNITIES: Upon completion, teams are eligible for the national NSF I-Corps Teams program which provides an intensive 7-week training course and a $50,000 grant. I-Corps also helps you to be more competitive for the $275,000 SBIR/STTR grant.

Upcoming cohort dates

Cohort 4: August 1, 3, 10, 24 from 1-4pm ET (online). Application deadline: July 5th!

How to apply

Visit the Northeast I-Corps Hub website to complete the short application for the program. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on project potential and team commitment. Eligible teams will be invited for an interview to discuss their application in more detail.

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