NSF 14-547 


The Research Office, Office for Research Development is requesting letters of intent for the National Science Foundation (NSF) – Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Sites)

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 (see NSF Innovation Corps Program, NSF 12-602).
  • Develop formal, active, local innovation ecosystems that contribute to a larger, national network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

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.

Research Office Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015

Full Proposal due to Agency: June 9, 2015

Anticipated Funding Amount: $1,500,000

Estimated Number of Awards: 15 I-Corps Sites awards annually, pending availability of funds

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the NSF (I-Corps Sites) program by the NSF deadline of June 27, 2014.

Guidance for preparation of societal, ethical, economic and/or environmental issues relevant to nanotechnology focused letter of intent to the Research Office:

  • Title of Project
  • Name of PI/Co-PI, Department and College
  • Names of individual(s) qualified to review letter of intent
  • Description of proposed project
  • Letters of Intent are limited to two pages (single-spaced, 12 pt. font).
  • Submit electronically as a MSWord or PDF document to: molly.mcferran@oregonstate.edu

Information: Mary Phillips at mary.phillips@oregonstate.edu

Monday, April 6, 2015
Date Open: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014
National Science Foundation