National I-Corps Team Cohorts

Teams that successfully complete a UMD Introduction to I-Corps course and are commercializing university research may be eligible to apply for the national NSF I-Corps program. Those accepted into the national program receive $50,000 to assist with customer discovery and to cover their expenses. National programs are intense, seven-week cohorts in which teams conduct a minimum of 100 interviews. Teams interested in applying or learning more about NSF National I-Corps should meet with Dan Kunitz, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub and Director of Venture Strategy and Development at UMD.

Faculty members considering National I-Corps who are too busy can serve as the PI of Record and have members of their research team, including graduate students, participate instead.

For more information about NSF’s I-Corps please review the following resources:

Resource for UMD Teams Applying to Nationals

UMD I-Corps Teams: Guide to NSF National Application (pdf)

I-Corps has been the most rewarding experience in my over 35 years in academia. I-Corps is magic, transformative and most effective in a deceivingly simple way.

Prof. Magdy Iskander

University of Hawaii, DC National Cohort