Limited Submission 03/03/2021
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NSF Innovation Corps Hubs Program (I-Corps™ Hubs) - NSF 20-529 replaces NSF 17-533 and NSF16-547
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to further develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that guides the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products, and services that benefit society. The goal of the NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program, created in 2011 by NSF, has been and will continue to be to reduce the time and risk associated with translating promising ideas and technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace. The I-Corps Program utilizes experiential learning of customer and industry discovery, coupled with first-hand investigation of industrial processes, to quickly assess the translational potential of inventions. The I-Corps Program is designed to support the commercialization of so-called "deep technologies,” or those revolving around fundamental discoveries in science and engineering. The I-Corps program addresses the skill and knowledge gap associated with the transformation of basic research into deep technology ventures (DTVs).
I-Corps Hubs will serve as regional centers of excellence in achieving these four strategic goals through the following objectives:
  1. Train scientists and engineers to investigate the industrial marketplace using the principles of the scientific method.
  2. Enable institutions throughout the nation to incorporate structured entrepreneurial training and support processes in their infrastructure and offerings in a diverse and inclusive culture.
  3. Form and invite teams to participate in entrepreneurial training and community building.
  4. Revise and improve operations continuously in a culture of thoughtful experimentation, rapid feedback, and rigorous analysis, providing value to the nation.
Introductory I-Corps Hubs Webinar
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Limited Submission
UNLV is limited to ONE proposal.
OSP Required Notice of Intent Due: 04/14/2021 12:00 pm
Submit NOI via the Limited Submission Portal
No late submissions will be considered. Information needed: PI information, project title, one page abstract and three potential internal reviewer names

Sponsor Full Proposal Due: 08/25/2021
47.041 --- Engineering
47.049 --- Mathematical and Physical Sciences
47.050 --- Geosciences
47.070 --- Computer and Information Science and Engineering
47.074 --- Biological Sciences
47.075 --- Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences
47.076 --- Education and Human Resources
47.079 --- Office of International Science and Engineering
47.083 --- Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)
Award Amount: $15,000,000 (up to $3,000,000 per year for up to five years).

Notice of Intent
At least two weeks will be given to submit a NOI (abstract/summary 1 pg max).

If NOIs received exceeds maximum number of proposals permitted, at least two weeks will be given to submit a pre-proposal (project narrative 4 pg max and budget amount overview).

Internal Review
Pre-proposals are reviewed by a panel of peers comprised of UNLV researchers whose expertise are as close as possible to the content area. At least two if not three reviews for every proposal submitted is performed. At least two weeks will be given to the reviewers to rate the pre-proposals. The review committee recommends which proposal(s) best meet sponsor's criteria and which best align with the mission of the department, college, and university.
Althea Sheets, Communications Manager, Office of Sponsored Programs,, 702-895-1880