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Now accepting applications for NSF I-Corps Hub: Desert and Pacific Region 2024 cohorts

Don’t miss out on the much-anticipated 2024 I-Corps cohorts hosted by the NSF I-Corps Hub: Desert and Pacific Region! Get ready to embark on a transformative journey that could shape your future in ways you never imagined.

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The NSF I-Corps program was developed to nurture a national innovation ecosystem built upon fundamental, use-inspired research. The program is designed to facilitate the development of technologies, products, processes, and services that benefit society.

I-Corps Program Dates

  • Cohort 1 – Winter 2024: Jan. 12 to Feb. 9
  • Cohort 2 – Winter 2024: Feb. 23 to Mar. 22
  • Cohort 3 – Spring 2024: April 5 to May 3
  • Cohort 4 – Spring 2024: May 17 to June 14
  • Cohort 5 – Summer 2024: June 28 to Aug. 2
  • Cohort 6 – Summer 2024: Aug. 16 to Sep. 13
  • Cohort 7 – Fall 2024: Sep. 27 to Oct. 25
  • Cohort 8 – Fall 2024: Nov. 8 to Dec. 13

Program Format and Date/Time Details

Each cohort is fully remote and consists of a one-hour Kick-Off Session plus four three-hour sessions on Fridays during the cohort dates.

Key Highlights

  1. Hands-On Innovation: The NSF I-Corps regional training program provides a hands-on, high-impact, and fast-paced opportunity to learn how to commercialize your technology.
  2. Use-Inspired Research: With a focus on creating solutions that have a tangible impact on society, your use-inspired research will reach new heights. Through the I-Corps program, your innovations will be guided by a commitment to address real-world challenges and make a positive difference.
  3. Customer-Focused Discovery Process: Immerse yourself in a customer-focused discovery process aimed at gathering crucial insights to maximize the impact of your intellectual property. Conduct customer discovery interviews, study customer/stakeholder needs, and collect insights into their workflows.
  4. Financial Support: Teams that successfully complete the training may qualify for a small award of up to $3,000. Moreover, exceptional teams may be recommended to the National I-Corps Teams program, where they could qualify for an additional grant of $50,000.

How to Get Involved

Apply Now: Secure your spot in an upcoming cohort by submitting your application here:

Info Session: Join us for an upcoming information session to learn more about the I-Corps program, ask questions, and connect with our team. Dates and RSVP links can be found here:


Curious about the impact our I-Corps program has had on others? Check out this testimonial video and hear directly from Dr. Zachary Holman, Associate Professor in the School of Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering at Arizona State University, and Director of Faculty Entrepreneurship within the Fulton Schools of Engineering, about his experience with the program.

The NSF I-Corps program is your opportunity to turn groundbreaking research into real-world impact. We look forward to welcoming you to our community and being a part of your journey to innovation and success.