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February 05, 2024 | Tom Ballard

NSF issues solicitation for two more I-Corps Hubs

Eleven states are not part of an existing I-Corps Hub, including five states in the South.

There are 11 states in the nation that are not covered by one of the 10 National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) Hubs, and five of them are in the South (see map here). They are, in alphabetical order, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. The others are isolated across the country with the only other concentration being Oregon and Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

In an announcement last week, the NSF released a solicitation for up to two new hubs, each funded at up to $3 million a year for up to five years. Eligibility to apply is limited to two- and four-year institutions of higher education, and applicants are encouraged to address the missing states.

“Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to create the structure required to support the expansion of the NSF I-Corps program throughout the community of NSF-funded and other researchers, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, other federal agencies, and national laboratories,” the federal agency wrote. “The resulting National Innovation Network will work collaboratively to create and sustain a national innovation ecosystem.”

Applications are due by 5 p.m. local time on April 25.

Until it joined the I-Corps Mid-South Hub led by Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville was part of the I-Corps South Node managed by the Georgia Institute of Technology that also included the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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