Form or Join a Hub

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-CorpsTM) Hubs form the operational backbone of the National Innovation Network (NIN), which consists of universities, NSF-funded and other researchers, established entrepreneurs, local and regional entrepreneurial communities, and federal agencies.

Hubs work collaboratively to build and sustain diverse and inclusive innovation networks across the country. Through its national and regional training programs, Hubs train researchers to bring promising ideas from the laboratory to the marketplace.

US map showing the location of all I-Corps Hubs

Credit: National Science Foundation

View the I-Corps™ Hubs Interactive Map (PDF, 1.44 MB) .

Hubs strategic goals

Hubs strategic goals

Hubs have three strategic goals within the NIN:

  1. Training - Deliver regional I-Corps training at partner institutions, and staff national instructional teams.
  2. Expansion - Identify, recruit and support teams for regional I-Corps training and recommend teams for the national I-Corps program.  Grow the Hub by identifying new member institutions.
  3. Evaluation, assessment and research - Collect and analyze data from participants in the regional program to evaluate and improve on the Hub's performance, and conduct entrepreneurial research.

Hubs funding opportunity

Hubs funding opportunity

The submission process for the NSF 22-566 solicitation was due May 11, 2022. For future funding opportunities, signup for the NSF I-Corps email list. 

Eligibility Requirements

Checklist

Hub applicants must meet the following criteria to respond to the funding opportunity:

  1. Composition: A Hub must consist of a lead institution and at least seven partner institutions.
  2. Location: All members of a Hub must be located within the same geographical region.
  3. Applicants: Institutions of higher education — including two- and four-year colleges — may submit applications. These institutions must be accredited and have a campus located in the U.S.
  4. Past awardees: Existing Nodes and Sites are encouraged to apply to become Hubs.

If your organization would like to join, partner or collaborate with an existing Hub, contact that Hub directly.

How to apply

For step-by-step instructions on how to apply and submit a proposal, review the I-Corps Hub solicitation.

Still have questions? Join one of our monthly webinars to better understand I-Corps' structure and the application process.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

Check out prior I-Corps program solicitations for information about awards, program requirements, eligibility, and proposal preparation and submission.

FAQ

FAQ

Visit the I-Corps FAQ page for more information about eligibility and how to apply to a Hub.