NIH Pilots I-Corps Program

July 15th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

The new National Institutes of Health Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) program will provide biomedical and life-science researchers and scientists with real-world, hands-on, immersive entrepreneurship training.

Based on the National Science Foundation’s highly successful NSF I-Corps program, the NIH version will offer a 9-week course in which participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts with deep domain expertise in the biotechnology and life science industries.

Teams of entrepreneurial participants will engage in a hypothesis-driven approach to validate their proposed business models by conducting extensive interviews with potential customers. They will also learn the skills, knowledge, and tools needed to overcome common pitfalls associated with starting a small business.

Eligible program applicants include Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I grantees from the following institutes and centers:

  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Science

Eligible grantees must also have project and budget deadlines that extend through Dec. 31. Applicants for the NIH I-Corps program will be accepted through Aug. 7.

Review the funding opportunity announcement