Get Started with the I-Corps™ Program

group at I-Corps event

Funded by The National Science Foundation (NSF), the I-Corps program prepares scientists to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, accelerating the economic and societal benefits of basic research. Brandeis University is one of four I-Corps sites in Massachusetts.

We provide training, resources and funding for innovative startups and technologies developed by Brandeis students, faculty and staff.

Benefits of I-Corps:

Support with Research:

The Office of Technology Licensing provides support in the form of mentor introductions, training sessions and curriculum management. Participants also receive free access to Amazon Web Services infrastructure.

Customer Discovery Funding:

Funding up to $3,000 is provided to each team for expenses related to customer discovery and modest amounts of equipment or materials.

Eligibility for Future NSF Funding:

Teams that successfully complete the I-Corps training then become eligible to apply to the NSF I-Corps Teams Program to receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding (up to $50,000) - to accelerate the translation of knowledge derived from fundamental research into emerging products and services that can attract subsequent third-party funding.

For More Information:

Principal Investigator:

Rebecca Menapace

(781) 736-2176

I-Corps Instructor:

Bozhanka Vitanova

(857) 540-8536

Program Coordinator:

Fern Shamis

Part-time: Mon.-Thurs.

(781) 736-8752

Read the Brandeis I-Corps award press release

Visit the national I-Corps site

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