NSF I-Corps Hub Northeast Region

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Transform your discovery

I-Corps helps researchers explore how to transition discoveries into benefits for society.


In the I-Corps program, scientists and engineers take the first step in assessing if their research has the feasibility to become a product or service of benefit to society.

Explore I-Corps


We host free events and programs for innovators at all stages, whether you're far along in your innovation journey or are seeking support to get started.

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Learn about the national I-Corps Teams program and more opportunities throughout the region that can support you on your journey.

Follow-on opportunities

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Rutgers University student Sherifat Alaka illuminates fingerprint samples with a special light, while observed by Kimberlee Sue Moran, associate teaching professor and director of forensics. Rutgers is one of two partner institutions in the new Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Northeast Hub hub funded by the National Science Foundation to foster startups based on university research. Photo credit: ©2020 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Events and Upcoming Regional Programs

Propelus at the University of Delaware
Jun 23

Apply by June 23

Session dates:

  • July 8, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • July 10, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • July 17, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • July 31, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Our four-session Propelus program helps researchers explore the customer perspective to inform how a discovery or innovation can become the basis of a successful startup or venture.

Propelus I-Corps at UConn, September 2024
Aug 16

Apply by August 16

Session dates:

  • September 6, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm (in-person)
  • September 12, 3 pm - 6 pm (virtual)
  • September 19, 3 pm - 6 pm (virtual)
  • September 26, 3 pm - 6 pm (virtual)

This hybrid-format, four-session Propelus program helps researchers explore the customer perspective to inform how a discovery or innovation can become the basis of a successful startup or venture.

Novus at Princeton, Sept. 2024
Sep 11, 8:30 am12:00 pm

Breakfast will be served so please RSVP no later than 09/04.

Learn about the impact your research or innovation could have in solving real-world problems by attending our Novus I-Corps Program at Princeton University, a half-day introduction to I-Corps, co-sponsored by the Northeast I-Corps Hub!

Propelus I-Corps at UConn: October 2024 (Quantum/Photonics Theme)
Sep 16

Apply by September 16

Session dates:

  • October 11, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (virtual)
  • October 17, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (virtual)
  • October 24, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (virtual)
  • October 31, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm (virtual)

This four-week training program, hosted by the University of Connecticut, will be quantum/photonics themed. Through the program, we provide training and grants to support team-based customer research aimed at investigating the viability and societal impact of scientific and technological discoveries.

Sharing successes

NucleusRx wins award in accelerator program

NucleusRx, a digital health company whose mission is to empower healthcare providers through a virtual care continuum and enable patients to be therapy compliant to achieve a better quality-of-life, completed the UMass Lowell's M2D2 IMPACT Accelerator program and received the "Best Presentation Award."

Team members: Projit Aon, Ashok Rakhit

PumpKin team wins SBIR grant

The PumpKin team has been awarded a USDA Phase I SBIR grant. This team aims to increase access to safe and nutritious breast milk through storage technology, diagnostic testing, and by providing reliable, scientific information. They participated in the Propelus I-Corps and national I-Corps Teams programs.

Team members: Justin Silpe, Maggie Moore, Katie Silpe, Bonnie Bassler

Makani Homes wins 1st place in GNEC Pitch Competition

The Makani Homes team won the $10,000 first place prize in the Greater Newark Enterprises Corporation (GNEC) Main Street Pitch-Off. This team is creating a home-sharing community built for Muslim travelers, where users can share and swap with other Muslim-friendly homes to save on accommodations while traveling.

Team members: Nourin Abubaker, Yara Ourfali

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The I-Corps Northeast Hub

The NSF I-Corps Hub: Northeast Region is made up of 11 universities, with new partner institutions added annually. Note: Participants in Hub programs do NOT need to be affiliated with a Hub member university.  

University of Delaware
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Princeton University
Temple University
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Delaware State University
Rowan University
Lehigh University
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