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.

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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.

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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

Entrepreneurship Essentials: Winning Non-Dilutive SBIR/STTR Awards
Jul 23, 11:00 am12:00 pm

Are you a scientist, researcher, or innovator with a brilliant idea that could revolutionize your field and make an impact in the world? Join us for an informative Entrepreneurship Essentials discussion on winning Non-Dilutive SBIR/STTR Awards.

Propelus I-Corps hosted by UConn
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.

Info Session: Applying to National I-Corps Teams Program
Aug 20, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

Are you an innovator, researcher, or entrepreneur looking to bring your technology or idea to market? The National I-Corps Team Program can provide you with the tools, resources, and guidance to transform your concept into a successful venture.

Propelus I-Corps Cohort 17 hosted by Princeton University
Sep 9

Apply by Sept 9

Session dates: 

  • October 7, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
  • October 10, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
  • October 17, 12:30 - 3:30 pm
  • October 31, 12:30 - 3:30 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.

Sharing successes

Pinegem selected for Cleantech Open Northeast accelerator

Pinegem, a startup that is developing clean energy-powered robots using precision location and visual AI for lawn care, has been accepted into the 2024 Cleantech Open Northeast startup accelerator. The team, which participated in the I-Corps Northeast Hub Propelus training program earlier this year, is working on turning the repetitive chore of lawn mowing into an automated task easily handled by AI-enhanced robotic machinery.

Team Members: George Jiang, William Jiang, Margaret Zhu 

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

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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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