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OSU I-Corps Site Team Grant Application

I-Corps Teams are composed of three main members: the prinicipal investigator (PI), the entrepreneurial lead (EL) and the industry mentor (IM).

The Principal Investigator (PI) is responsible for overall project management. To be eligible, the PI must have a currently active NSF award, or one that has been active within the past five years. The receipt of I-Corps Site funds and support from the OSU I-Corps Site qualifies as receiving an NSF award.

The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) is typically a postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, or other student with relevant knowledge of the technology and a deep commitment to investigate the commercial landscape surrounding the innovation. The Entrepreneurial Lead should also be capable and have the will to support the transition of the technology, should the I-Corps Teams project demonstrate the potential for commercial viability.

The Industry Mentor (IM) is typically an experienced or emerging entrepreneur or business executive. The IM guides the team forward, helping them interpret customer comments, assisting the team in contacting relevant people, and keeping the team honest about what they are hearing from the marketplace.


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If the invention/discovery you want to commercialize is either related to an individual's employment, appointment, or association with a University, or is/was conceived, created, or developed on University time or with the use of University Resources, it must be disclosed to the University. Please contact your University's Intellectual Property Management office for details/instructions.
A team is required to have either a PI or a TL, but not both. The PI can serve as both. For a more detailed explanation of the roles, please visit prior to submitting this application.
An email address is required for both the PI and TL, as applicable to your team.
Technical Lead (TL) is a specific role on the I-Corps Team and Principal Investigator (PI) is a specific role on the NSF proposal and award. Typically these roles will be filled by the same person. The roles are distinct to add flexibility for the Team. For instance, there may be a situation where a Post Doc is serving as a Technical Lead on the team but may not be eligible to be a PI on a NSF proposal. In this case the team can have someone else at the academic institution serve as the proposal and award PI. If your team only has a PI, please enter NA in this field to continue the application.
If you have not identified an Industry Mentor, please leave the IM Fields blank. The I-Corps Site Staff will assist you in identifying a Mentor.