National Science Foundation I-Corps Program
Through the Burke Center, Spring Hill College students are eligible to participate in the National Science Foundation National Innovation Network program hosted by the University of South Alabama in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the college laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.
Components of the program work together to grow and sustain the national innovation ecosystem. Through NSF activities and collaboration with other government agencies, NSF helps foster innovation among faculty and students, promote regional coordination and linkages and develop networks.
I-Corps Teams participate in the seven-week I-Corps curriculum. Each I-Corps Team learns what it will take to achieve a commercial impact with their innovation. The I-Corps curriculum enables teams to systematically identify and address knowledge gaps in order to understand the most appropriate path forward for their technology concept. I-Corps Team awards support the team’s participation in the curriculum and their customer discovery work.