University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

NSF makes program announcement for I-Corps Node with limited submission

The National Science Foundation has issued the following program announcement which allow UND to submit only a limited number of submissions.

Innovation Corps-Regional Node Program (I-Corps Node_
Solicitation # 12-586
The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

The National Science Foundation plans to build upon the I-Corps program and establish a National Innovation Network comprised of I-Corps Regional Nodes that will support the needs for innovation research and education. NSF is seeking to build a network of regional nodes that will work cooperatively to establish, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. The interconnected nodes of this network may be diverse in research areas, resources, tools, programs, capabilities, and in geographic locations - while the network will have the flexibility to grow or reconfigure as needs arise. I-Corps Regional Nodes will foster understanding on how to: 1) identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value, 2) create and implement tools and resources that enhance our nation's innovation capacity, 3) gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of those participating in the I-Corps program and 4) share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale - to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry.

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If you are interested in submitting a proposal to NSF for any of the programs, please let us know. Preproposals are due in Research Development and Compliance (RD&C) by 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, ( or 777-4278).

As a result of the limited number of proposals that can be submitted, UND will conduct an internal review of preproposals. Preproposals should consist of the following sections:

  • Cover page listing the project name, collaborators, contact person, total budget amount
  • Instrument(s) to be purchased or developed and its(their) function(s)
  • Impact on the research program of the collaborators, department(s), and college(s)
  • Impact on the university‚Äôs mission as a whole
  • Detailed budget

Preproposals should be no more than three pages in length using a reasonable format (one inch margins, font size 11, single-spaced. Criteria used for reviewing preproposals will include appropriateness to the goal of the program; probability for funding by NSF; reasonableness of budgetary requests; and impact of the request on the university and the academic units involved. Investigators will be notified of the review results as soon as possible in order to provide as much time as possible to prepare a final proposal for submission.

-- Barry Milavetz, associate vice president for Research and Economic Development, 777.4278,

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