Volume 90 Issue 34 | pp. 24-26
Issue Date: August 20, 2012

NSF Program Fosters Scientists’ Entrepreneurial Spirit

I-Corps helps agency researchers determine whether their discoveries can make successful start-ups
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Entrepreneurs
Keywords: NSF, start-up business, innovation corps

Like many scientists, Darren W. Johnson of the University of Oregon thought he knew how a discovery in his lab would be useful in the real world.

But after going through the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, which is designed to help scientists explore the commercial viability of their NSF-supported basic research, he realized he had it all wrong.

“I thought you come up with cool basic science and . . .

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