Free NSF I-Corps Virtual Course Summer 2024

May 14, 2024, 2 p.m.

NSF I-Corps Regional Course June 17 - July 17, 2024

Syracuse University will host a free, virtual U.S. National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (NSF I-Corps) regional course focused on the semiconductor industry from June 17 – July 17, 2024. The program is for university and community-based researchers and early-stage startup founders who are interested in exploring the market potential of their work and learning entrepreneurial skills. Course participants selected will have an opportunity to attend SEMICON West convention in San Francisco from July 9 – 11, 2024 for free. Applications are open to university and community partners from across the Interior Northeast I-Corps Hub (IN I-Corps) consortium. Spaces are limited and the application deadline is Wednesday, May 22. Learn more and register online.

Upstate New York is rapidly becoming a national hub for semiconductor research and manufacturing, with a $100 billion+ announced investment by Micron. This NSF I-Corps course is an extraordinary opportunity to be part of a semiconductor-focused national program to catalyze innovation and commercialization. Researchers, faculty, graduate students and semiconductor innovators selected for this prestigious cohort will have the opportunity to attend SEMICON West as a guest of the NSF I-Corp program. Accepted teams can receive up to $5,000 in travel reimbursement, depending on team size*.

The monthlong virtual course is taught by NSF-trained instructors through Syracuse University, in collaboration with the University of Rochester as a partner in the Interior Northeast I-Corps Hub (IN I-Corps), funded by the NSF, led by Cornell University and with other collaborators, including Dartmouth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Buffalo, University of Pittsburgh, University of Rochester, University of Vermont and West Virginia University. The Hub is part of the National Innovation Network, connecting researchers, entrepreneurial communities and federal agencies to help commercialize research.

Application criteria include:

NSF I-Corps course programming at Syracuse University is co-led by Linda Dickerson Hartsock, strategic initiatives advisor, Syracuse University Libraries, who was founding director of the Blackstone LaunchPad, and Jeff Fuchsberg, director, Syracuse Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering. Both Hartsock and Fuchsberg led the Syracuse Tech Garden before joining the University. Fuchsberg will also be a co-instructor for the semiconductor course.

Read more about Syracuse University’s participation in the new IN I-Corps Consortium and its $15 million STEM innovation program. The initiative aims to create a cohesive innovation ecosystem through inclusive models of education and workforce training designed to catalyze innovation in economically underserved areas.

Partners in Syracuse University’s NSF I-Corps programming are resource providers across campus, including the Office of Research, Office of Technology Transfer, Syracuse University Libraries, the College of Law’s Innovation Law Center, the College of Engineering and Computer Science and its Center for Advanced Systems and Engineering, and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

For more information about the upcoming NSF I-Corps course, contact Linda Dickerson Hartsock ( or Jeff Fuchsberg (

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