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Funding Opportunities and Competitions

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Proof of Concept Commercialization Pilot Program Innovation Corps @ Department of Defense (I-Corps @ DoD)

The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications from current/recent DoD awardees on basic research topics to receive mentoring and funding to accelerate the transition and commercialization of the funded research. 

The I-Corps @ DoD program is designed to support the acceleration of basic research innovations from qualifying institutions by providing Principal Investigators (PIs) and students with training and mentorship in customer discovery and the commercialization process. 

The goals of this program are to spur the transition of fundamental research with potential defense relevance to the marketplace, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to train students, faculty, and other researchers to understand innovation and entrepreneurship. 

There will be three outcomes of the I-Corps @ DoD program: 1) a clear go/no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan to do so, and 3) an understanding of what kind of minimum viable product demonstration would be required by key partners and customer segments. Informal White Papers due: 8 June 2018. Applications Due: 6 July 2018 by 4:00pm local Durham, NC time.

Click  here for the full program announcement.

FY 2019 NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) for the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

The full text of the Announcement will be posted on the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) at In anticipation of the upcoming CAN release, NASA WV EPSCoR Committee invites pre-proposals from eligible faculty for the FY 2018 NASA EPSCoR program (due no later than June 22, 2018). 

West Virginia may submit a package containing one proposal requesting up to $750,000 in federal funds for a three year period. A cost share of at least 50% from non-federal sources is required. For more information, please visit the following  link.