NCATS I-Corps Training for Phase I SBIR/STTR Grantees

@ 5:00 pm

Immerse Your Small Business Team in Entrepreneurship Training (Free)

The deadline applications is November 15, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. local time.


The business of commercializing a new technology requires a separate set of skills – ones that aren’t usually covered during scientific training. Learn how to understand your customers, form strategic partnerships and attract investors and ultimately advance your innovation to the commercial market through the I-Corps™ at NIH entrepreneurship course.

The I-Corps Program is currently accepting applications for PAR-22-073 for the next application cycle cohort. The National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS) SBIR & STTR program invites its Phase I SBIR & STTR awardees to apply. You can apply for the next cohort of I-Corps at NIH though the NIH ASSIST platform until 5:00 p.m. your local time on November 15, 2023. Eligible contractors may reach out to their Contract Officer for application details.

The I-Corps at NIH program will provide you with hands-on training from experienced industry professionals to help you transition from researcher to entrepreneur on your path towards commercialization. Past participants have used lessons learned at I-Corps at NIH to write strong Phase II applications, win partnerships and investments, and build a wide network in the field.

Phase I SBIR and STTR awardees teams that are selected for the program will spend eight weeks outside the lab, learning to succeed in business through intensive in-person and online courses, mentoring, networking and market research. Graduates will know how to focus their business plans, reach their potential customers and effectively demonstrate the value of their innovation.

Benefits of the I-Corps Program

  • Up to $55,000 to cover direct program costs
  • Training from experts in the biotech market
  • Opportunities and skills to expand your professional network

Confidence and skills to create a comprehensive business model


Important Dates for the 2024 Cohorts

Cohort 1 Cohort 2 Cohort 3 NCI Only
Application Due Date November 15, 2023 January 31, 2024 April 30, 2024
Phone Interview January 9 – 10, 2024 March 11-12, 2024 May 27-28, 2024
Kick-off Venue TBD (In person) TBD (In person) TBD
Course Kick-off March 4-7, 2024 May 6-9, 2024 July 8-11, 2024
Webinars (Virtual) March 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 2024
May 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 18, 2024
July 17, 24, 31
Aug 7, 14, 21, 2024
Close-out Venue Bethesda MD, (In person) Bethesda MD, (In person) TBD
Course Close-out April 22-23, 2024 June 24-25, 2024 Aug 26-27, 2024
Cohort Size 24 Teams 24 Teams 8-16 Teams

Questions? NCATS encourages applicants to email to discuss potential project ideas and related questions.