DC I-Corps Coordinating Institutions
UMD is the principal institution of the Node and has laid launched many pilot programs for NSF I-Corps that have become staples of the National Innovation Network, including introduction of the Abridged I-Corps Curriculum for regional I-Corps programs, and expansion of I-Corps to agencies and partners beyond NSF.
GW has an annual R&D budget of over $245 million annually and leverages the unique strengths of the university's schools in the nation's capital to serve society at large. GW runs a top 10 entrepreneurship collegiate competition in which students have the opportunity to compete in three tracks, Tech, Social, and New Venture, and bring an idea to the table, work with mentors to craft and pitch a stellar idea, and vie for cash and non-cash prizes equaling $500,000.
JHU joined the DC Node in 2014 becoming the first school to be added to a Node grant. They maintain numerous entrepreneurship and research facilities including Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, and the FastForward program which is the university’s home for startup activity. As a part of the Node, JHU’s seeks to advance the knowledge and understanding of the commercial potential of life and basic science research while providing access to the life science expertise of JHU to include translation, partnering, and entrepreneurship for the greater National Innovation Network.
Virginia Tech manages a research portfolio of $522 million, and VT’s College of Engineering has been ranked sixth among engineering schools at U.S. public universities. At Virginia Tech, successful technology transfer is regarded as an imperative, stemming from its service-oriented mission as a land-grant university. Moreover, technology transfer is central to multiple major initiatives, including the university’s new $1B Innovation Campus in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, the expansion of programs at its Blacksburg, and the university’s leadership role in Virginia’s Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.
All Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Sites