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Eligibility & Guidelines

Eligibility

Proposed business technical ventures should be in either the idea, development, or startup stages and have a scalable impact. Startups can be in a wide variety of topics including (but not limited to) medical devices, mobile applications, software, physical products, internet of things, social startups, hardware, wearables, etc.

Accepted teams must commit to an initial training session, 10-12 Customer interviews, Failure to complete these elements of the program may be grounds for disqualification from the NSF I-Corps Site program and forfeiture and/or repayment of any grant awards associated with the program.

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected on the basis of team, intellectual property/technology strength, and fit with the I-Corps Program mission.

Guidelines for Submissions

  • All additional application materials must be submitted via email after the submission of I-Corps application (for all schools).
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Space is limited.
  • The I-Corps application will require the resume / CV of all team members. An executive summary should also be provided. Please email materials to: Ruth Dubey.
  • Upon acceptance to the program an itemized financial plan (xls) for the funds is required.
    (All expenses must be either purchased through the UMass Lowell I-Corps Site program administrator or be reimbursed after personal purchase. All expenses must be approved by I-Corps Site program Administration prior to purchase.
    (Please download Purchase Request (xls) and submit by email to: Ruth Dubey)

Financial Details

  • Teams must spend their Grant Awards in the specified Spending Windows. Teams must determine the dates they plan to spend the Grant Award. This can be done using the itemized financial plan.
  • Types of acceptable expenses are:
    • Materials and Supplies - Materials and supplies used to create a prototype (for product) or pilot program (for services)
    • Meetings and Conferences - Cost of admission as well as ancillary costs (i.e., transportation, meals, speaker’s fees, etc.
    • Conferences related to your product/service’s industry
    • Meetings hosted by the team for the purpose of customer discovery or market research
    • Transportation - Costs related to attaining face-to-face interviews or the delivery of goods (i.e., postage)
    • Travel Costs - Costs related to travel, accommodations, and meals while traveling
    • Contractors - Contracted work is only approved so long as the proposed work is to be completed by:
    • a student of a participating College or University or a firm the meets RPI’s contractor guidelines ​

All expenses must be either purchased through the Mass I-Corps Site program administrator or be reimbursed after personal purchase. All expenses must be approved by I-Corps Site program Administration prior to purchase.

Required Forms

Please email Nancy Saucier or contact her by phone at 978-934-3212 with any questions regarding the I-Corp Program at UMass.