Innovation Corps Pilot (ROSES 2024)

Funding Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The NASA Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Pilot is intended to provide support for participation in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Program to train faculty, students in higher education, post-docs, and other researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship skills. The pilot employs education through courses to guide teams in the process of developing a business model while supporting teams as they explore the commercial potential of their research. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate and Space Technology Mission Directorate are partnering to expand the agency’s participation by leveraging the infrastructure of NSF’s I-Corps Program and National Innovation Network. 

The goal of this NASA I-Corps Pilot is to give teams the opportunity to develop the following capabilities: • Informed decision-making to facilitate research and/or technology transitions and new NASA funding opportunities. • Facilitated focus and inspiration on the commercial potential of proposed research and/or technology.  • Advanced workforce development opportunities in science missions and space technology by preparing students with a foundational education in entrepreneurship. • Enhanced entrepreneurial mindsets.

Awards for two types of courses are possible: a "Short Course" and a "National course". All pilot teams are required to take a Short Course offered by an NSF I-Corps sponsored Hub and should apply through this program element prior to registering for the Short Course. Awarded teams that complete a Short Course may then apply for funds for the National Course.  

Short Course proposals may be submitted at any time, until March 28, 2025.

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Proposals may only be submitted by non-profit research institutions and Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), including community colleges, see Section 2.1 regarding eligibility.  

Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Post Doctoral Fellows


Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

March 28, 2025