MSG has been selected to support the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the conduct of a feasibility study of methodological approaches to undertake an impact evaluation of the Innovation Corps Program (I-Corps). As part of this work, MSG will design data collection and sampling plans, assess potential methods for impact analysis, and provide a quasi-experimental or econometric evaluation design based on the feasibility of data and the expected outcomes defined to measure the long-term impact of the I-Corps Teams program.
The I-Corps Teams program seeks to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support - in the form of mentoring and funding - to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. As NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society the I-Corps Program is uniquely poised to jumpstart a national innovation ecosystem through it’s I-Corp Teams, I-Corps Regional Nodes and I-Corps Sites.
“The MSG team is excited to help NSF in this work by meeting both their immediate feasibility study needs as well as planning for long-term sustainable evaluation approaches in future studies of the I-Corps Teams Program ”, stated Jennifer Nielsen, Program Associate and one of the study leads at MSG.
The purpose of the NSF I-Corps Teams grant is to give the project team access to resources to help determine the readiness to transition technology developed by previously-funded or currently-funded NSF projects. The immediate outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go or no go decision regarding viability of products and services, 2) should the decision be to move the effort forward, a transition plan for those projects to move forward, and 3) a technology demonstration for potential partners. Long term outcomes identified for the teams are related to intellectual property licensing, commercialization and employment creation due to the commercialization of discoveries, among others.