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Free Lunch & Learn: Innovation & Broader Impact in Research, and NSF Innovation Grants
Monday, January 29, 2024
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Zupnik Forum, Room 1101, A. James Clark Hall, University of Maryland
For More Information:
Catherine Stephens
301 405 9378

All are welcome! Lunch is included!

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If you are currently exploring or would like to explore spinout, startup, or other commercial opportunities for your research projects, join us on Monday, January 29, from noon-1 p.m., for a free lunch & learn about broader impact and innovation grants for your research. University of Maryland Aerospace Engineering Professor and Chair Alison Flatau will share how resources like NSF’s I-Corps program help researchers transform innovations into successful products and services.

Learn about workshops and funding opportunities, including:

  • I-Corps Prep: a short, two-part course that teaches proven, evidence-based methods for success as an entrepreneur

  • I-Corps Teams: a $50,000 NSF grant to explore commercialization

  • TEDCO MII: a $115,000 TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative grant awarded through the UMD startup support team

  • America's Seed Fund: up to $2 million available through NSF's SBIR grant program

This will be an informal opportunity to meet and hear from the UMD I-Corps team and colleagues who have participated in the programs listed above. I-Corps leaders will also be on hand to answer questions about the program and its concepts, including Business Model Generation and Customer Discovery. In addition, they will discuss opportunities with both regional and NSF National I-Corps programs.



  • Welcome Remarks 

    • Alison Flatau, Professor and Chair, Aerospace Engineering, I-Corps Teams awardee

    • Dean Chang, Chief Innovation Officer, Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub lead PI

    • Dan Kunitz, Director, Mtech Ventures, Mid-Atlantic I-Corps Hub Executive Director and co-PI

  • Q&A

  • Lunch & Networking

UMD I-Corps is part of the NSF National Innovation Network, and UMD is the lead institution of the NSF I-Corps Mid-Atlantic Hub



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