Applications open for UMaine I-Corps cohort

Applications are being accepted for the first cohort of UMaine I-Corps that will begin Feb. 8.

In 2018, the National Science Foundation selected the University of Maine as the state’s first I-Corps Site.

I-Corps helps foster innovation and entrepreneurship by providing faculty, staff and students with the tools and guidance needed to identify the market opportunity for their STEM-based research. Innovations in the humanities, business, social sciences and interdisciplinary fields also are eligible if there is a technology application.

The six-week program is open to University of Maine System faculty, staff and students who want to explore the commercialization potential of their innovation regardless of whether they want to start a company. Stipends of up to $3,000 per three-member team are available.

Program dates for spring, summer and fall cohorts are Feb. 8, June 7 and Oct. 18.

Applications are on the UMaine I-Corps website and will be reviewed beginning two weeks before the start of each cohort.