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    The Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships (IIP) is seeking candidates for the Program Director position for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) Program in Alexandria, VA.

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    The National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program serves the nation by enabling the transformation of invention to impact, based on an approach of integrating scientific inquiry and industrial discovery in an inclusive, data-driven culture driven by rigor, relevance, and evidence. It prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory. Through I-Corps™, NSF-funded researchers learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research and gain practical skills in entrepreneurship. Ultimately, I-Corps accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization. NSF created I-Corps to train faculty, students and other researchers in innovation and entrepreneurship skills, to encourage collaboration between academia and industry, and to stimulate the translation of fundamental research to the marketplace. NSF seeks to strengthen a national innovation ecosystem that helps foster innovation among faculty and students, promotes regional coordination and linkages, and develops networks to address pressing societal challenges and economic opportunities for the nation.

    Program Directors at the NSF are in charge of specific research areas and program activities. They solicit, receive and review research and education proposals, make funding recommendations, administer awards, conduct site visits and execute program activities. They are also responsible for interaction with other Federal agencies, forming and guiding interagency collaborations, and service to Foundation-wide activities.

    The I-Corps Program Director team oversees the I-Corps program to build, utilize and sustain an innovation ecosystem that enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

    The I-Corps Program Directors will ensure that the I-Corps program fosters an understanding of how to:

    • Identify, develop and support promising ideas that can generate value,
    • Create and implement tools and resources that enhance our nation's innovation capacity,
    • Gather, analyze, evaluate and utilize the data and insight resulting from the experiences of the I-Corps Teams, and
    • Share and leverage effective innovation practices on a national scale to improve the quality of life for the U.S. citizenry.

    Travel Required

    25% or less - Travel required 25% or less of the time.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0340 Program Management

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/580559200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.