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I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS

Fall 2019 course starts October 25th, 2019

Does your latest discovery have commercial value? Would a potential "customer" of your research welcome your technology, protocol, or intervention?

The I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS, a joint MassTERi/UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science (UMCCTS) initiative, is designed to support the translation of biomedical research by providing early-stage education and strategic guidance to faculty, staff and students during the ideation phase of technology development.

Designed specifically for the biomedical researcher at UMass, it guides interdisciplinary teams through a hands-on process of understanding the market for their technology utilizing a proven customer discovery methodology.

This short course is a pre-cursor to a selective and intense set of courses run by the NIH and NSF and known as I-Corps. The I-Corps Program at the UMCCTS is designed to give teams a feeling if they and their opportunity are ready to apply for the national classes held by NIH and NSF. This short course maintains the intensity of the full I-Corps program but limits the time commitment.

Program: Dates: Times:
Kick-off Workshop:  October 25, 2019 (in person) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Week 2: 30-minute online "office hours" with teaching team, flexible timing
Week 3: November 8, 2019: 3-hour webinar, must attend online
Week 4: 30-minute online "office hours" with teaching team, flexible timing
Week 5: November 22, 2019 (in person) 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Registration is a pre-requisite. Please read and understand the requirements of the Syllabus before applying.


 Please click on the "Register" link above to apply for the Fall course.

Program Leader


Nate Hafer, PhD

Director of Operations, UMCCTS
Assistant Professor, Molecular Medicine
UMMS, Worcester

Application Deadline:
September 30, 2019

2019 Syllabus (pdf)
2019 Flyer (pdf)