Our Aims

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Innovative Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (IPERF) defines a new career pathway for entrepreneurial-minded doctorate degree holders in science and engineering (S&E).

IPERF addresses overlapping aims and directives of the NSF and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to:

  1. Accelerate innovation at small businesses that support federal government research needs.
  2. Broaden participation in small business innovative research and high-tech entrepreneurship.
  3. Provide non-academic opportunities to apply advanced knowledge under business constraints.
  4. Increase the number of high tech businesses started by underserved doctoral degree holders.