National Lab Support to Create Energy and Advanced Manufacturing Companies

Innovation Crossroads is a new program based at ORNL that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace.

Through an annual call, up to five entrepreneurs will be selected to transform their ideas into energy and advanced manufacturing companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). Innovators will receive a fellowship that covers living costs, benefits and a travel stipend for up to two years, plus up to $350,000 to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL. Each innovator will also be paired with a doctoral student from the University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education for assistance with market research and customer discovery.

Requirements

  • Must have completed the requirements for PhD by time of entry into program
  • Must be focused on energy or manufacturing innovation
  • Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on Dept of Energy missions
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area
  • Must be US citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application

Key Dates

  • September 19, 2017: Applications for Cohort 2 Open
  • September 28, 2017: Innovation Crossroads Information Webinar
  • October 30, 2017: Applications Close
  • May, 2018: Cohort 2 Onboard

Benefits

Acceptance into Innovation Crossroads includes:
  • Fellowship stipends for up to two years, including travel and health benefits
  • R&D funding support to be used in collaboration with ORNL researchers and
  • Business mentorship, entrepreneurial training, and introductions to potential partners