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Application Information

Thank you for your interest in Innovation Crossroads. The call for Cohort 4 applications closed on October 31st and applications are currently being reviewed by a team of technical and business experts. You are encouraged to frequently visit our website and follow us on social media for information pertaining to future program opportunities. Please direct questions to

Application timeline

  • Applications open: September 17, 2019 at 8:00 am (EDT)
  • Applications close: October 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm (EDT)
  • Initial application review: November 2019
    Applications are reviewed by the Innovation Crossroads team, as well as scientific and industry subject matter experts
  • Phone interviews: December 2019
    Based on initial review, selected applicants will be invited to conduct a brief phone screen with the Innovation Crossroads team.
  • In-person interviews: January/February 2020
    Interviewees will be invited to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory to tour facilities, connect with potential collaborators, principal investigators and mentors, and present for our team of reviewers.
  • Cohort four selected: March 2020
  • Cohort four starts at Innovation Crossroads: May 2020

What you get

Participants selected for cohort four will receive: *

  • A two-year fellowship – Includes a personal living stipend of up to $90,000/year depending on education and experience, along with health insurance and travel allowance
  • Lab access and research funding – In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, equipment, and expertise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, fellows receive up to $200,000 of R&D funding to support collaboration opportunities with researchers across the lab.
  • Business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking – Participants receive access to experienced business mentors, entrepreneurial training programs, and exclusive networking opportunities. Innovators are also exposed to a wide range of leaders from academia, industry, government, and finance that can serve as advisors and partners.

*All support is subject to performance and availability of funds.

Eligibility criteria

For acceptance into the program, applicants:

  • Must have PhD or equivalent experience
  • Must be focused on energy or manufacturing innovation
  • Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on the Department of Energy (DOE) or Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) mission
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area
  • Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application

Application information

Innovation Crossroads will select up to seven entrepreneurial fellows for cohort four. Sponsors include DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Fellows are selected in part based on their ability to advance our sponsors’ mission. Specific topics of interest identified by our sponsors are listed below.

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Application materials

Applications should consist of a single PDF document containing the following information:

  • Resume (one page)
    Please provide a resume highlighting your education, experience, and skills.
  • Project abstract (one paragraph)
    Provide an abbreviated summary of your research technology.
  • Tell us about yourself (one page)
    Explain why you have chosen to pursue an entrepreneurial career path.
  • Tell us about your technology concept (two pages)
    Describe the technology concept you want to pursue. Use the Heilmeier catechism as a guide for what’s most relevant.
  • What is the potential impact on the DOE or TVA mission? (one paragraph)
    Please comment on the potential for impact on the sponsor’s mission area for your primary application track.
  • Why ORNL and Innovation Crossroads? (one page)
    What most attracts you to Innovation Crossroads? Why would this be the ideal home for you and your project? Which people and/or facilities at ORNL would be particularly valuable in supporting your work?
  • What else? (one page)
    An extra page for anything else that you feel we should know.

Render and submit a single PDF that precisely follows the page guidance above. For example, “one page” means precisely a single page with no spill over.

To ensure maximum protection of your information, please mark all pages of your application with the footer “Confidential and Proprietary”.