Energy I-Corps program issues call for Cohort 6 applications
Applications due Thursday, May 18
Argonne’s Technology Commercialization and Partnerships Division is accepting applications for Cohort 6 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy I-Corps program.
This lab call is open to Advanced Manufacturing, Building Energy Technologies, Electricity and Energy Reliability, Fuel Cell Technologies, Vehicle Technologies, Nuclear Engineering, Fossil Energy and Environmental Management related researchers.
Interested Argonne researchers are asked to submit applications by Thursday, May 18, 2017, to Diego Fazi, Argonne’s Innovation Program Coordinator.
Applications must receive approval from the divisions and a form is included in the application packet which must be signed by division directors.
Application and additional information on the Energy I-Corps program is available on Inside Argonne.
Energy I-Corps pairs teams of researchers with industry mentors for an intensive two-month training where the researchers define technology value propositions, conduct customer discovery interviews and develop viable market pathways for their technologies. Researchers return to the lab with a framework for industry engagement to guide future research and inform a culture of market awareness within the labs. In this way, Energy I-Corps is ensuring our investment in the national labs is maintaining and strengthening U.S. competitiveness long-term.
Energy I-Corps, formerly known as DOE’s Lab-Corps, is managed by DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL leads curriculum development and execution, recruits program instructors and industry mentors, and assembles teams from the following national labs:
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Idaho National Laboratory
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Los Alamos National Laboratory
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Sandia National Laboratories
For each class of Energy I-Corps teams, these national labs recruit researchers working on energy technologies that have shown potential for commercial application. Together, these researchers receive comprehensive training and each conduct at least 75 customer discovery interviews with industry. Once they have completed the training, participants have secured the necessary industry connections and insights to ready their energy technologies for the market, and gained an industry engagement framework to apply to future research and share with fellow researchers.
Cohort 6 training dates:
Kickoff webinar: Sept. 27, 2017
In-person opening session (held in Golden, CO): Oct. 3 – 6, 2017
Weekly webinars: Wednesday afternoons Oct. 11 – Nov. 8, 2017
In-person closing session (held in Washington, DC): Nov. 14 – 16, 2017
For a full list of potential application areas, or to learn more about the Energy I-Corps program and apply, visit Argonne’s Energy I-Corps webpage.
For additional information, contact Diego Fazi at ext. 2-5796.