Interested in DOE’s Energy I-Corps program? Let TCP know now
A call for applicants for Cohort 7 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy I-Corps program should be issued in mid-December, so Argonne’s Technology Commercialization and Partnerships Division (TCP) is asking Argonne researchers with interest in the program to contact TCP so we may coordinate efforts and provide support.
This call is open to researchers who work in advanced manufacturing, building energy technologies, electricity and energy reliability, fuel cell technologies, vehicle technologies, nuclear engineering, fossil energy or environmental management.
TCP requests that interested Argonne researchers contact John Carlisle (815) 272-3969, Argonne’s Innovation Program coordinator, to make him aware of their interest. Carlisle will also be happy to answer any questions researchers might have about the program.
DOE invests millions of dollars every year in U.S. national labs, yet without industry engagement and a business mindset at the labs, that investment has limited economic return.
Energy I-Corps pairs teams of researchers with industry mentors for an intensive two-month training program, during which researchers define technology value propositions, conduct customer discovery interviews, and develop viable market pathways for their technologies. Researchers return to their respective labs 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 the 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.
For more information, visit the Energy I-Corps page on Inside Argonne.