Apply today for DOE’s Energy I-Corps program
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a call for applicants for Cohort 7 of the Energy I-Corps program.
DOE invests millions of dollars every year in the 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.
The Cohort 7 call is open to researchers who work in:
- Advanced manufacturing
- Bioenergy technologies
- Building energy technologies
- Electric grid components, systems and controls
- Environmental management (All topic areas under this technology area will be considered, however, projects related to robotics and complementary technologies are of particular interest.)
- Fuel cells
- Geothermal technologies
- Nuclear energy
- Vehicle technologies
- Water technologies
- Wind technologies
Each team selected will receive up to $75,000 towards training. Applications are due by Jan. 24, 2018 (4 p.m. Central Standard Time), and DOE anticipates making selection announcements in early March, pending congressional budget guidance.
See DOE’s Lab Call document for detailed program information, including selection requirements and a sample syllabus. Please use the instructions/template in the Lab Call document to create an application. Questions about the program and proposal process, as well as finalized applications, should be directed to email@example.com.
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.