DOE issues call for Energy I-Corps program Cohort 11 applications
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) has issued the call for applications for Cohort 11 of the Energy I-Corps program.
The goal of the Energy I-Corps program is to increase the number of national laboratory-developed technologies that are transferred to industry, which is accomplished by training national laboratory researchers to better understand private-sector technology needs and potential pathways to market.
The deadline to submit an Intent to Apply for Cohort 11 is 4 p.m. CDT on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019. Teams that submit an Intent to Apply form will be notified by DOE whether they have been approved to submit full proposals. The deadline for full team proposals is 4 p.m. CDT on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020.
It is highly recommended that Argonne researchers leverage Argonne’s proposal writing support services; if you do, you must submit your draft proposal to David McCallum (ext. 2-4338), Argonne’s Energy I-Corps point of contact, by Dec. 20, 2019, to ensure it is ready by the deadline.
The Energy I-Corps program pairs teams of researchers with industry mentors for an intensive seven-week training course where the researchers define technology value propositions, conduct customer discovery interviews, and develop viable market pathways for their technologies. Researchers return to their laboratory with a framework for industry engagement to guide future research and inform a culture of market awareness.
Participation by Argonne researchers in Energy I-Corps promotes greater impact of Argonne research, and the skills the researchers gain are in line with Argonne’s efforts to sustain and grow a world-class community of talent.
In an effort to meet the demand for this training across new and blended technology areas, teams from any technology area will be considered for Cohort 11. Technologies submitted for consideration may be at any technology readiness level, but they should be at a stage in development that allows the team to identify potential partners within a target market.
Successful teams will be awarded up to $75,000. In the past, these funds have been used for salaries, travel to training programs and customer meetings, technology maturation, training materials, and commercialization support services.
Complete details on the call, including how to apply and application forms, can be found in the Cohort 11 Lab Call document. Note that Intent to Apply must be submitted on behalf of the team by Argonne’s Energy I-Corps point of contact. Additional information on Energy I-Corps is available at DOE’s Energy I-Corps webpage.
If you have questions, please contact McCallum.