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Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN, United States
19 days ago
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
19 days ago



Innovation Crossroads will help selected innovators in the physical sciences and energy technologies to mature their early-stage innovations. The Department of Energy and Tennessee Valley Authority will provide funding to Oak Ridge National Laboratory to support selected innovators in developing their technology. Additionally, program sponsors will provide an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellowship to the selected innovators for the first year, with the possibility of renewal, subject to a one-year review, for support up to a total of two years through this program. Oak Ridge National Laboratory is presently searching for innovators for its sixth cohort of the Innovation Crossroads program. Benefits to selected innovators may include up to 24 months of Innovation Crossroads resources (subject to performance and availability of funding) including the following:

  • A two-year fellowship – Innovators receive a yearly living stipend of $78,900 to $89,000, along with a health insurance stipend and professional development allowance (e.g., travel funding, educational training and development, customer discovery activities).
  • World-class lab access and research funding – In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, research tools, equipment, and expertise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, innovators receive R&D funding to support collaboration opportunities with researchers across the lab.
  • Business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking – Innovators 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.

Application Timeline:

  • Applications open: September 21, 2021 at 8:00 am (ET)
  • Applications close: October 31, 2021 at 8:00 pm (ET)
  • Written application review: November 2021
    Applications are reviewed by the Innovation Crossroads team, as well as scientific and industry subject matter experts
  • Internal pre-screening interview: December 2021
    Candidates who meet all required eligibility criteria will be invited to conduct an informal virtual pre-screen interview with the Innovation Crossroads Team to learn more about the candidate, their technology/company, and address any questions that they have about the program or process
  • Market opportunity assessment: December 2021/January 2022
    The ORNL Technology Transfer Office will perform a market opportunity assessment on potential semifinal technologies/companies to identify a value proposition, target market, competitive landscape, competitive differentiators, risk/threats, etc.
  • Virtual semifinal interviews: January 2022
    Semifinalists invited to present to a review panel made up of representatives from the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and internal program champions
  • In-person final interviews: February 2022
    Finalists invited to visit ORNL to tour facilities, connect with potential collaborators, principal investigators, and mentors, and present to a talented team of investors, business executives, and experienced entrepreneurs from across the country
  • Cohort six selected: March/April 2022
  • Cohort six starts at Innovation Crossroads: June 2022

Technology Areas:

Innovators must focus on an emerging technology that will advance the development of clean energy, advanced manufacturing, a shared integrated grid, and/or smart buildings. Innovation Crossroads seeks entrepreneurs advancing technologies to overcome complex scientific challenges that require a lengthy development cycle of about two years to reach the pre-commercial prototype stage. 

Technology areas of interest, as identified by our sponsors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
    Scientific breakthroughs in next-generation materials, innovative processes, recycling and reclamation technologies, artificial intelligence and enabling technologies, machine tools, and robotics, controls, and automation.
  • Atmospheric Decarbonization
    Scientific breakthroughs fostering innovation in pathways to net-zero carbon emissions, earth system modeling, data integration, dissemination, and informatics, integrative ecosystem science and impacts adaptation, and community dynamics. 
  • Building Technologies
    Scientific breakthroughs in building electric appliances, devices, and systems, building energy modeling, green and energy efficient practices, advanced building envelope, building equipment and controls, thermal energy storage, grid-interactive efficiencies, and advanced building construction.
  • Digital Economy
    Scientific breakthroughs in data, computing, Wi-Fi, broadband, smart cities, connected communities, manufacturing, and automation.   
  • Electrification and Energy Infrastructures
    Scientific breakthroughs to improve the reliability, sustainability, and efficiencies of energy storage systems, electric grid protections and controls, and advancements in power electronics.
  • Energy Technology Innovation
    Scientific breakthroughs in electric vehicle evolution, storage integration, regional grid transformation, transmission and distribution (T&D) integration and controls, sensors, distributed energy resources, advanced nuclear solutions, connected communities, and advanced hydrogen economy.
  • Industry Decarbonization
    Scientific breakthroughs in direct air capture, low-carbon generation and manufacturing, net-zero chemical processes, and the climate positive production of cement and steel. 
  • Intelligent Systems and Facilities (INTERSECT)
    Scientific breakthroughs with autonomous experiments, “self-driving” laboratories, smart manufacturing, and AI-driven design, discovery, and evaluation.

Learn More + Apply Now


For acceptance into the program, applicants:

  • Must apply as an individual, not as a company or organization
  • Must have PhD or equivalent experience
  • Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on the Department of Energy and/or Tennessee Valley Authority mission 
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area for 2-years
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application
  • Must have raised no more the $2M USD in debt or equity funding from non-government sources within 3 years prior to program application
  • Must successfully execute a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with ORNL
  • Must disclose background IP rights, if necessary, that may be needed to freely operate on R&D related tasks as outlined within the CRADA

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59063257
  • Location:
    Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
  • Position Title: Innovation Crossroads Cohort 6 Fellow
  • Company Name: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Industry: Graduate Student,Postdoctoral,Professional
  • Job Function: Other

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