The Entrepreneurship Program at Argonne opens applications for startups

Newswise – Develop your clean energy or climate technology with support from Argonne National Laboratory's Chain Reaction Innovation Program. The application deadline is November 30th at 5pm CST.

Chain reaction innovations (CRI), Lab-embedded entrepreneurship program (LEEP) at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory is now accepting applications for its eighth cohort of Innovators. Innovators with clean energy and climate technologies are encouraged applies.

CRI brings together early-stage innovators at Argonne, supporting the next generation of energy entrepreneurs in commercializing their technologies through a fellowship that offers a salary, benefits, funds for research, and a travel stipend.

“CRI works at the intersection of science and innovation with the power of a national laboratory behind it, and I look forward to hearing about transformative ideas that can benefit our unique program and ecosystem in Chicago.” – Dick Coe, CRI Director

A new cohort is selected each year through an annual call for applications. This year, the application period is open until November 30th at 5pm CST. Those selected for Cohort 8 will begin work at Argonne in the summer of 2024. Any individual interested in technology development in the desired fields is encouraged to apply.

Preferred technology areas

  • advanced materials
  • Improving production efficiency
  • Industrial decarbonization
  • Reducing the building's carbon and energy footprint
  • Solar energy
  • Quantum computing
  • Energy storage – electrical grid
  • Circularity (re-X tracks; circular economy)
  • Food, water, energy
  • Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR)
  • Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS)

“More than ever, our nation and our world must nurture and accelerate the innovations that will enable all of us to live sustainably and prosperously on this planet,” said CRI Director Dick Coe. ​”CRI works at the intersection of science and innovation, with the power of a DOE national laboratory behind it, and I look forward to hearing transformative ideas that can benefit our unique program and ecosystem in Chicago.

“At CRI, we pride ourselves on fostering a culture of inclusive innovation. Our strength lies in the diversity of our innovators, each of whom brings their own unique perspectives, new ideas and valuable insights,” said Deanna Wright, CRI's scholarship and program manager, who works closely with innovators. ​“Our goal is to ensure that the startups in our program graduate with a solid foundation of business knowledge that will enable them to not only develop their innovative technologies, but also thrive in the ever-evolving entrepreneurial landscape.

Informational webinars

CRI will host informational webinars in November for interested applicants to learn more about the specifics of the program. Registration for the webinar.

  • Wednesday, November 8 at 11:30 a.m. CST
  • Tuesday, November 28 at 4pm CST

CRI staff will also host Extend office hours Every Friday from 2-3pm CST through Friday, November 17th.

Cohort 8 scholarships

  • Two-year scholarship, including a $115,000 per year stipend
  • $12,000 per year travel allowance and health benefits
  • Financing to de-risk technological innovation
  • Access to technical experts, facilities and unique opportunities Argon
  • Network access to business experts, investors, mentors and corporate partners
  • Neither DOE nor Argonne receives a share

About CRI

Through an annual competitive process, CRI awards two-year fellowships to innovators focusing on clean energy and climate technologies. CRI's mission is to open Argonne's doors to fulfill our promise of a sustainable, prosperous, and just world—one innovator, one startup at a time.

CRI is part of Lab-embedded entrepreneurship program Supported by DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy with the help of Office of Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies (AMMTO); does Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program; of the DOE Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management; and by Argon.

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