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October 15, 2023 | Tom Ballard

Applications open October 16 for next “Innovation Crossroads” cohort

Three webinars are planned between now and the November 30 application deadline to brief those wanting more information.

Applications for Cohort 8 of the “Innovation Crossroads” program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), also known as Cohort 2024, open October 16 and close November 30.

The Southeast’s only entrepreneurial research and development program based at a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory, “Innovation Crossroads” was founded to address the critical need to accelerate the applied research, development, and deployment of technologies based in the physical sciences, such as materials and manufacturing, that are capable of transforming the nation’s energy systems.

Driving these technologies from laboratory to commercialization requires both collaborative research and development and the entrepreneurial development of the innovators working on these technologies. The program embeds innovators at ORNL for up to two years for entrepreneurial mentorship and to conduct cooperative research and development with the intention of incubating and translating innovations from proof-of-concept to proof-of-product. This unique fellowship opportunity allows selected innovators to leverage the ORNL’s world-leading scientific facilities, equipment, capabilities, and experts to advance their early-stage scientific discoveries into potential commercial opportunities within a relatively short period of time.

“Innovation Crossroads” is supported by ORNL, Tennessee Valley Authority, and a number DOE programs: Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office, Building Technologies Office, Office of Electricity, and Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research.

To help potential applicants learn more about the program, ORNL has scheduled three webinars as follows:

  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. EDT October 24;
  • 1 – 2 p.m. EST November 9; and
  • 3 – 4 p.m. EST November 27.

For more information and a link to register, click here.

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