Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 10/11/2023

Oak Ridge National Laboratory Innovation Crossroads

Innovation Crossroads is a fellowship program based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace.

Through an annual call, up to seven entrepreneurs will be selected to transform their ideas into energy, advanced manufacturing, and integrated grid companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Innovators will receive a fellowship that includes a personal living stipend, benefits, and travel allowance for up to two years, plus substantial funding to use on collaborative research and development at ORNL.

Deadline: Oct. 16, 2023

Eligibility Requirements
  • For acceptance into the program, applicants:

  • Must have PhD or equivalent experience
  • Must be focused on energy or manufacturing innovation
  • Must leverage ORNL R&D capabilities and have an impact on the Department of Energy (DOE) or Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) mission
  • Must be willing to relocate to the Knoxville-Oak Ridge area
  • Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident at time of application
Amount Description
  • A two-year fellowship – Includes a personal living stipend of up to $90,000/year depending on education and experience, along with health insurance and travel allowance
  • Lab access and research funding – In addition to unparalleled access to facilities, equipment, and expertise at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, fellows receive $200,000 of R&D funding to support collaboration opportunities with researchers across the lab.
  • Business mentors, entrepreneurial training, and networking – Participants 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.