In support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) mission to secure U.S. leadership in clean energy technology, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is committed to improving the DOE national laboratories’ commercial impact on clean energy industries. As a part of this effort, EERE’s Technology-to-Market team within the Office of Strategic Programs has created a pilot program called Lab-Corps, which will empower DOE national lab teams to identify market applications and private sector partners to commercialize high-impact technologies.
Lab-Corps builds on the validated National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) model and has the potential to scale across different DOE program offices. The following DOE offices are participating in the current round:
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
- Office of Nuclear Energy (NE)
- Office of Fossil Energy (FE)
- Office of Science (SC)
- Office of Environmental Management (EM)
- Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)
Eight DOE laboratories were selected to participate in the $2.3 million Lab-Corps program to assemble entrepreneurial teams to identify private sector opportunities for commercializing promising sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency technologies.
Lab-Corps is managed by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) with support from Brookhaven National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories. The additional five participating national laboratory sites are:
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Idaho National Laboratory
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Through Lab-Corps, the national laboratories test innovative models and gather metrics to identify best practices that support potential full-scale implementation of the Lab-Corps program across the entire DOE national laboratory space.
Information for employees who are interested in applying to the program is available on Inside Argonne.