Create a Lasting Legacy With Your Work

Thank you for your interest. Applications for Cohort 5 are now closed.

Applications for Cohort 6 will be accepted beginning September 21, 2021 and close at 5 p.m. Central Time on October 31, 2021. Read the FAQs to learn more. If you’d like to pre-apply, click here.

Info Webinars

To help answer questions about the program, we’re hosting a series of webinars for Cohort 6 applicants. Mark your calendar for the dates below. Webinar registration will be available starting in early August.

Wednesday, August 25, 11 a.m.

Tuesday, September 14, 2 p.m.

Friday, October 1, 10 a.m.

Thursday, October 21, 3 p.m.

Have a startup that’s focused on Building Technologies? Learn how you can be supported in our program. Watch DOE EERE BTO Video

Are you that special kind of innovator?

It takes a special type of innovator to tackle the world’s greatest challenges in energy and science. And it takes a special type of program to help that innovator succeed.

Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) wants to ensure innovators who are pursuing transformational technologies thrive by offering an unparalleled level of support that bridges the chasm between the creation of an idea and its readiness for the marketplace.

Most energy- and science-based technology ideas wither and die in this void, unable to secure the financial, technical, and business support required to endure the long development and initial prototype phases. CRI provides this support system for the best and brightest innovators. Learn about the benefits of becoming an innovator here.

CRI accepts applications in technology areas that leverage the vast resources and specialty focus areas at Argonne.

Argonne Chain Reaction Innovations: John Carlisle, Director of Chain Reaction Innovations, talks how CRI provides a unique opportunity to energy entrepreneurs to move their tech to market.

Become a part of Chain Reaction Innovations


  • Read the CRI FAQ
  • CRI hosts Demo Day each year where innovators pitch to an audience of potential investors and fellow technologists. Save the date–Demo Day will be held on September 21, 2021.