Help Solve the Critical Challenge of Our Time


Applications for Cohort 7 are closed. Applications for Cohort 8 will open on October 15, 2023 and will close at 5 p.m. CT on November 30th, 2023.

Cohort 7 – CLOSED

This PDF form is available to draft your answers to the Cohort 7 application before submitting the online application here.

Know someone who would be perfect for our program? Nominate them here!

Cohort 7 Info Webinars 

Have questions about the program or applying? Drop into CRI’s Zoom office hours every Friday from 2-3 p.m. Central starting October 21 and ending Friday, November 18, 2022.

Read the FAQs to learn more about the program and process.

Note: applicants must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent U.S. resident at the time they submit an application.

See the CRI Director Dick Co talk about applying for Cohort 7.

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


Can your clean energy technology help solve climate change?

It takes a special type of innovator to tackle the world’s greatest challenges in clean energy. 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.

CRI is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Program (LEEP). Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm talks about the value LEEP provides to early-stage cleantech startups.


CRI provides this support system for the best and brightest innovators. Learn about the fellowship benefits.

CRI accepts applications for its two-year fellowship primarily in cleantech areas that leverage the vast resources and specialty focus areas at Argonne.