Help Solve the Critical Challenge of our Time


Applications for Cohort 7 will open October 15 and close at 5 p.m. Central on November 30th, 2022. Pre-Apply. Know someone who would be perfect for our program? Nominate them here!

Save the Date for Cohort 7 Info Webinars

  • Tuesday, October 18, 1 p.m. Central
  • Tuesday, November 8, 1 p.m. Central
  • Monday, November 28, 3 p.m. Central

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.

Watch the Instagram Live conversation between CRI’s Director John Carlisle, Vanessa Chan, DOE’s Chief Commercialization Officer and Argonne’s Justin Breaux about how innovative startups can address climate challenges in the CRI program.


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 benefits here.

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


Become a part of Chain Reaction Innovations


  • Read the CRI FAQ
  • Attend an info webinar for tips on applying for Cohort 7
  • Browse the Argonne website to learn how your clean energy technology could utilize world-class scientific resources