Help Solve the Critical Challenge of our Time

Applications for Cohort 6 are now closed. Thank you for your interest in the program. Applications for Cohort 7 will open October 15 and close on November 30th, 2022. Pre-Apply here.

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 staff talk about the benefits of being in the program.

John Carlisle, Senior Advisor

Deena Wright, Senior Program Specialist

Wenora Johnson, Administrative Lead


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.

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 here.

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

Argonne Chain Reaction Innovations: John Carlisle, Senior Advisor, 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
  • 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