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Technologist in Residence Program

The Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program has been designed to streamline engagement and increase collaborative research and development (R&D) between national labs and private sector companies. Learn more about the TIR program vision, goals, how the program works, and  the first TIR lab and company pairs.
The vision of the TIR program is to catalyze strong national laboratory-industry relationships that result in significant growth in high-impact collaborative research and development. The goals of the TIR program are to:

  • Increase collaborative research and development between national laboratories and private sector companies.
  • Develop a streamlined method for companies to establish long-term relationships with national laboratories that result in collaborative research and development.

How the Technologist in Residence (TIR) Program will work:

 How the TIR Program Will Work

When we work together, we’re greater than the sum of our parts, and collaborative lab-industry partnerships will bring us one step closer to seizing the enormous clean energy manufacturing and jobs opportunity that stands before us as a nation.

On September 15, 2015, DOE announced the first Technologist in Residence pairs:

Argonne National Laboratory and Capstone Turbine Corporation
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) using Microturbines: explore new research topics associated with micro-turbines in CHP applications for market and environmental benefits.
Argonne National Laboratory and the International Consortium for Advanced Manufacturing Research (ICAMR)
  • Mass-Manufacturing via Atomic Layer Deposition: focus on the development of innovative manufacturing processes, materials, and equipment for advanced sensors and other future high-tech products (e.g., emitters, modulators, and energy and communications devices/systems).
Argonne National Laboratory and Cummins
  • Development of Range-Extended Electric Vehicles: concentrate on energy-efficient heavy-duty vehicles, particularly range-extended electric vehicles, to save energy and fuel in the trucking industry.
Los Alamos National Lab and Proctor & Gamble (P&G)
  • Accelerated Innovation for Large-scale, Sustainable Manufacturing: Leverage national laboratory resources in science, engineering, and technology to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing at P&G facilities.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Hewlett-Packard
  • Sustainable Data Centers: catalyze and lead a new coalition of national laboratories and U.S. industry partners to address the challenge of energy-efficient and sustainable data centers.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Alcoa
  • Additive and Other Advanced Manufacturing of Lightweight Structures and Functional Energy Systems: develop a long-term strategic partnership in additive manufacturing and other advanced manufacturing techniques.

Technologist in Residence Quick Facts

What is the TIR Program? A Department of Energy Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative and National Lab Impact Initiative designed to streamline engagement and increase collaborative R&D between national labs and private sector companies.
What are the benefits? National lab scientists help identify the resources, facilities, and research from all 17 labs that can be used to find R&D solutions for industry challenges, while members of industry will gain a better understanding of lab capabilities. The national labs also gain greater knowledge of industry’s present concerns and interest areas. The pairs work toward CEMI’s core objectives of increasing U.S. competiveness in manufacturing clean energy technologies and boosting energy productivity.
Who can apply to participate in the program? Prospective applicants are labs who identify an internal technologist and an industry partner who may represent a single company or a consortium of companies. The TIR program recognizes senior technologists as individuals who have the authority and expertise to (1) identify the challenges and needs of the participating industry members or resources and capabilities of the national labs; (2) propose collaborative R&D efforts to meet the industry member’s most strategic scientific, technological, and business issues; and (3) develop specific agreements and scopes of work for proposed R&D activities.

Evaluation criteria includes the technical focus, proposed approach and work plan, and team competency and resources. While companies that already have written agreements, such as a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) or Work-for-Others Agreement (WFO), are not excluded from the application process, proposals will be evaluated based in part on the degree to which they demonstrate additionality; a new relationship between labs and a private sector industry partner, or a previously unexplored area of focus.

Why should you apply? Through the TIR program, labs and industry alike receive greater insight into the needs and capabilities of their partners. Additionally, each TIR pair forms a general agreement that streamlines the company’s ability to form partnerships with the other national labs, making lab facilities, expertise, and instrumentation that much easier to access.