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:
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
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.
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