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November 26, 2008

DOE Expands its Entrepreneur in Residence Program

DOE announced on November 19 that it is opening a competitive solicitation for five more venture capital firms to participate in the Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) program, which places entrepreneurs in DOE's national laboratories to conduct technology assessments, identify market opportunities, and accelerate them for commercialization. Each laboratory will host one entrepreneur at a given time, and that entrepreneur will be supported by up to $50,000 from both DOE and the venture capital firm. Each entrepreneur will then work with their assigned laboratory to license an identified clean energy technology and to develop a start-up business around it.

The five new venture capital firms will provide entrepreneurs to be placed at Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The new solicitation expands on the program that in February matched venture capital firms with three other DOE national laboratories: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; ARCH Venture Partners with the Sandia National Laboratories; and Foundation Capital with Oak Ridge National Laboratory. See the DOE press release and the EIR page on DOE's Commercialization and Deployment Web site.

DOE has also streamlined academic and industrial access to the high-tech user facilities at its national laboratories. In late October, DOE unveiled two pre-approved, standardized model agreements for the use of its designated user facilities, including one agreement for proprietary research and a separate agreement for non-proprietary research. While most of the DOE user facilities are used for high-energy physics research, they also include facilities relating to nanomaterials, electron microscopy, genomics, and scientific computing. See the DOE press release and links to the model agreements and a list of designated user facilities on the DOE Office of the General Council Web site.