Electron microscopy at the Sensitive Instrument Facility

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Critical Materials Institute seeking Innovation Projects

The topics of interest for the Open Innovation Projects call focus on challenges that currently limit the establishment of domestic supply chains for critical materials. Industrial organizations are invited to propose new ideas with the goal of advancing the current research and development portfolio.

CMI is requesting proposals that address specific challenges to establishing domestic supply chains for critical materials, including:

Transformational process innovation that will unlock unconventional sources of critical materials into commercial resources;

New, highly selective separation methods for complex sources of critical materials; and,

Innovative solutions for recovery and conversion of critical minerals into high-value end products.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office, CMI anticipates making up to six awards. Up to $4 million in federal funding is available for the project call.

View the call for proposals and full submission requirements HERE

LightMat: Funding Opportunity for Collaboration with National Laboratories

To accelerate innovation and adoption of new lightweighting technologies for on-highway vehicles, LightMAT is releasing its fifth-round opportunity for directed funding assistance (DFA). Interested industry partners wanting to collaborate with research experts and leverage unique materials capabilities at U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories are encouraged to apply. Proposals will be accepted through September 2020.

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The Lab Partnering Service is a service of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Technology Transitions. The service provides investors, and other parties looking to advance energy innovation, a single location to connect with leading DOE national laboratory technical experts to quickly answer innovation questions, as well as discover opportunities for building partnerships.