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The Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program supports early career innovators with fresh ideas and innovative approaches to address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges. Hard technology is defined as physical devices. With support from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) and in collaboration with the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), you will have a unique opportunity to advance your early stage concept to a potentially commercialize-able opportunity with support from mentors at the UAF and at a participating Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratory.

What will I be doing?

As an Innovator, you will be paired with a UAF researcher and a DOE National Laboratory researcher who are well aligned with your focus area, and who will serve as a mentor and collaborator for your project. You will also receive commercialization and entrepreneurial support from UAF.  During your appointment, you will be expected to spend the first three to four months at UAF, and the balance of your time at a DOE National Laboratory with your DOE National Laboratory mentor. During the appointment, you will be expected to travel to UAF periodically to ensure continuation and support from UAF.  The travel periods may vary based on programmatic and research needs.

Learn more about what is required to apply for this program in application components.

Why should I apply?

Why should I apply?

As an Innovator in the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program, you will

  • Focus full-time on your advanced manufacturing idea.
  • Enhance your education and training at top tier facilities.
  • Increase your marketability.
  • Gain access to top scientists and state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Gain insight into research and career opportunities.
  • Collaborate and learn from experts researching, developing, and testing emerging technologies.

This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), for DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO).

What are the benefits?

During the program, you will receive:

  • A competitive personal stipend ranging from $72,000-$110,000/year based on academic level and experience,
  • Travel and training allowance of $15,000 per appointment period,
  • Health insurance allowance,
  • Relocation allowance up to $4,000,
  • Laboratory space and technical collaboration support from University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a DOE National Laboratory, and
  • Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program programming and mentorship.

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  • Collaborate with top scientists at the University of Alaska and a DOE National Laboratory, facilities that are uniquely positioned to address energy challenges and innovation opportunities

  • Focus full-time on your advanced manufacturing idea while receiving a competitive stipend and other benefits to support your innovation goals

  • Build relationships with potential industry partners, investors and customers

     

About the Appointment

  • The objective of this program is to allow early-career innovators to mature early-stage advanced manufacturing innovations that have the potential for significant impact and applicability to the Alaska market. With up to two years of funding from AMO, you will have the opportunity to focus full-time on your advanced manufacturing idea, on research and development (R&D) collaborations with UAF and DOE National Laboratory researchers, on entrepreneurial training and mentoring, and on building relationships with potential industry partners, investors, and customers.

    The program will benefit you by providing the resources needed to develop and refine your concepts for advancing manufacturing technologies that could help address fundamental hard technology manufacturing challenges. The program will not support projects focused in the development of software, processes, or those that deal with human and social factors.

  • In order to be considered, you must meet each of the following criteria:

    • Be either a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident (LPR) at the time of application.
    • Have completed requirements for a Master or PhD or received a Master or PhD in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field by the anticipated start date of the appointment.
    • Demonstrate interest in research with potential for broad impact that aligns with AMO’s mission to advance the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturers across the industrial sector.
    • Demonstrate interest in research and development of hard technologies to advance materials or manufacturing-based energy technology to address Alaska-specific challenges, such as seafood processing, additive manufacturing that may be particularly useful in remote locations, metal fabrication, and oil and gas industry supply chain support.
    • Be an early career Innovator, with early career defined as one of the following:
      • Have no more than five years since receipt of graduate degree as of the application deadline.
      • If more than five years since receipt of graduate degree, applicant must have an academic background and technical experience in a field applicable to advanced manufacturing innovations who have not previously founded a hard technology company within five years. Hard technology is defined as physical devices. The program will not support projects focused in the development of software, processes, or deal with human and social factors.

    Important Information

    • Preference will be given to applicants with strong ties to Alaska (former/current residency, college attendance, work experience, active exploration of Alaska challenges or engagement with Alaska technology applications).
    • You must apply as an individual, not as a company or organization. Companies and organizations may not apply, although individuals that apply may have already established a company as long as it has been within the last 5 years and have NOT raised more than $1M in private-sector equity.
    • Applicants that have started a company and has raised less than $500,000 to date are encouraged to apply.
    • You must go through a conflict of interest due diligence review and must comply with the policies of the participating host National Laboratory and UAF concerning intellectual property and release of information.
    • The program will not support projects focused in the development of software, processes, or deal with human and social factors.

    Employees of a DOE National Laboratory or employees of University of Alaska are not eligible to participate in this program.

  • Your application for the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program should be completed on Zintellect. Your applications should consist of the following components:

        • Zintellect Profile
        • Application Questions The application includes questions specific to the program and proposed project/research plan.
          • Project/Research Plan: Do not exceed the maximum number of pages for each section. Use 12-point font. Address each of the following topics and label each section with the appropriate title. Upload as one document not to exceed 10mb.
            • You (1 page max): Provide the back story on you and your project. Where did the idea originate? What is the current status of your technology? Why do you want to pursue this effort and what makes you qualified to do so? Describe your experience as an entrepreneur or bringing a technology to the market, if any.  Describe your ties to Alaska, if any.
            • Your vision (1-5 pages max): Describe the technology concept you want to pursue. Include what you are trying to do, what is the state of the art technology today, what is new in your approach and why you believe it will be successful, what are the risks, and what potential impact will there be on U.S. energy and manufacturing competitiveness. What problem is your technology solving? How does it solve the problem?  Who has this problem / what is your anticipated market?  Describe how this technology will benefit and is applicable to the challenges facing Alaska.
            • Describe why the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program is right for you (1 page max): What attracts you the most to the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program? How does your technology concept align with AMO’s mission to advance the energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturers across the industrial sector? Why would this Program be the ideal home for you and your project (vs. alternative paths)? If known, which people or facilities at University of Alaska and within the DOE National Laboratory network may be particularly valuable in supporting your work?
            • Your energy or manufacturing technology (1 page max): Describe how you envision making your technology a market reality. Please describe the market you intend to reach, its customers, potential suppliers/distributors/manufacturers, relevant intellectual property (and identification or status of any licenses, per the program eligibility requirements), barriers to entry, sophistication of market, market incumbents, etc.
          • Affiliation: Do you have any affiliation with United States Department of Energy, the University of Alaska Fairbanks, a DOE National Laboratory, or operator of a DOE National Laboratory (This information is collected to avoid possible conflict of interest).

      If yes, please identify whether you, your family members, or your company have any affiliation with the organizations listed above and the name of the family member.Family member is defined as parents, stepparents, spouse, natural or adopted children, stepchildren, legal dependents, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, stepbrothers, stepsisters, half- brothers, half-sisters, grandparents, grandparents-in-law, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, and first cousins.

          • Proposal Stage: Have you started a company to develop the concept/technology detailed in your proposal?

      If yes, name the company, capital raised to develop this technology and your current involvement with the company.

        • Transcript: Transcripts may be unofficial transcripts issued to the students. If you are a student at the time of application, transcripts must include courses in progress. If you have completed your master or doctoral degree, transcripts must include degree and date degree was awarded. Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of their master/doctoral degree before the appointment can start.
        • Resume (2 page limit)
        • Two relevant letters of recommendation: These letters should address your academic record and potential for success in an appointment, as indicated by communication and teamwork skills.
  • Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

    Innovator (60%): AMO is looking for the very best outcome-oriented, entrepreneurial technical innovator who has the drive and ability to build a foundational technology vision. The ideal candidate will exhibit exceptional:

    1. Technical strength (detailed knowledge, conceptual depth and breadth);
    2. Outcome orientation (problem-based and system level thinking, risk evaluation, and commercial awareness);
    3. Personal excellence (passion and drive, resourcefulness, management & communication skills, personal integrity, team orientation, ability to rapidly learn and adapt); and,
    4. Understanding of Alaska challenges and Alaska ties (former/current residency, college attendance, work experience, active exploration of Alaska challenges or engagement with Alaska technology applications).

    Project Concept (40%): While ideas may evolve, AMO will ensure that the initial project concept is technically sound, reasonably differentiated, and addresses a well-framed problem with significant long-term impact potential. The ideal project would exhibit exceptional:

    1. Technical merit (technical feasibility, differentiation, clear risk mitigation plan);
    2. Technology impact potential (as demonstrated by customer/supplier/distributor evaluation, establishment/identification of intellectual property, and understanding of the market including: barriers to entry, sophistication of market, identification of incumbents, etc.);
    3. Impact on U.S. and Alaska energy and manufacturing economy (potential for large-scale impact, techno- economic feasibility, credible path to impact with viable entry markets); and,
    4. Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program fit (materials science and/or manufacturing technology, clear benefit from participation in Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program, availability of resources and expertise to support the project at UAF and the DOE National Laboratory network, project works well with or in a DOE National Laboratory).
    5. Relevance to AMO Priorities: All proposed projects must have potential for long-term impact and align with the DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office’s mission to support the development of advanced manufacturing-related technologies and systems that advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

    Applications will undergo an eligibility check by ORISE. ORISE will provide AMO with eligible applications. Applications will be reviewed by AMO and UAF, as well as, potential hosting facilities, and final selection will be made by a federal official from AMO. AMO and UAF may conduct interviews with potential candidates prior to making final selections.

Appointment Details

  • Appointment Period

    This is a cohort style program; hence, all Arctic Innovators are expected to start their appointment at the same time. Tentatively, the start date for the upcoming cohort is scheduled for June 1, 2020.

    • An appointment involves a full-time commitment at UAF and the DOE host laboratory with the Arctic Innovators in residence at the specified location.
    • Appointment extensions after the second year may be possible to ensure the completion of the research project upon recommendation from mentors and approval of AMO.
  • Housing

    UAF will assist Arctic Innovators in securing housing at UAF. 

    • Cost of housing at UAF or the DOE host laboratory will not be covered by the program.
  • Nature of Appointment

    This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

    • ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) institute managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through a contract between ORAU and DOE.
    • You will be considered a program participant and will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or any other office or agency.
  • Timeline

    This program is open for applications during the fall of each year.

    2020 Application Year

    • Application Open

      November 1, 2019
    • Application Closes

      January 2020
    • Application Review

      January - February 2020
    • Selection Made and Announced

      February - March 2020
    • Participant Onboarding

      June 2020


  • Guidelines for Arctic Innovators

    As an Arctic Innovator, you will be expected to conduct research and maintain a full-time schedule as coordinated by your mentor. You must avoid obligations that may interrupt your research project during your appointment.

    • The following is intended to provide a general overview of the additional programmatic expectations of Arctic Innovators to ensure success in the program. This is not an exhaustive list.
      • Arctic Innovators are expected to provide all required information and signed documentation to ORISE and the host facility in a timely manner and update ORISE and the host facility point of contact with new address and contact information once relocation to the local area has occurred.
      • During the appointment, Arctic Innovators are expected to:
        • Develop realistic and reasonable expectations: learn by observing, listen and apply knowledge and skills, and maintain a flexible attitude.
        • Perform professionally, demonstrate integrity and good judgment, and complete projects.
        • Notify ORISE of any change in the appointment status (i.e., start date, change in mentor).
        • Make the effort to meet and interact with staff in the host facility.
        • Take initiative to obtain information to accomplish tasks and achieve appointment goals.
        • Discuss all travel plans and travel interests with mentor(s) well in advance of the anticipated travel.
        • Respond to ORISE inquiries and submit required documentation in a timely manner
        • Abide by host facility policies as well as the terms of the letter of appointment and ORISE Terms of Appointment.
        • Avoid performing inherently governmental functions that are the responsibility of federal employees.
        • Honor the commitment to the full appointment period.
        • Complete all research project deliverables as identified by host facility.
  • Deliverables

    You will be required to submit a progress report before the end of the first year appointment as well as a final report at the end of the appointment. An online feedback form is also required at the end of the appointment.

    • Progress Report: You will be required to submit a progress report before the end of the first year appointment. Your progress report should include a brief description of the research conducted during the first year of appointment, progress made towards completing project goals, results, significant issues, accomplishments, and publications. The report is due 30 business days from the first year-end date. The second year extension is contingent upon receipt of this report.
    • Final Report and Feedback Survey: You will also be required to write a final report about your experience and complete an online feedback form to help assess the effectiveness of the program. The final report is meant to be a summary of the overall appointment experience, including a description of the research project, accomplishments and the benefits received.

Partnership Organizations

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)

The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is a global leader in Arctic research, with personnel and facilities uniquely positioned to address the region’s energy challenges and innovation opportunities.  UAF is a Land, Sea and Space Grant University, with PhD-granting programs in a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines, and has strong relationships with the industries, businesses, utilities and communities of Alaska.  As part of the state-wide University of Alaska system, UAF will facilitate alignment of the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program with research interests and entrepreneur support resources available across the University.  UAF’s Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP, acep.uaf.edu), an applied microgrid energy research organization with ties across all of the energy research entities at the University of Alaska, and UAF’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship (Center ICE, https://www.uaf.edu/centerice/), with entrepreneur support offices and laboratories in Fairbanks, and connections across Alaska’s entrepreneur community, will serve as the primary hosts for the Arctic Innovators.



U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the 17 DOE National laboratories comprise a preeminent federal research system, providing the Nation with strategic scientific and technological capabilities. The laboratories execute long-term government scientific and technological missions, develop unique scientific capabilities beyond the scope of academic and industrial institutions, and develop and sustain critical scientific and technical capabilities to which the government requires assured access.

As an Innovator in the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with scientific experts at a DOE National Laboratory. You will meet regularly in-person with your DOE National Laboratory mentor and interact with other members of the laboratory’s research team and commercialization / path-to-market organization. 

U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office is the sponsoring office for the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program.

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is dedicated to improving energy and material efficiency, productivity, and competitiveness of manufacturers across the industrial sector. AMO brings together manufacturers, not-for-profit entities, research organizations, and institutions of higher education to identify challenges; catalyze innovations; and develop cutting edge material, process, and information technologies needed for an efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing sector.

Frequently Asked Questions

This section includes frequently asked questions about the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program.

    • You must meet one or more of the following criteria to qualify as having a strong tie to Alaska:
      • Former/current residency
      • College attendance
      • Work experience
      • Active exploration of Alaska challenges
      • Engagement with Alaska technology applications
  • Applications will be accepted between November and December, with applications closing in January. Selections will be made in March of the following year, and Innovators are tentatively planned to start in June. There are several steps that must be completed before you can receive an appointment letter. The process between receiving your application and actual start date may vary.

  • You must be either a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident (LPR) at the time of application.

  • Transcripts may be unofficial transcripts issued to the students. If you are a student at the time of application, transcripts must include courses in progress.  If you have completed your master or doctoral degree, transcripts must include degree and date degree was awarded.

  • Applications will undergo an eligibility check by ORISE. ORISE will provide AMO with eligible applications. Applications will be reviewed by AMO and UAF for relevance to the Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovators Program.  Hosting facilities (i.e., DOE National Laboratories) will then be given access to the eligible applications and will identify potential candidates. Hosting facilities, AMO and UAF may conduct interviews with candidates before making final selections. Final selection of Arctic Innovators will be made by a federal official from AMO. AMO will notify ORISE of final selections and Host Facility match.

  • Appointments are full-time commitments for up to two years. Appointment extensions after the second year may be possible to ensure the completion of the research project upon recommendation from mentors and approval of AMO.

  • During the program you will receive:

    • A competitive personal stipend ranging from $72,000-$110,000/year based on academic level and experience,
    • Travel and training allowance of $15,000 per appointment period,
    • Health insurance allowance,
    • Relocation allowance up to $4,000,
    • Laboratory space and technical collaboration support from University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a DOE National Laboratory, and
    • Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Program programming and mentorship.
  • Hard technology is defined as physical devices.

  • No. The program will not support projects focused in the development of software, processes, or those that deal with human and social factors.

  • Please ensure that all of the necessary application materials have been received and that you have the necessary educational qualifications. Successful applicants will have a project plan that is well thought out and clearly aligns with the outlined requirements from AMO as well as a strong innovation component.

  • You, along with your mentor at your host facility, will be responsible for any changes made to the project plan. Changes to your project plan should be approved by your host mentor and should not fall outside areas of importance to AMO. Final approval and acceptance of the change in project plan must come from AMO.

  • Two letters of recommendations are required. These letters should be requested from individuals who can address your academic record and potential for success in an appointment, as indicated by communication and teamwork skills.

  • You may receive reimbursement for relocation to the hosting facility site. Relocation allowance may be used to cover expenses related to relocating to/from UAF and to/from national laboratory.

  • We do not advise you to do this. Doing so will result in non-reimbursable expenses. Your appointment is not official until you return a signed appointment letter to ORISE.

Questions? Contact Us

General Questions/Information

DOE-RPP@orise.orau.gov