US National Science Foundation
Since 1977, America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF (also known as the NSF SBIR/STTR program) has helped startups develop their ideas and bring them to market. From 2007 to 2016, the NSF SBIR/STTR program has funded roughly 400 companies each year. In February 2019, SkyNano was fortunate to be awarded an NSF SBIR Phase I award in the amount of $225,000.
Innovation Crossroads is a fellowship program based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory that matches aspiring energy entrepreneurs with the experts, mentors, and networks in technology-related fields to take their world-changing ideas from R&D to the marketplace.
Through an annual call, entrepreneurs are selected to transform their ideas into energy, advanced manufacturing, and integrated grid companies with financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and the Tennessee Valley Authority. SkyNano was a member of the inaugural cohort for the program and was fortunate to receive support from the Innovation Crossroads program through a personal fellowship for Anna Douglas and an applied research fellow, health insurance, travel stipend, and a $350K R&D budget to be used at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.