By January 1, 2021, the candidate should hold at least a B.S., in a physical sciences or engineering field relevant to the proposed energy storage project. Successful candidates will demonstrate an entrepreneurial mindset, leadership capabilities, communication skills, and technical expertise to advance the development of a transformative technology.
Applicant should propose and have the technical background to carry out a well-framed milestone-based project with a defined outcome focused on technology development with potential for significant long-term impact in the field of energy storage. The project should focus on a technically sound, differentiated, and transformative technology. Applicant should hold or be able to obtain intellectual property rights to the technology.
No, the focus of the fellowship program is specifically on advancing energy storage and battery technologies, and projects outside of this area will not be considered.
Fellows will be expected to conduct appropriate R&D activities based on the proposed project resulting in a proof of concept to advance their battery technology projects, publish and present relevant research findings, seek and apply for additional funding (including SBIR/STTR), and undertake other activities to advance the IP protection and commercialization readiness of their battery technologies. Concurrently, fellows will be expected to participate in regular entrepreneurship and customer-discovery training workshops to assess unmet market needs and develop business models and strategies for the commercialization of the battery technologies.
If the applicant is associated with a startup company that has been formed with commercialization rights to the technology, then the company should have received no more than $2M in private investments, with preference given to those having obtained less than $0.5M in private investments.
As the fellowship represents a full-time position, the fellow will be expected to be located predominantly in Binghamton for the duration of the program. If the project will involve other team members not covered by the fellowship stipend, they do not have to relocate to Binghamton, but can still participate in virtual programming.
Applicants will be selected in mid-spring 2021 and quickly begin the onboarding process. We expect fellows to begin their two-year appointments no later than early summer 2021.
Fellows are expected to be committed to the proposed project full time.
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