Everyone can contribute to science. Whether it’s with a novel idea or a passion for science, research skills or a collaborative spirit, everyone can contribute. This fact is the hallmark of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) JUMP crowdsourcing initiative: Join the discussion, Unveil innovation, Motivate transformation, Promote technology to market.
With an eye towards achieving a sustainable clean energy future, ORNL is building the online JUMP community to connect Department of Energy (DOE) researchers to industry partners, small businesses, innovators, and end users. By organizing these connections around technical challenges from industry, JUMP is helping to accelerate the market transformation curve of energy-efficient technologies. To date, the JUMP community engaged almost a 1,300 innovators in identifying solutions for 13 technical calls and managed to identify 6 winners. JUMP winners receive cash awards and in-kind contributions by ORNL and its partners. Winners are also invited to discuss future collaboration with national laboratories and private sector partner to advance ideas to the market. JUMP is proving that we can discover technology solutions by building connections with an open dialogue.