How It Works

The World's First Entrepreneurial Research Fellowship

Every year, we recruit a cohort of entrepreneurial scientists and engineers from around the world. For two years, these innovators are embedded in the rich Berkeley Lab research ecosystem, where we provide them funding and access to all areas at Berkeley Lab as well as a variety of support services. With our program partner, fellows receive intensive startup training, professional development, and access to a network of corporate and philanthropic partners, as well as investors and mentors.

Benefits of the Fellowship Program

Cyclotron Road supports fellows as they transform promising concepts into transformative products. Fellows receive:

  • a generous living stipend
  • research funding
  • access to world-class user facilities at Berkeley Lab including the Advanced Light Source, Molecular Foundry and National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center
  • rigorous mentorship
  • a curriculum designed for science-based startups
  • inclusion in an unrivaled network of advisors
  • a tight community of current and alumni fellows

Connecting to Berkeley Lab Resources

Cyclotron Road provides unencumbered access and connections to collaborations with more than 4,000 scientists and faculty — including many Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 members of the National Academies  — across Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley. Fellows supported at Cyclotron Road can work hand in hand with world-leading experts across nearly all fields of science and engineering.

More About Us

Cyclotron Road supports innovators working to transform the most energy and resource intensive industries on the planet. Our fellowship program supports entrepreneurial scientists and engineers who are developing technologies targeting three broad impact areas: advanced manufacturing, clean power, and electronics. Cyclotron Road provides an intensive approach where we support technical entrepreneurs for two years to make significant progress on their hard science ideas while simultaneously taking their business to the next level.

The idea for naming the program Cyclotron Road comes from Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley, an arterial notable for its concentration of venture capital companies. Nearly every top Silicon Valley company has been the beneficiary of early funding from firms on Sand Hill Road.

Berkeley Lab's address is 1 Cyclotron Road and inspired our name.

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