Economic & Workforce Development

INL helps nurture a fertile environment for bringing technology to market by creating and accelerating new tech-related industries. INL is leading regional and national efforts to ensure a new generation of technicians and engineering technologists is trained to replace the aging energy workforce.

INL Economic Summary, Research and Development

INL is one of the largest employers in Idaho and therefore provides a significant economic impact on the state’s economy.  The economic impacts identified in the report include INL operations managed by Battelle Energy Alliance only and do not include the impacts of other Department of Energy (DOE) contractors, the DOE itself or the Naval Reactors Facility at INL.


2022 Tech-Based Economic Development Grants 

INL’s Economic Development mission is to stimulate economic development, support new business growth, and recruit new talent and support entrepreneurship throughout Idaho. To achieve these goals, grants are offered to support economic development efforts. Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Their ability to support the growth of businesses in our region, especially those related to energy, environment and national security.
  • Expected return on investment and impact to the community.
  • Level of innovation and outreach to impact underserved areas or populations.

Organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities. Successful applicants must provide a copy of their IRS tax-exempt letter to receive funding.

The deadline for grant requests is Friday, Dec. 17, at 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be included in the review process. Decisions will be made by mid-January 2022. Notifications will be sent to requesting organizations informing them of funding awards in late January 2022. Funds are for projects for the period of Feb. 1 to Dec. 31, 2022.

All economic development applications must be submitted online HERE.

If you would like to view or print this application prior to filling out and submitting it online, download the 2022 Tech-Based Economic Development Grant form.


Technical Assistance Program

This is a technical support program for small business and state and local governments where INL scientists and engineers provide, without fees, assistance which is not normally available to a community or small business.  It helps in areas where organizations may find their problems too complex or technical to solve on their own.

This program is authorized by federal law, and DOE has allocated limited funding for this support activity and provides policy guidance directing the screening and selection of projects.

• Requested services cannot substantially compete with services available from the private sector.
• The requested assistance must fall within INL areas of expertise.
• The requested assistance must not interfere with ongoing INL programs.
• No more than 40 hours of assistance are allowed per request.

To submit your request for consideration, complete the Request for Technical Assistance form.

To submit your project report, complete the Project Report – Technical Assistance Program form.


Workforce Development 

INL is leading regional and national efforts to ensure a new generation of technicians and engineering technologists is trained to replace the aging energy workforce. We do this by supporting technical colleges, universities, and graduate programs.


Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR)

These programs allow federal agencies to set aside a fraction of their R&D funds specifically for small businesses. These funds can be used to do R&D work with Idaho National Laboratory scientific and engineering staff. INL, however, does not provide SBIR/STTR funding.  Contact Jason Stolworthy for further information.