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.

FY2019 INL State/Regional Economic Impact Infographic

Fiscal Year 2020 Technology-based Economic Development Campaign 

The INL Technology-based Economic Development program targets projects aimed at stimulating regional economic development, technology-based economic development, talent pipeline and entrepreneurship throughout Idaho. 

The following types of projects are highly encouraged to apply: 

  • Projects that support the INL missions related to energy, environment, and national security. 
  • Projects that could ultimately benefit INL and its ability to attract and maintain talent in Idaho.
  • Statewide projects that strengthen energy, advanced manufacturing, and cyber security supply chains.

Application information and submission process for fiscal year 2020 Technology-based Economic Development grant. 

Eligibility criteria: Organizations must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit entities. A copy of the IRS tax-exempt letter must accompany the form. Submit 2020 donation request forms by November 15, 2019. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be included in the review process. 

Decisions will be made by Dec. 17, 2019. Notifications will be sent to requesting organizations informing them of funding awards. Funds will be for projects for the period of January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020. 

Please access the 2020 grant application through the link listed below. Submit the application by email to

INL Tech-based Economic Development Donation Request Form 2020

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.