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Oak Ridge National Laboratory has new funds aimed at helping clean energy entrepreneurs get their product to market.

The lab received $5.6 million -- the largest of five awards -- as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Small Business Vouchers Pilot.

The program earmarked a total of $20 million in a public-private partnership that will connect clean energy innovators across the country with scientists, engineers and facilities at national laboratories.

The funding will be used to provide vouchers of $50,000 to $300,000 per small business to initiate collaborative research projects or get technical assistance.

DOE estimates more than 100 businesses will receive the funds when the program opens later this summer. Businesses interested in the program can email the Lab Impact Initiative at

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