The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the second round of funding for its Technologist in Residence (TIR) program.

According to the DOE, the program “aims to strengthen lab-industry relationships to support industry needs and leverage the national lab network for strategic, long-term, collaborative R&D.”

Up to $2.3 million will support the department’s national laboratories in working with manufacturing companies to address technical challenges.

“Leveraging the expertise, resources and capabilities of the national labs—including one-of-a-kind analytical tools such as supercomputers—the program advances U.S. clean energy manufacturing competiveness and unleashes innovations that participating manufacturers can use to save energy, increase productivity, and commercialize high-impact technologies,” according to DOE.

The new funding and competitive solicitation for TIR was announced last week during the EERE National Laboratory Impact Summit at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.