In 2019, WPTO established the Seedlings Program to provide smaller funding awards for national lab researchers to explore niche projects and creative ideas in hydropower and marine renewable energy research. In just two years, the pilot funded over 70 R&D projects across six national laboratories with sums up to $100,000 each. These projects have the potential to inform future programmatic competitive solicitations, initiatives, and follow-on projects depending on outcomes. Through project presentations and panel discussions, presenters will share solutions found, failures faced, and lessons learned in their innovative process.