CalSEED 2019 Grant Opportunity

CalSEED 2019 Grant Opportunity

Purpose - CalSEED is an innovation program that supports California’s most promising energy entrepreneurs.


CalSEED invests in early-stage concepts that will usher in a new era of sustainability for California’s energy future. The grant is looking for applicants that are developing novel solutions for transforming the energy grid. Applicants should be California based individuals and organizations. Non-U.S. citizens living in California may apply.

CalSEED provides up to $600,000 in grant funding for early-stage development of promising new energy concepts. Of this up to $150,000 can be awarded for concepts. Concept Awards is the grant competition that is forthcoming with a deadline in March. An additional $450,000 can be awarded as Prototype Awards. These Prototype Awards are based on a business plan competition and winner(s) can receive up to $450,000 with opportunities for follow-on work in the CalSEED ecosystem. No match funding is required, and match funding does not increase your score. A prototype is not required to be completed by the end of the project.

Funds can generally be used for most R&D, business development, and other business-related expenses, including labor, fringe, indirect, materials, miscellaneous costs, etc.

Lottery System Eliminated

The lottery system used in the past to draw 25 qualified applications from each of four regions has been ended. For 2019 there are three new funneling mechanisms to ensure a manageable number of applications are reviewed. They are:

· Companies must have secured less than $1M in outside funding at the time of application.

· Specific technology types as provided by the CEC.

· Minimum impact requirements


Eligibility Application Window – March 1st – 11th

TAC review window – April 5th – 19th

TAC Selection meeting – April 24th

Application form and instructions have yet to be released.

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