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DOE American Made Challenges: Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Round 3 – Due 02/09/24

Opportunity Title:

Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Prize Round 3


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions (OTT)


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), EPIC Round 3 is designed to provide stable funding to incubators developing new programs to support energy entrepreneurs and start-ups. EPIC Round 3 awards $4 million in cash prizes and cooperative agreements to competitors with the most creative, high-impact plans to develop strong programming and connections for startups and entrepreneurs with promising energy technologies.

EPIC Round 3 is composed of three phases to support energy incubators and accelerators:

  • Phase 1: Competitors will create a plan to support energy startups and entrepreneurs and define their metrics for success. Up to 20 competitors will win $150,000 each.

  • Phase 2: Phase 1 finalists will begin to implement their novel programming and create a continuation plan worthy of selection for a cooperative agreement. Select Phase 2 winners will then be invited to negotiate a cooperative agreement with OTT worth up to $1 million.

  • Phase 3: Winning teams will negotiate their three-year cooperative agreement with OTT.


This funding program is open to private entities (for-profits and nonprofits) and academic institutions that meet all eligibility requirements:

  • Private entities must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States.

  • Programming proposed by incubators must have an emphasis on supporting startups with a hard-tech focus.

  • While National Laboratories are not eligible to compete, they may support teams in the competition if they are engaging the teams in compliance with lab partnership requirements.

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February 9, 2024

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