DOE: Technology Commercialization Fund - $30M Available (Deadline 3/8/22)
Opportunity Title: Technology Commercialization Fund
The EA 2020 amendment represented an opportunity to talk to the key stakeholders in the applied energy programs and assess the options available to DOE regarding TCF. OTT, the applied energy programs, and national laboratory stakeholders all informed the decision to adjust the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) TCF solicitation from a one-sized-fits-all structure to one with more flexibility.
DOE’s new approach to TCF offers applied energy programs the following three options for deciding how to obligate their funding:
Technology-Specific Commercialization CRADAs ($7.3M-$8.6M): Some DOE programs opted to continue soliciting collaborative technology-specific partnerships between national laboratories and private sector companies in a similar manner to previous years' iterations of the TCF. OTT has worked with programs that selected this option to ensure a focus on commercialization is maintained and other TCF requirements are incorporated. Resulting projects will continue to utilize the CRADA mechanism.
Technology-Specific Commercialization Programs ($1.1M-$2.5M): DOE programs have been given the opportunity to develop their own proposed use of TCF funding that meets the statutory requirements of TCF. These proposed activities can leverage or expand existing technology-specific commercialization programs or create new ones. However, programs must coordinate these activities with OTT, and the focus must remain on funding to national laboratories to promote the commercialization of DOE-funded technologies.
Core Laboratory Infrastructure for Commercialization ($13.6M-$16.7M): DOE programs have been given the opportunity to work with OTT and develop a multiple program office joint lab call that combines available TCF funding to address core barriers and known gaps impeding national laboratory commercialization, as well as root causes (inside and outside of the labs) for existing commercialization challenges and barriers. These proposed activities will help address systemic barriers, gaps, and root causes so that DOE is more effective at driving the commercialization of promising energy technologies.
Total Amount Available: $30M
Deadline to submit concept slides: 3/8/22 3pmET
Application Deadline: 4/29/22
The webinar for National Lab TTOs will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
The webinar for the public will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
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