Examples of funded projects may be accessed at http://www.eere.energy.gov/inventions under the I&I Funded Projects section.
The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
Since the start of the Inventions and Innovation Program in 1977 more than five hundred inventions have received financial support from DOE, with nearly 25 percent reaching the marketplace.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The assistance provides financial assistance for research and development of innovative, energy-saving ideas and invention.
Inventions and Innovations support energy efficiency and renewable energy technology development in focus areas that align with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs.
Further Program information can be found at http://www.eere.energy.gov/inventions.
Individuals that are U.S.
citizens, either native-born or naturalized, small businesses that are U.S.
owned as defined in 10 CFR 600.501.
Individual inventors and small businesses will benefit.
This Program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
This Program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.
A-102 and E.O.
Only proposals prepared in response to the requirements contained in the annual competitive solicitation will be accepted. The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the grants.gov website at http://www.grants.gov/.
Awards range from $50,000 in the early-stage of development to $250,000 for technologies approaching the point of prototype. Proposals will be reviewed, evaluated, and selected for grant awards by a panel of knowledgeable program and technical personnel. In addition to financial assistance, this Program offers technical guidance and commercialization support to successful applicants.
Deadlines are identified in the solicitation.
Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Section 14, Public Law 93-577, 88 Stat. 1894, 42 U.S.C. 5913; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Unsuccessful applicants are entitled to a debriefing by DOE program officials with a clear explanation of why the proposal was not accepted for funding.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Cost-sharing is not required, but highly encouraged. Level of cost-share is one of the programmatic selection considerations used by the selection official.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award project periods range from 1 to 2 years.
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly project and financial status reports are required.
A final report is required at the end of the contract period.
A 10-year tracking and follow-up reporting mechanism may be required.
DOE may perform closing audits.
Access to process implementation and efficiency data must be available for 10 years after project completion to measure performance against expectation and to support commercialization of the technology.
FY 07 $2,753,990; FY 08 est $144,893; and FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards range from $50,000 to $250,000.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regulations: DOE Financial Assistance Regulations 10 CFR 600. Guidelines and Literature: at http://www.eere.energy.gov/inventions.
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Office of Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, EE-2K, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20585. Telephone: (877) 337-3463.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Uniqueness, technical feasibility, marketability, energy relationship (including energy savings).
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