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Prizes and In-Kind Services to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Academic
Institutions, and Individuals for Climate and Clean Energy Projects

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and American Made Challenges

Conf. Date:

01/12/22

Deadline Date:

02/25/22 5:00 PM ET - Phase 1 Deadline

Description:

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Prizes and in-kind mentorship services to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, non-federal government entities, academic institutions, and individuals for activities related to climate and clean energy. Funding is intended for projects to improve partnerships and relationships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

Through this prize, DOE seeks to identify and support:

  • Organizations that are community-centric and have experience in successfully engaging with disadvantaged communities
  • Organizations that promote environmental, climate, and energy justice and demonstrate strong community ties
  • Organizations that can use their experience to serve as bridges between DOE and disadvantaged communities
  • Clean energy grassroots innovation related to technology advancement in climate and clean energy with a focused impact on disadvantaged communities.

The goals of the prize are to:

  1. Enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.
  2. Create or increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, including formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care. Workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment.
  3. Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved.
  4. Identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply into, or otherwise secure DOE funding or other federal, state, local government or private (forprofit or nonprofit) funding, in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.
  5. Enable the development of replicable clean energy transitions that deliver just and equitable benefits to disadvantaged communities in support of the government’s Justice40 goals. 

It is expected that Phase One funds will enable the winning organizations to fund proposed programs for approximately one full-time-equivalent person and carry out related activities that may include actively engaging with disadvantaged communities in their regions, building relationships through workshops and other events, providing technical support, and facilitating connections with technical expertise and academic institutions. These are examples of potential activities, and organizations are encouraged to think creatively about specific activities that play to their strengths and serve their communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200862

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

Phase 1: Up to 10 winning teams. Phase 2: Up to three teams.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Phase One Prizes: Cash prizes of $200,000 each and in-kind mentorship services following the winner announcements
- Phase Two Prizes: Awards totaling $500,000, selected based on performance during Phase One

Term of Contract:

12-month period

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The competition is open only to private entities (for-profits and nonprofits), non-federal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities, academic institutions, and individuals, subject to the following requirements:
- Private entities must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States with majority domestic ownership and control.
- Academic institutions must be based in the United States.
- An individual prize competitor or group of competitors who are not competing as part of an incorporated private entity must all be United States citizens or legal permanent residents.
- Individuals competing as part of an incorporated private entity may participate if they are legally allowed to work in the United States.
-DOE employees, employees of sponsoring organizations, members of their immediate families (e.g., spouses, children, siblings, or parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the prize.
- Individuals who worked at DOE (federal employees or support service contractors) within six months prior to the submission deadline of any contest are not eligible to participate in any prize contests in this program.
- Federal entities and federal employees are not eligible to participate in any portion of the prize.
- DOE national laboratory employees cannot compete in the prize.
- Entities and individuals publicly banned from doing business with the U.S. government such as entities and individuals debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participating in Federal programs are not eligible to compete.
- Entities and individuals identified as a restricted party on one or more screening lists of Department of Commerce, State and the Treasury are not eligible to compete. See Consolidated Screening List.
- Individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk are not eligible to compete. Further, teams that include individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk are not eligible to compete

In keeping with the goal of growing a community of innovators, competitors are encouraged to form multidisciplinary teams while developing their concept.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational Webinar: Join the DOE and NREL prize administration team for an introductory webinar on January 12, 2022 at 1:00 pm MT to cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.

To Register: https://nrel.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItfumuqTgjGh1Uq1HssvVAvi39GCxNyJI

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Phase One Submission Opens: September 30, 2021
- Phase One Submission Closes: 5 p.m. ET on February 25, 2022
- Application Review: Feb. 28, 2022
- Phase One Winner Announcement and Awards: March 2022 (anticipated)
- Phase Two Opens: March 2023 (anticipated).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To Submit Online, see the Solve This Challenge button on the URL for Full Text.

For questions: InclusiveInnovation@nrel.gov

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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