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Technology Development, Growth, and Deployment

A look at our resources: This map shows the location of our National Laboratories with links to their Technology Transfer programs; the locations of our i6 Green Challenge grant recipients; and the nation's Minority Serving Institutions. Our office works to engage the research and innovation at Minority Serving Institutions with the resources of our National Labs.

Early stage energy technologies face a number of challenges in transitioning for basic research to market solutions. The Energy Department  has created specific initiatives in order to address the commercialization challenges that energy efficient and renewable energy technologies must face. These initiatives are developed to launch emerging energy technologies off the ground and into the marketplace.

As President Obama said, "Innovation fuels economic growth, the creation of new industries, companies, jobs, products and services, and the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. One driver of successful innovation is technology transfer, in which the private sector adapts Federal research for use in the marketplace." - Presidential Memorandum, October 28, 2011

Funding Opportunities:

Technology Transfer Programs:

Training and Development:


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of federal research funds in critical American priorities. Each year the Department issues Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) inviting small businesses to apply for SBIR/STTR grants. These FOAs contain topics in such research areas as: clean energy; fossil, nuclear and renewable energy (energy production and use in buildings, vehicles, and industry); electricity delivery and reliability; basic science and engineering; fundamental energy sciences; fusion energy, high energy and nuclear physics; nuclear security; environmental management; and nuclear nonproliferation. Learn more about the phases of the SBIR/STTR programs and get additional information on their website:

A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. Federal grants are not federal assistance or loans to individuals. Find grant opportunities at the Energy Department here.

You can also view resources at the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's financial opportunites website to view specific opportunities on that are for business, industry, and universities. These are organized by technology type at this website:

ARPA-E Funding Opportunities

ARPA-E’s mission is to fund projects that will develop transformational technologies that reduce America’s dependence on foreign energy imports; reduce U.S. energy related emissions (including greenhouse gasses); improve energy efficiency across all sectors of the U.S. economy and ensure that the U.S. maintains its leadership in developing and deploying advanced energy technologies. View funding opportunities at their website here

National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

The National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition builds regional networks of student-focused business creation contests across the country. 


Energy Innovation Portal

This tool for investors, entrepreneurs, and other technology seekers filters and identifies technologies that have been developed by Energy Department laboratories and are available for licensing. The portal provides streamlined searching and browsing of patents, patent applications, and marketing summaries for clean energy technologies from Energy laboratories and participating research institutions.

Visit the EERE Energy Innovation Portal.


Innovation Ecosystem Initiative

Transforming ideas from research concepts on the drawing board to innovations in the marketplace is essential for a competitive and prosperous U.S. economy. To accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship and job-creation by moving energy efficient and renewable energy technologies from university laboratories to the market, the Energy Department awarded $5.25 million to five three-year projects under the Innovation Ecosystem Initiative.

i6 Green Challenge

The i6 Green Challenge is part of the Obama Administration's Startup America initiative.The competition aims to inspire and promote entrepreneurship and aims to encourage and reward innovative Proof of Concept Centers that accelerate technology commercialization and help bridge the gap between university research and private sector job creation.

National Laboratory Technology Transfer Programs

The Department's 17 National Laboratories run a number of technology transfer and commercialization programs.  Check out this page for a summary of the Deparment's Tech Transfer:

For example, at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico, the Venture Acceleration Fund provides investments of up to $100,000 for regional entreprenuers, companies, investors, or strategic partners to promote technology commercialization, new company foundation, and business growth.

You can visit our labs' websites to learn more about their technology transfer programs: Ames Laboratory; Argonne National Laboratory; Brookhaven National Laboratory; Fermilab; Idaho National Laboratory; Laurence Berkley National Laboratory; National Energy Technology Lab; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Princeton Plasma Physics National Laboratory; Sandia National Laboratory; and Savannah River National Laboratory.

Commercialization Assistance Program - NREL

The NREL Commercialization Assistance Program helps emerging companies overcome technical barriers to commercializing clean energy technology. The program specifically helps renewable energy and energy efficiency companies by providing free assistance or information to help small businesses with specific technology questions or needs. 

ARPA-E University

These workshops stemmed from the 2012 ARPA-E Innovation Summit, where technical development workshops with practical seminars on core skills. Visit ARPA-E's website to download these sessions on writing technical pitches, telling your business' story to potential investors, the scientific method to get technology to market, and sources of capital. Visit their website here.

Visit the EERE Energy Innovation Portal.

Small Business Administration Clusters Initative

Clusters are geographic concentrations of interconnected companies, specialized suppliers, academic institutions, service providers and associated organizations with a specific industry focus. They provide high-value, targeted connecting of small and large businesses, including networking with potential industry partners abroad. Visit the SBA website for more information.