Energy Innovation Funding Opportunities
The Energy Commission administers several research and development programs that drive innovation in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced clean generation, energy-related environmental research, energy transmission and distribution, and transportation.
- The Electric Program Investment Charge funds investments in improvements to electricity systems. See future planned funding opportunities for this program.
- The Natural Gas Research, Development and Demonstration program invests in improvements to natural gas systems. See future planned funding opportunities for this program
Once released, these opportunities are posted on the solicitation page.
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Big Ideas, Small Investments
Not all research is carried out by large corporations or in a university setting - individuals can advance new energy ideas through the Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program. EISG provides small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions up to $95,000 for hardware projects and $50,000 for modeling projects that show the practical side of new, innovative energy concepts. The Energy Commission’s support of this small grant program has helped technologies grow, reach the market, and attract more than a billion dollars in follow-on funding. See more information about the EISG Program.
Federal Funding Opportunity: Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy
On June 12, 2013 the California Energy Commission ARPA-E signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) to further advance energy research and the development of innovative, clean, and efficient energy technologies. Innovators in the energy community seeking to maximize their funding and advance energy technologies from a research concept, through the innovation pipeline, and into the market may learn more about potential ARPA-E funding opportunities by visiting ARPA-E's webpage at: http://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=programs/apply-for-funding.
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