Prize Name: Microbattery Design Prize

RFP Federal Funds Amount: Up to $2 million


On March 8th, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the Microbattery Design Prize. This two-stage competition will award up to $1.1 million in federal funding and performance and safety testing services with DOE national laboratories to innovative small-capacity battery design projects that will yield improved performance, safety, and recyclability.

The purpose of this design prize is to advance innovative new designs for microbatteries that push the boundary on size, performance, and safety, to accelerate their commercialization and integration into existing technologies needed for clean energy manufacturing like sensor systems for improved smart manufacturing processes and sensors for grid monitoring of renewable energy sources as the nation continues its transition to clean energy future.


  • This competition is open to submissions of designs (for phase I) and prototypes (for phase II) of batteries with total package volume less than or equal to 100mm3. A single competitor or team may submit a maximum of three submissions. If more than three submissions are received from a single competitor or team, the three most recently submitted submissions will be considered. Click here for a full list of eligibility requirements for this prize.

Key Dates

Phase 1 Submission Opens

March 8, 2023

Webinar Information Session

April 12, 2023, 2 p.m. EST

Phase 1 Submission Closes

June 29, 2023, 5 p.m. EST

Phase 1 Winner Announcement

(anticipated) August 2023

Phase 2 Opens

(anticipated) August 2023

Phase 2 Closes

(anticipated) September 2024

Phase 2 Winner Announcement

(anticipated) October 2024

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