Prize Name: Re-X Before Recycling Prize 

Federal Funds Amount: Up to $4.5 million in total cash prizes and $1.1 million in national laboratory analysis consultation and technical assistance 


On Nov. 27, 2023, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the launch of the Re-X Before Recycling Prize. This three-phase competition is designed to develop innovative ways to extend the lifetimes of products or parts via re-using, repairing, refurbishing, remanufacturing, or repurposing (“Re-X”) before recycling.  

By stimulating innovation and private investment in circular economy approaches, the innovations developed through this prize will reduce life cycle energy and emissions, strengthen circular supply chains for emerging clean energy technologies, and decrease the demand for virgin materials.  

Innovations that enable new or expanded Re-X supply chains can also engage communities and labor, advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA), and support the implementation of the White House Justice40 initiative. In addition, this prize will further the Biden-Harris Administration’s clean energy goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. 


Eligible participants for Phase 1: Identify!

  • Can include individuals, teams of individuals, private entities (for-profits and nonprofits), and nonfederal government entities (such as states, counties, tribes, municipalities, and academic institutions).
  • May submit a maximum of two submissions. If more than two submissions are received from a competitor, the two most recently submitted submissions will be considered. Only one submission per competitor can advance to Phase 2: Prepare!. 
  • Can be partners on multiple submissions but may only be the lead competitor on one funded submission. Note: The cash prize award will be paid to the lead competitor as identified in the submission, if selected. 

Key Dates

Phase 1 Submission Opens Nov. 27, 2023 
Webinar Information Sessions Dec. 14, 2023, at 1 p.m. ET and Jan. 17, 2024, at 1 p.m. ET 
Phase 1 Submission Closes  March 12, 2024  
Phase 2 Submission Opens  April 11, 2024
Phase 1 Selections Announced (Anticipated) Summer 2024 
Phase 2 Submission Closes(Anticipated) Fall 2024

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