The information below is provided as a resource for those interested in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO). BTO cannot support or fund all buildings-related technology or projects. In these cases, the information below could be helpful and is tailored to focus on additional resources for the buildings-related sector. Each section is divided into a link to an organization or program under “Where do I go?” as well as background on that organization or program under “What is it?”

Disclaimer: This information is not comprehensive and is only updated periodically. By providing this information, DOE is not endorsing any of the below organizations or programs.

Competitive Funding Opportunities

Federal

Where do I go?

What is it?

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)

DOD AFOSR continues to expand the horizon of scientific knowledge through its leadership and management of the Air Force’s basic research program. Offers funding to invest in basic research efforts for the Air Force in relevant scientific areas.

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Army Research Laboratory (ARL)

DOD ARL is the Army’s corporate, or central, laboratory. ARL’s program consists of basic and applied research including mechanical sciences, electronics and network sciences.

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP)

ESTCP is DOD’s environmental technology demonstration and validation program. Offers funding to identify and demonstrate cost-effective technologies that address DOD’s highest priority environmental requirements.

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Office of Naval Research (ONR)

DOD ONR coordinates, executes, and promotes the science and technology programs of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Offers funding for innovative scientific and technological solutions to address current and future Navy and Marine Corps requirements.

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)

SERDP is DOD’s environmental science and technology program. Offers funding in basic and applied research and advanced development.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E)

DOE ARPA-E advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. Offers funding focused on overcoming specific technical barriers around a specific energy area.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Exchange

DOE EERE’s Exchange lists funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). EERE uses FOAs to solicit applications in specific program areas and selects projects based on a merit review process that includes industry and technology experts.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)

NSF is an independent federal agency created to promote the progress of science. Offers funding across multiple program areas including engineering and a subprogram on civil, mechanical, and manufacturing innovation.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

The SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research as well as research and development that has the potential for commercialization. Currently 11 federal agencies participate in the SBIR program, including DOE.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program

The STTR program expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. Currently five agencies participate in the STTR program, including DOE.

U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA's) Proving Ground (GPG) Program

Since its inception in 2011, GSA's GPG program has evaluated dozens of next-generation building technologies in real-world operational settings, recommending the most promising for deployment within GSA’s real estate portfolio. By discovering best-of-breed innovative technologies early in their development and placing them strategically within federal properties, we help ensure GSA’s leadership position within the commercial building industry and contribute to GSA’s sound investment decisions, which greatly benefit the American taxpayer.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean University Prize (Cleantech UP)

Competitive funding to inspire and equip the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs and innovators through business development and commercialization training as well as other educational opportunities.

American Made Challenges

The American-Made Challenges incentivize the nation's entrepreneurs to reassert American leadership in the energy marketplace. These new challenges seek to lower the barriers U.S.-based innovators face in reaching manufacturing scale by accelerating the cycles of learning from years to weeks, while helping to create partnerships that connect entrepreneurs to the private sector and the network of DOE's national laboratories across the nation.

Challenge.gov

Challenge.gov, maintained by the U.S. General Services Administration, is the official hub for prize competitions and challenges across all federal government. This website enables the U.S. government to engage citizen-solvers in prize competitions for top ideas and concepts as well as breakthrough software, scientific and technology solutions that help achieve their agency missions.

State

Where do I go?

Where do I go?

California Energy Commission

California’s primary state energy policy and planning agency. Funding opportunities ranging from building energy efficiency and natural gas to transportation. Also provides cost-share as needed.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Leveraging Funding Opportunities Program

MassCEC is a publicly funded agency dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth. Offers funding for research and prototyping, demonstration and acceleration, and commercialization and growth.

The MassCEC Leveraging Funding Opportunities is a resource to support Massachusetts companies on their federal and non-federal funding applications. This website requires registration to view opportunities.
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Cleantech & InnovationNYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Offers funding for applied research, technical analysis, workforce development, and more.

Innovation Network

Incubators and Accelerators

Where do I go? What is it?
ACRE

ACRE is a business incubator that supports the growth of high-impact, early-stage venture companies positively impacting climate change. ACRE incubator companies receive business advisory services, marketing and design support, PR support, investor meeting preparation and introductions, access to mentors and channel partners, and office space in downtown Brooklyn, New York. ACRE is located within the Urban Future Lab, a part of NYU's Tandon School of Engineering, and prefers companies work in house to take full advantage of the services they offer.

Arrowhead Technology Incubator (ATI)

ATI, at New Mexico State University, gives scalable startups the team, tools, and resources they need to turn ideas into revenue-generating realities. ATI services are available to entrepreneurs based in New Mexico.

Austin Technology Incubator

The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin. For over 30 years, ATI has used a customized approach to support entrepreneurs addressing the world’s most complex problems by connecting startups with the expertise, relationships, and funding sources they need to succeed in the marketplace. Through partnerships with local and national investors and funding sources, a dedicated mentor community, trusted professional and strategic partners as well as universities and other community affiliations, we are dedicated to supporting deep tech solutions that will become the future for today’s global problems.

Center for Evaluation of Clean Energy Technology (CECET)

CECET is an Intertek company dedicated to the advancement of clean energy technology, launched in partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). CECET provides access to expert guidance, technical due diligence, and state-of-the-art laboratory testing facilities to speed up the commercialization of clean energy technology.

Clean Energy Accelerator

The Clean Energy Accelerator is a program through which the Metro region of the Clean Energy Resource Teams, a program of the Great Plains Institute, is providing an opportunity to apply for assistance with getting community-based clean energy projects “off the ground” in Minnesota.

Clean Energy Trust

Clean Energy Trust  brings cleantech innovation to market by finding, funding, and growing high-impact cleantech startups from the Midwest. Structured as a nonprofit, Clean Energy Trust makes seed investments and provides patient, hands-on support to help entrepreneurs scale and succeed.

Cleantech Open

Cleantech Open’s mission is to find, fund, and foster entrepreneurs with ideas to solve our greatest environmental and energy challenges. Through Cleantech Open's annual business competition and accelerator program, the organization connects cleantech startups with the people and resources that will accelerate their success, and provide a national platform for public visibility.

Coalition: Energy

Coalition: Energy is a coworking hub of professionals in energy including companies working in clean tech, smart grid technology, energy consulting, and more. With regular events and a calendar full of energy-related events in the greater Chicago area, members are connected to the center of the energy movement in the Midwest.

Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

EPRI conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery, and use of electricity for the benefit of the public in the United States and internationally. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety, and the environment.

Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator is a nonprofit created in collaboration with Emerson Collective, an investment and philanthropic platform. Each year, Elemental Excelerator finds 15-20 companies that best fit its mission and funds each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, water, food and agriculture, and mobility.

Energy and Environmental Technology Applications Center (E2TAC)

E2TAC addresses the needs of advanced energy and environmental applications by leveraging the intellectual power base and state-of-the-art infrastructure at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and making use of its extensive capabilities in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology. Working with a growing list of collaborators, E2TAC is also at the forefront in business acceleration, education and outreach activities in the increasingly important areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

EPIcenter EPIcenter propels energy innovation and thought for our global future with a think tank, incubator and accelerator, strategic partnerships, advisory engagements and critical conversations about energy. “EPI” stands for Energy, Partnerships and Innovation. Its vision is to be the hub for energy innovation and thought leadership driving profound global impact. The EPIcenter Energy Incubator and Accelerator provides curriculum, coaching, mentorship, connections (access to funding sources and fabrication laboratories) and services to startups in all phases of development to incite the energy evolution.
Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs is a community of bold, passionate entrepreneurs creating game-changing energy technologies that transform the way we live, work and play. Located just outside of Boston in Somerville, Massachusetts, Greentown Labs is the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, operating a 100,000-square-foot prototyping lab and co-working space, a shared machine shop, a wet lab, and an electronics shop. Greentown Labs is unique in a variety of ways but notably for its focus on hardware-focused startups and its affordable, rent-based model.

Innosphere

Based in Colorado, Innosphere Ventures accelerates the success of high-impact science and technology companies. In addition to the exclusive program, Innosphere Ventures has office and wet lab space, and operates a seed stage venture fund.

 Joules Accelerator

Joules Accelerator enables the growth of high-potential clean energy startups by facilitating training, mentoring and access to utilities, customers and key industry players through the bi-annual Catalyst Program based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Joules does not take equity in startups and does not charge for the application process or participation in the program.

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)

LACI is a nonprofit organization funded by the CRA/LA and the LADWP for the City of Los Angeles. In partnership with the city’s exceptional educational and research organizations – UCLA, USC, Caltech and Jet Propulsion Laboratory – LACI helps accelerate the commercialization of clean technologies in addition to accelerating new products developed by independent entrepreneurs. Part of the LACI mission is to grow the green economy via Los Angeles and help create jobs in Los Angeles. To bring the mighty LA cleantech ecosystem to the table to help, it must make sense for the company to grow (and hopefully stay) in LA.

M-WERCBench Labs

M-WERC was founded in 2009 by three universities and four industrial companies to focus on conducting collaborative and transformative energy related seed research. It has grown to more than 90 members with an annual budget of more than $1 million. M-WERC is dedicated to making the Midwest region the leader in energy power, and controls. 

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Industry Growth Forum

For over 20 years, the NREL Industry Growth Forum has been the nation’s premier clean energy investment event. The Forum features presentations from emerging clean energy companies, panels, one-on-one meetings, and organized networking opportunities. NREL also hosts an Emerging Markets Day, which is a day-long matchmaking forum for emerging market energy ventures and investors.

NextEnergy

NextEnergy works with a variety of industry partners to transform innovative technologies into solutions that will create a better quality of life for all. Based in the center of Detroit’s growing innovation district with access to a microgrid, smart home, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and an alternative fuels platform, they demonstrate and pilot technologies in real-world environments to gather data and diverse user-experiences. 

NEXUS-NY

NEXUS-NY is an accelerator program that operates at the earliest stage of the entrepreneurship spectrum. It helps entrepreneurially minded scientists by providing business know-how, resources, and connections. NEXUS-NY is open to researchers from throughout New York State who have completed basic research within the field of clean energy and who have yet to commercialize the resulting technology.

Pecan Street

Pecan Street, located in Austin, Texas, provides access to the world’s best data on consumer energy and water consumption behavior, testing and verification of technology solutions, and commercialization services to help bring breakthrough ideas to market faster and guide policy decisions.

PowerBridge NY

With $10M in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), PowerBridgeNY’s mission is to turn cleantech innovations from the academic research labs of our six partner institutions into strong, cleantech businesses in New York State. PowerBridgeNY is two separate proof-of-concept centers (POCC), both funded by NYSERDA, collaborating as one entity. One POCC is led by Columbia University and includes Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cornell Tech, and Stony Brook University. The other POCC is led by the Tandon School of Engineering at New York University and includes the City University of New York.

The PowerBridgeNY program will come to an end in September 2020 with its final cohort of Cycle 6 awardees issued in May 2019.

Powerhouse

Powerhouse connects startups, corporations, and investors to create an energy system that is decarbonized, decentralized, democratized, and digitized. Every year, Powerhouse connects hundreds of clean technology startups to industry leaders and investors.

Powerhouse Ventures is a network-driven venture fund that backs entrepreneurs building the future of energy and mobility.

The collaborative co-working space grants mission-aligned entrepreneurs access to uptown Oakland, California real estate and introductions to some of best minds in the new energy industry.
Prospect Silicon Valley

Prospect Silicon Valley is a nonprofit urbantech innovation hub with the aim of solving the biggest challenges faced by cities. By supporting entrepreneurs and implementing community programs and projects, Prospect Silicon Valley drives the adoption of urbantech solutions in mobility, transportation, energy and the built environment. Born in San Jose, where Prospect Silicon Valley operates a Technology Demonstration Center, Prospect Silicon Valley is advancing the field of urbantech by developing a network to solve the significant challenges and pressures our cities face; helping the public sector, startups and corporations build and prove new solutions for the essential foundation of our cities — transportation and mobility, energy and buildings.

Smart Grid Cluster

The Smart Grid Cluster supports economic growth for companies building the future of energy and the grid. Smart Grid Cluster offers a combination of business, technical and financing support services that leverages the Illinois region’s robust corporate and research assets and drives the continual economic growth of the energy innovation ecosystem.

SUNY Poly: Advancing Research & Commercialization (SPARC)

The SUNY Poly: Advancing Research & Commercialization Initiative features two incubators with an emphasis on different technologies: the iCLEAN Incubator, which is focused primarily on clean energy technology, and the Tech Valley Business Incubator, which is concentrated on nanotechnology and biotechnology. Funded primarily through the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Empire State Development, SPARC works with small and start-up companies throughout New York, the Northeast, and the nation.

Sustainable Startups Lean Startup Incubator

Sustainable Startups teaches critical entrepreneurial skills including: resourcefulness; creative problem-solving; project management; and accountability to move participants into action and build the future they envision for themselves and their communities. The program requires no prerequisites, no specific knowledge or experience, not even a concrete business idea. It requires only an open mind and willingness to discover how being entrepreneurial can create meaningful outcomes. Started in Salt Lake City in 2013, the program has since expanded to 16 communities across the U.S. The program works best in emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems where a wealth of raw talent exists, but formal structures and programs are still needed to activate and train that talent.

Telluride Venture Accelerator (TVA)

TVA has pioneered the way for the conversation around building real companies in a mountain town. As the first accelerator of its kind in the world, it has proven that real companies can build and thrive here. Since 2012, 29 startup companies have graduated the program and raised over $22 million dollars with the help of an incredible network of more than 100 mentors.

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is a business incubator, working with early-stage companies of today to become the powerhouses of tomorrow. Located in the heart of downtown Boise, Idaho, it offers entrepreneurs comprehensive services to build a strong foundation to take their company on to even greater success.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE)

DOE launched NIICE to increase coordination and collaboration among the incubators across the country and develop best practices to raise incubator performance standards. This effort enables incubators to provide more efficient and effective services to early-stage U.S. companies.

Through NIICE, EERE funds a national network of cleantech incubators and other supporting organizations, as well as three regional incubator projects in the Midwest, Southwest and California.
VertueLab

Located in Portland, Oregon, VertueLab is focused on innovations that make a real difference in the world through promising technological advancement. They offer value to both startups and impact investors wanting to make real environmental and social impacts. (Formerly known as Oregon BEST.)  

Manufacturing Partners

Where do I go? What is it?
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI)

CEMI engages in partnerships to improve U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) Federal Resource Guide

The CEMI Federal Resource Guide provides information on federal resources to help design, scale up, and commercialize technology.

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Contact Your Local MEP Center

MEP is a national network with hundreds of specialists who understand the needs of America's small manufacturers. The MEP nationwide network consists of manufacturing extension partnership centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. MEP provides companies with services and access to public and private resources to enhance growth, improve productivity, reduce costs, and expand capacity.

North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) NAIMA is a trade association of North American manufacturers of fiber glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products whose mission is to enable a more comfortable, energy-efficient, and sustainable future through insulation.
American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) AITC is the national technical trade association of the structural glued laminated (glulam) timber industry. AITC represents glued laminated timber manufacturers in the U.S., as well as installers, suppliers, sales representatives, engineers, architects, designers, and researchers.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA); specifically, High-Performance Buildings Council NEMA is an ANSI-accredited Standards Developing Organization made up of business leaders, electrical experts, engineers, scientists, and technicians. The High-Performance Buildings Council (HPBC) was established to promote the adoption of high-performance technologies and systems that increase the energy efficiency, safety, resilience, sustainability, productivity, and security of federal, commercial, and multifamily residential buildings.
Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association (CIMA) CIMA is the trade association for the cellulose segment of the thermal/acoustical insulation industry and provides information about cellulose insulation to its members, regulatory officials, industry professionals, and homeowners.
APA -- The Engineered Wood Association APA – The Engineered Wood Association is a nonprofit trade association focused on helping the engineered wood industry create structural wood products of exceptional strength, versatility and reliability.
Heat Exchange Institute (HEI) HEI is a nonprofit trade association committed to the technical advancement, promotion, and understanding of a broad range of utility and industrial-scale heat exchange and vacuum apparatus.
Modular Building Institute (MBI) MBI is an international nonprofit trade association serving the modular construction industry. Members are manufacturers, contractors, and dealers in permanent modular construction (PMC) and relocatable buildings (RB).
Modular Home Builders Association The Modular Home Builders Association is a national organization dedicated to modular home builders and manufacturers, serving as a forum where members, suppliers, and builders work together to exchange information and innovation in the modular industry.
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) AISC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit technical institute and trade association serving the structural steel design community and construction industry.

Utility Consortia

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What is it?
Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)

CEE is the U.S. and Canadian consortium of gas and electric efficiency program administrators. CEE works together to accelerate the development and availability of energy-efficient products and services for lasting public benefit.

Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council (ETCC)

To help achieve the state’s ambitious energy savings goals, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the California Energy Commission created the ETCC with oversight from the California Public Utilities Commission. The ETCC Leadership Team has grown to include California’s largest municipal utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The ETCC provides a collaborative forum for its members to exchange information on opportunities and results from their Emerging Technologies activities. Efforts are focused on identification, assessment, and support for commercialization of energy-reducing technologies, such as advanced lighting, water heating, space heating and air-conditioning systems, for residential, commercial, agricultural and industrial customers.
Emerging Technology Program, Gas Technology Institute

GTI's Emerging Technology Program (ETP) is a North American, membership-based utility collaborative. ETP works to accelerate the commercialization and adoption of energy-efficient technologies.

ETP works across numerous channels to deliver a pipeline of solutions, enabling utilities to meet energy-efficiency goals with less risk and more certainty. “Beyond development” technologies are targeted for residential, commercial and industrial markets, meaning they are newly commercialized or underutilized. The most promising products are identified and can be evaluated in pilot assessments and demonstrations.

ETP members drive the agenda to address their company and regional needs. Funding is collectively leveraged to address market barriers, evaluate product suitability for utility programs, and deliver guidelines for deployment.

Access to National Laboratory Resources

Where do I go?What is it?

Global Energy Gamechanger -Shell + NREL

This is a multimillion-dollar multiyear program focused on discovering and advancing emerging clean energy technologies. Promising startups gain access to more than 40 clean-tech business incubators and up to $250,000 in non-dilutive funding in the form of technical experts to develop and demonstrate new energy technologies. 

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Lab Partnering Service (LPS)

DOE’s LPS provides investors, and other parties looking to advance energy innovation, a single location to connect with leading DOE national laboratory technical experts to quickly answer innovation questions, as well as discover opportunities for building partnerships. Our goal is to increase access to the information needed to make informed decisions.

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2)

The Wells Fargo Incubation Innovator (IN²) is a program designed to facilitate early-stage technologies that provide scalable solutions to reduce the energy impact of commercial buildings. IN² is invitation-only, relying on referrals from 40-plus channel partners to commercial building technologies. Three selection committees evaluate applications based on technical merit and business opportunity, and the companies selected participate across three rounds.

Other Resources

Training and Mentoring

Where do I go?What is it?
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Build4Scale Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

Build4Scale provides entrepreneurs with the tools they need to identify and address manufacturing challenges early in the process. Build4Scale will train cleantech entrepreneurs on the fundamentals of manufacturing, providing them with the tools and information they need to bring their promising energy solutions to market.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy I-Corps Program

The Energy I-Corps Program pairs teams of laboratory researchers with industry mentors for an intensive two-month training where the researchers define technology value propositions, conduct customer discovery interviews, and develop viable market pathways for their technologies. Researchers return to the lab with a framework for industry engagement to guide future research and inform a culture of market awareness within the labs. In this way, Energy I-Corps is ensuring DOE investment in the national labs is maintaining and strengthening U.S. competitiveness long-term.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program

The NSF I-Corps program prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of NSF-funded, basic-research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

Through I-Corps, NSF grantees learn to identify valuable product opportunities that can emerge from academic research, and gain skills in entrepreneurship through training in customer discovery and guidance from established entrepreneurs.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – Bay Area Regional Node

The Bay Area NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) is a collaboration between the University of California Berkeley, University of California San Francisco and Stanford University and funded by the National Science Foundation that offers educational programs to accelerate the commercialization of science and fosters technology entrepreneurship nationally.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – DC Regional Node

DC I-Corps is a regional program designed to foster, grow and nurture an innovation ecosystem in the nation’s capital, the nearby states of Maryland and Virginia, and the mid-Atlantic region. The program is sponsored by NSF and jointly run by the University of Maryland College Park, George Washington University, Virginia Tech, and Johns Hopkins University. The program provides real-world, hands-on training on how to successfully incorporate innovations into successful products. The ultimate goal is to create a new venture or licensing opportunity for program participants.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – Innovation-Node LA (IN-LA)

Innovation-Node Los Angeles (IN-LA) is a collaboration of the University of Southern California (USC), California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It is supported partially through the NSF I-Corps program to accelerate technology commercialization, support engineering entrepreneurship and educate innovation leadership. IN-LA offers leading educational programs, world-class research, support for new ventures, and ecosystem-developing programs to link innovators with capital and other resources.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – Midwest Regional Node

I-Corps Midwest Node brings together the University of Michigan (UM) as the lead institution, and the University of Illinois Urbana Champagne, and Purdue University as partner institutions. This Node is uniquely suited to serve the Midwest entrepreneurial ecosystem by bridging rural communication gaps that typically lead to an uninformed commercial opportunity around research inventions, difficulty in retaining and accessing talent with sufficient breadth of specific and relevant expertise, and instilling customer discovery memory across I-Corps programs allowing entrepreneurial researchers to leverage learning from previous I-Corps teams.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – NYC Regional Node

The New York City Regional Innovation Node (NYCRIN) is a network of over 25 leading universities in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, and Pennsylvania area designed to support regional needs for innovation education, infrastructure and research by providing state-of-the-art training for academic researchers and technologists through the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. NYCRIN will work cooperatively to build, utilize and sustain a national innovation ecosystem that further enhances the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – South Regional Node

I-Corps South provides evidence-based entrepreneurship education and support to commercialization startups, as well as training, resources, and an active network to regional research universities. I-Corps South is a collaboration of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – Southwest Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation Regional Node

Through the combined entrepreneurial experience and research capabilities of four leading research institutions in Texas, Southwest I-Corps supports and connects young scientists, leading faculty and the greater business community across the Texas and Southwest region in testing their funded research for potential commercial applications through national and regional I-Corps programming.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) – Upstate NY Alliance for Entrepreneurial Innovation Regional Node

The Upstate New York I-Corps Node combines the experience of the nation’s top university R&D region with the entrepreneurial knowledge of experienced mentors and faculty. The Node acts as a hub for commercialization training in the Northeast, connecting skilled researchers to valuable resources through national and regional I-Corps programming.

Building Energy Project Data, Research and Analysis

Where do I go? What is it?
Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Regional Resource Map

An interactive project map of ARPA-E funded projects including efficiency, electricity generation and delivery, and transportation projects.

California Energy Commission

The California Energy Commission‘s Interactive Project Map shows the location of projects funded by a range of programs, as well as the location of disadvantaged communities, low-income census tracts, and county boundaries. Additional data layers include Senate and Assembly districts. Data layers in the map can be turned on and off, and all information contained within the map is downloadable.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative Better Buildings Alliance

The Better Buildings Alliance is a DOE effort to promote energy efficiency in U.S. commercial buildings through collaboration with building owners, operators, and managers. Members of the Alliance commit to addressing energy-efficiency needs in their buildings by setting energy savings goals, developing innovative energy-efficiency resources, and adopting advanced cost-effective technologies and market practices.

The Better Buildings Alliance has grown to include more than 200 members, representing over 10 billion commercial square feet across key market sectors: retail, food service, commercial real estate, healthcare, and higher education. Members agree to participate in at least one Alliance activity each year and share their successes with their peers, while DOE commits to connect members with technical resources, and provide a platform for peer exchange.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative Solution Center

Better Buildings Solution Center has hundreds of resources that have helped Better Buildings partners bolster their bottom lines, advance technology innovation, create jobs, and spur energy-efficiency investments.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Performance Database

The Building Performance Database contains information about energy-related characteristics of commercial and residential buildings.

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Visual Patent Search

DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions provides a visual patent search tool designed to provide a facilitated search of published U.S. patent applications and issued U.S. patents created using DOE funding.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Inventor & Entrepreneur Resources

The USPTO Inventor & Entrepreneur Resources has information on patents, trademarks, former patent examiner assistance, pro bono help, and more.