The Industrial Efficiency & Decarbonization Office (IEDO) collaborates with other U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offices to support emerging industrial decarbonization and advanced manufacturing technologies. These programs include:
The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR / STTR) are competitive funding opportunities that encourage U.S.-based small businesses to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with the potential for commercialization. The DOE Office of Science manages these programs and awards projects in technology areas across the department.
The Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) is a funding opportunity designed to help commercialize energy technologies developed at DOE national laboratories. The DOE Office of Technology Transitions administers TCF, which is part of a set of initiatives to foster stronger partnerships among DOE facilities, private companies, and other entities that bring energy technologies to the marketplace.
American-Made Challenges are prize competitions funded through DOE that incentivize U.S. entrepreneurs to strengthen U.S. leadership in innovation and domestic manufacturing. These challenges seek to lower and barriers to scalability while helping connect entrepreneurs with the private sector and DOE National Laboratories.
Through Lab Calls, this office periodically issues competitive solicitations only for National Laboratories seeking multi-year funding on a particular topic or theme. Similar to the funding opportunity announcements open to the public, National Laboratories submit proposals that are then evaluated and selected by technical staff to make sure projects align with the office’s research priorities.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
The Communities Local Energy Action Program (Communities LEAP) is a pilot initiative aimed at facilitating economic and environmental benefits through DOE’s clean energy deployment work. Participates in the DOE-wide Communities LEAP initiative through its parent office, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) office.
Better Buildings is a DOE-wide initiative to coordinate investment in energy-saving and decarbonization technologies in the buildings sector. Better Plants is a program under the umbrella of Better Buildings managed by IEDO. Through Better Plants, IEDO provides resources to help partners across energy-intensive sectors meet voluntary energy, water, and waste reduction goals.
Through the Better Climate Challenge, organizations can leverage DOE resources to meet self-determined portfolio-wide emission reduction targets. To access Better Climate resources, partners must publicly pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% across their building and plant portfolio in 10 years. IEDO supports this program by providing technical assistance, knowledge-sharing, and other resources to Challenge partners.