Technology to Market Competitive Awards

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The Technology to Market subprogram issues competitive solicitations for projects that target two known funding gaps in bringing new technologies to market: those that occur at the prototype commercialization stage, as well as those at the commercial scale-up stage. Financial awards allow recipients to help advance the SunShot goals. The Technology to Market funding programs focus on moving innovative ideas from the proof of concept stage to achieving market adoption.

Current Awards

Funding Program                                                                                     Year Announced Amount Awarded
Innovative Pathways 2017 $3.5M
SunShot Technology to Market 3 (T2M3) 2017 $25M
Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) 2009-2017 $39M
SunShot Technology to Market 2 "Incubator 11, SolarMat 4" 2016 $25M
SunShot Technology to Market “Incubator 10, SolarMat 3, SunPath 2” 2015 $23M
SunShot National Laboratory Multiyear Partnership (SuNLaMP) 2015 $3M
Solar Manufacturing Technology 2 (SolarMaT 2) 2014 $24M
Photovoltaic Manufacturing Initiative (PVMI) 2011 $110M

Past Awards

Funding Program                                                                                     Year Announced Amount Awarded
SunShot Incubator program Rounds 1-9* 2007-2014 $127M
Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMaT) 2013 $13M
High Impact Supply Chain R&D for PV Technologies and Systems 2011 $20M
Scaling Up Nascent PV AT Home (SUNPATH) 2011 $37M
Solar PV manufacturing cost analysis 2013 lab funding
Supply constraints analysis 2012 lab funding
Competitive advantage market analysis 2011 lab funding

*The SunShot Incubator program is a cross-cutting initiative that funds projects that will bring technology to market in all five SunShot subprograms.

In addition to these competitive awards, SunShot also funds projects in the Small Business Voucher Pilot program, which offers technical assistance to small businesses from our national laboratories. Learn more.

For more information on available funding, visit the funding opportunities page.

Cost Share

The Solar Energy Technologies Office issues competitive solicitations that fund cooperative research, development, demonstration, and deployment projects by private companies, universities, state and local governments, nonprofit organizations, and national laboratories to drive down the cost of solar electricity to $0.03 per kilowatt-hour (not including incentives). Per Section 988 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, all of our awards have a cost share requirement that awardees must meet to receive their funding, which can be met through direct or indirect project costs. The cost sharing requirements generally require a 20 percent cost share for research and development, with an exemption for basic or fundamental research and development, and a 50 percent cost share for demonstration and commercial application activities. Learn more about the Energy Department’s Financial Assistance.

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