The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is calling for applications for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The joint lab call announced today is the result of a collaborative effort between the DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT), eight DOE program offices, and participating national lab stakeholders. This year’s TCF reflects new flexibilities stemming from modifications to the TCF authorizing language passed in the Energy Act 2020. Each funding office was able to follow the approach that maximized the ability of TCF funding to “pursue promising energy technologies for commercial purposes.”
DOE expects to make approximately $13.6 million-$16.7 million in federal funding available for awards under this multi-office lab call, issued jointly by OTT; the Office of Electricity; the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Building Technologies Office, Geothermal Technologies Office, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, and Wind Energy Technologies Office; and the Office of Nuclear Energy.
The FY22 TCF collaborative solicitation focuses on Core Lab Infrastructure for Commercialization. Submissions under this new funding solicitation go beyond technology-specific projects to propose programs and activities aimed at streamlining the path to market by addressing barriers, gaps, and root causes of commercialization challenges. Additional funding offices will release their customized TCF programming in the coming months.
Only national laboratories are eligible for funding from this lab call. All applications must be submitted to DOE from each lab’s respective Office of Research and Technology Application (ORTA)1 Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs). ORTA TTOs are encouraged to propose projects, in collaboration with nonfederal partners, within five topic areas: Market Needs Assessment, Curation of Intellectual Property, Matchmaking, Streamlining Lab Processes and/or Requirements, or Increasing Partnerships with External Commercialization Parties. Interested private partners can reach out to lab TTOs directly or sign up to partner on the public Teaming Partner List. Details on both can be found in the lab call.
The deadline to submit concept slides is March 8, 2022, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The deadline to submit full applications is April 29, 2022, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. DOE expects to make selection notifications in late FY22. All application materials must be submitted through Exchange.
To learn more about the FY22 Core Lab Infrastructure for Commercialization Lab Call, visit the DOE TCF website or attend an informational webinar OTT will host on Tuesday, February 22:
- The webinar for National Lab TTOs will take place from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time.
- The webinar for the public will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
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