The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) funds programs that guide interactions between the Department, DOE’s National Laboratories, and the private sector in collaborative research, strategic partnerships, facilities access, and technology transfer. We are constantly improving existing programs and practices, identifying whitespaces, and building new initiatives and tools to enhance the impact of DOE investments.
OTT manages the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The TCF is a nearly $30-million program that leverages the R&D funding in DOE’s applied energy offices to mature promising energy technologies. Private partners provide a 50/50 cost match to create a meaningful relationship that advances projects with potential commercial impact.
Our Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) is a $5-million program to encourage the robust growth of regional energy innovation ecosystems across the United States through incubators and innovation‑accelerating organizations.
Developed by OTT, the Practices to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies (PACT) Laboratory Call encouraged Labs to develop new ways to increase technology commercialization by reducing barriers to accessing Labs’ capabilities, lowering transaction costs and improving the complex’s ability to serve the private sector effectively.
In 2020, OTT launched the COVID-19 Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) to support efforts against the global pandemic, providing targeted funding for DOE’s National Labs to offer short-term engagements with U.S. external entities in the fight against the novel coronavirus.