OTT Technology Commercialization Fund

A core responsibility of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) is to oversee the expenditure of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technology transfer funds. As such, OTT is responsible for implementing the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). Congress established the TCF through the Energy Policy Act of 20051 and reauthorized it by the recent Energy Act of 2020 (EA 2020) "to promote promising energy technologies for commercial purposes."2

Appropriated TCF

The appropriated TCF is a nearly $30 million funding opportunity that leverages funding in the applied energy programs to mature promising energy technologies with the potential for high impact across DOE's Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) Continuum. The TCF utilizes 0.9 percent of the funding for DOE's applied energy research, development, demonstration, and commercial application budget for each fiscal year from the Office of Electricity, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, the Office of Nuclear Energy, and the Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response.

DOE’s approach to the appropriated TCF for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 offers applied energy programs the following options for deciding how to obligate their funding:

  • Technology-Specific Commercialization Programs: DOE programs have been given the opportunity to develop their own proposed use of TCF funding that meets the statutory requirements of TCF. These proposed activities can leverage or expand existing technology-specific commercialization programs or create new ones. However, programs must coordinate these activities with OTT, and the focus must remain on funding to national laboratories to promote the commercialization of DOE-funded technologies.

  • Joint Lab Call for Core Laboratory Infrastructure for Commercialization and Technology-Specific Partnership Projects: DOE programs have been given the opportunity to work with OTT on a multiple program office joint lab call that combines available appropriated TCF funding to address systemic challenges, core barriers, and known gaps impeding National Laboratory commercialization of promising energy technologies. For FY23, the joint lab call will also solicit collaborative technology-specific partnerships between National Laboratories and private sector companies in a similar manner to previous years' iterations of the TCF.

OTT and all DOE program offices expect to learn from the FY23 approach and will continue to incorporate lessons learned into future fiscal year TCF approaches and lab calls. 

Please reach out with questions by emailing DOE OTT’s TCF team at TCF@hq.doe.gov.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law TCF

In November 2021, Congress passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), more commonly known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), which provided $62 billion in new funding to support a broad array of clean energy activities and programs.  As with base appropriations, 0.9 percent of the research, development, demonstration, and commercialization funding provided by BIL is allocated to the TCF. 

Under TCF BIL, OTT pursues activities that broadly support the commercialization of promising energy technologies while simultaneously enhancing and improving American infrastructure, competitiveness, opportunity, and equity and addressing the climate crisis. Working collaboratively across relevant DOE program offices, OTT seeks to cultivate a broader innovation network around the BIL provision activities to enable faster replication and scaling of demonstration projects. 

OTT, in partnership with the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, issued a Notice of Intent on November 7, 2022 for a Carbon Dioxide Removal Measurement, Reporting, and Verification Lab Call. Read the complete NOI.

Latest TCF News: 

1 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109–58, 109th Cong. (August 8, 2005), Improved technology transfer of energy technologies, 42 U.S. Code § 16391 (a). 

2 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116–260, 116th Cong. (December 27, 2020), 134 Stat. 2597, Sec. 9003. https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ260/PLAW-116publ260.pdf.