The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) are launching the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize.
Donor Name: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Country: United States
States: All States
Type of Grant: Awards and Prizes
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/25/2022
Size of the Grant: $500,000
Grant Duration: 12 Months
Through the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, DOE aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.
Part of the American-Made Challenges series and sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this prize aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.
Through this prize, DOE seeks to identify and support:
- Organizations that are community-centric and have experience in successfully engaging with disadvantaged communities
- Organizations that promote environmental, climate, and energy justice and demonstrate strong community ties
- Organizations that can use their experience to serve as bridges between DOE and disadvantaged communities
- Clean energy grassroots innovation related to technology advancement in climate and clean energy with a focused impact on disadvantaged communities.
The goals of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize are to:
- Enable clean energy and climate innovation, and entrepreneurship programming and capabilities at colleges and universities that serve large populations of students underrepresented in STEM, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and undergraduate institutions.
- Create or increase participation in clean energy and climate-smart job training and job placement/hiring, including programs that target participation from disadvantaged communities, including formerly incarcerated individuals and youth transitioning out of foster care. Workforce training could cover identifying energy efficiencies and greenhouse gas inventories, renewable energy manufacturing, and deployment.
- Foster grassroots innovation related to just and equitable clean energy deployment through activities focusing on community-centric networks and bottom-up solutions for sustainable development, based on the needs of the communities involved
- Identify and fund activities that will help disadvantaged communities become aware of, apply into or otherwise secure DOE funding or other federal, state, local government or private (for-profit or nonprofit) funding, in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.
- Enable the development of replicable clean energy transitions that deliver just and equitable benefits to disadvantaged communities in support of the government’s Justice40 goals.
- Phase One of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize invites teams to submit narratives describing proposed activities that will align with the goals of this prize. These submissions will be reviewed by DOE and external experts selected by DOE. Up to 10 winning teams will receive $200,000 each in cash to carry out the activities described in their impact plans. The winning teams will also receive in-kind mentorship and other support services during the 12-month period following winner announcements.
- Phase Two of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize is anticipated to open 12 months after the Phase One winner announcement, during which Phase One winners will be eligible to compete for a total of $500,000 in bonus prizes based on their activities during Phase One.
Eligibility and Competitors
The competition is open only to private entities (for-profits and nonprofits), non-federal government entities such as states, counties, tribes, and municipalities, academic institutions, and individuals, subject to the following requirements:
- Private entities must be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States with majority domestic ownership and control.
- Academic institutions must be based in the United States.
- An individual prize competitor or group of competitors who are not competing as part of an incorporated private entity must all be United States citizens or legal permanent residents.
- Individuals competing as part of an incorporated private entity may participate if they are legally allowed to work in the United States.
- DOE employees, employees of sponsoring organizations, members of their immediate families (e.g., spouses, children, siblings, or parents), and persons living in the same household as such persons, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in the prize.
- Individuals who worked at DOE (federal employees or support service contractors) within six months prior to the submission deadline of any contest are not eligible to participate in any prize contests in this program.
- Federal entities and federal employees are not eligible to participate in any portion of the prize.
- DOE national laboratory employees cannot compete in the prize.
- Entities and individuals publicly banned from doing business with the U.S. government such as entities and individuals debarred, suspended, or otherwise excluded from or ineligible for participating in Federal programs are not eligible to compete.
- Entities and individuals identified as a restricted party on one or more screening lists of Department of Commerce, State and the Treasury are not eligible to compete. See Consolidated Screening List.
- This prize competition is expected to positively impact U.S. economic competitiveness.
- Participation in a foreign government talent recruitment program1 could conflict with this objective by resulting in unauthorized transfer of scientific and technical information to foreign government entities.
- Therefore, individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk are not eligible to compete. Further, teams that include individuals participating in foreign government talent recruitment programs of foreign countries of risk 2 are not eligible to compete.
For more information, visit Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize.