Advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunities is a responsibility of the entire U.S. government, including the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize fits into President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, which promises to deliver 40% of climate investment benefits to disadvantaged communities and, at the same time, inform equitable research, development, and deployment within DOE.
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.
Up to $2.5 million in cash prizes!
The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will award prizes of $200,000 to up to 10 organizations for a total prize pool of up to $2.5 million.
It is expected that Phase One funds will enable the winning organizations to fund proposed programs for approximately one full-time-equivalent person and carry out related activities that may include actively engaging with disadvantaged communities in their regions, building relationships through workshops and other events, providing technical support, and facilitating connections with technical expertise and academic institutions. These are examples of potential activities, and organizations are encouraged to think creatively about specific activities that play to their strengths and serve their communities.
The goals of the 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 innovationrelated 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.
The winners of Phase One of the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will receive cash awards of $200,000 each. Phase One winners will be eligible to participate in a Phase Two of the prize, anticipated to take place 12 months following Phase One awards, during which time it is anticipated that a total of $500,000 will be awarded to up to three teams.
Please review the official rules for the application process and instructions for competing.
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We are also looking for ideas on how to best structure this contest to attract ground-breaking solutions that will support the marine energy and desalination industries. If you are not interested in competing but want to help develop and judge the prize, contact us.
There is still time to register for today's webinar! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
During the webinar (today at 1:00pm MT) the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team will cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.
-The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Administration Team-
You still have time to register for this week's introductory webinar on January 12, 2022 at 1:00pm MT to cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.
Tuesday, February 1, 2022: Times Vary: University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
Thursday, February 3, 2022: 8:00-9:00am PT / 9:00-10:00am MT / 10:00-11:00am CT / 11:00-12:00pm ET: University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Commercialization Workshop Series: Team and Board Development/Strategic Partnerships. Register HERE.
Thursday, February 3, 2022: Times Vary: University of Arizona Center for Innovation: Office Hours. Sign-up HERE.
Friday, February 4, 2022: 9:00-10:00am PT / 10:00-11:00am MT / 11:00-12:00pm CT / 12:00-1:00pm ET: Clean Energy Business Network: Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize: Ideation and Teaming Event. Sign-up HERE.
Connectors are organizations that seek to support the efforts of competitors in the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize. Current Connectors are included on the American-Made Network, and competitors are free to reach out to organizations best suited to provide needed support. Power Connectors are organizations under contract with the Prize Administration team to play a more substantial role than Connectors in the competition in amplifying DOE and NREL’s efforts.
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Thinking about competing in the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize?
Join the DOE and NREL prize administration team for an introductory webinar on January 12, 2022 at 1:00pm MT to cover details about the prize, ways to leverage the American-Made Network, and strategies for developing a successful submission package.
Yes, but it’s quick and easy. Just click the “Solve this Challenge” button on this page and follow the instructions to complete your registration. All you need to provide is your name and email address.
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 detailed requirements found in the Official Rules Document.
In this prize we are not looking to provide funding to any one type of technology or activity. We are looking to fund highly impactful innovators for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities (as defined in the Official Rules Document). Please review section “3.5 Review Criteria and Suggested Content” of the Official Rules Document to understand how your submission will be scored.