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MAKE IT Prize Strategies Track

Enabling vibrant clean energy technology manufacturing activity in communities.

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Summary

Overview

The Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technologies (MAKE IT) Prize aims to catalyze domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy technology components, moving manufacturing facilities from planning to shovel-ready and enabling strategies for vibrant manufacturing activities in communities. This prize, developed by the Office of Technology Transitions in partnership with the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations and the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, has a prize pool of approximately $30 million spread across two tracks: Facilities and Strategies. 

The Strategies Track aims to help build interest and engagement around manufacturing clean energy technologies and expand the potential for more clean energy jobs and economic opportunity. In this track, competitors will be asked to develop a roadmap to establishing clean energy manufacturing in their region and get a letter of commitment from an entity interested in establishing a facility in their region. 

This page outlines the eligibility and track structure for the Strategies Track. More information on the Strategies Track and instructions for competing can be found in the official rules document

For information on the Facilities Track, where competitors develop clean energy technology manufacturing facilities to the point of being shovel-ready, please visit the Facilities Track HeroX page.

 

Competitor Eligibility

The Strategies Track is open to teams working to promote manufacturing activity development in their regions. More information on eligibility can be found in the official rules document

 

Track Structure

The Strategies Track offers two opportunities to compete through two rounds. Each round includes three phases. 

  • Phase 1: Engage: Competitors submit a narrative describing their team, region, potential elements to include in their roadmap, and a community engagement plan. Approximately 30 winners will be awarded $50,000 each across two rounds of competition and will advance to Phase 2: Create.
  • Phase 2: Create: Competitors submit their concept roadmap, including the results of their community engagement, and a list of potential manufacturers for the region. Approximately 20 winners will be awarded $100,000 each across two rounds of competition and will advance to Phase 3: Activate.
  • Phase 3: Activate: Competitors submit their final roadmaps and demonstrate commitment from at least one entity interested in establishing a clean energy manufacturing facility in the region. Approximately eight winners will be awarded $250,000 each across two rounds of competition.

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More information can be found in the official rules document.

 

Upcoming Dates

Key Dates (estimated, subject to change)

 Round 1Round 2
Informational webinarAug 17, 2023TBD
Phase 1: Engage Submission DeadlineOct 18, 2023 Feb 15, 2024
Phase 2: Create Submission DeadlineMay 2024Nov 2024
Phase 3: Activate Submission DeadlineNov 2024May 2025

 

All Dates (estimated, subject to change)

  • Informational Webinar: August 17, 2023
  • Round 1 Phase 1: Engage Submission Deadline: October 18, 2023
  • Round 1 Phase 1:Engage Winner Announcement: approximately 60 days after deadline
  • Round 2 Phase 1: Engage Submission Deadline: February 15, 2024 
  • Round 2 Phase 1: Engage Winner Announcement: approximately 60 days after deadline
  • Round 1 Phase 2: Create Submission Deadline: May 1, 2024
  • Round 1 Phase 2: Create Winner Announcement: approximately 60 days after deadline

 

  • Round 2 Phase 2: Create Submission Deadline: November 2024
  • Round 1 Phase 3: Activate Submission Deadline: November 2024
  • Round 2 Phase 2: Create Winner Announcement: approximately 60 days after deadline
  • Round 1 Phase 3: Activate Winner Announcement: approximately 60 days after deadline 
  • Round 2 Phase 3: Activate Submission Deadline: May 2025
  • Round 2 Phase 3: Activate Winner Announcement: approximately 60 days after deadline

 

Informational Webinar

The MAKE IT Prize Strategies Track informational webinar recording gives an overview of the Strategies Track and its phases, timelines, and submission requirements. Watch the webinar recording to learn more.

 

Challenge Guidelines

The official rules document contains the complete application process and instructions for competing.

 

Follow the challenge page to receive the latest updates. For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at

 


Guidelines

Please review the official rules for the complete application process and instructions for competing.

Follow the challenge page to receive the latest updates. For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at

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Challenge Updates

Strategies Track Round 2 Deadline in 2 Days

Feb. 13, 2024, 12:23 p.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

 Have you completed your application submission for Round 2 of the Strategies Track? If yes, great work! Please carry on with your day.  

 

If no, you have until 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2024—2 days from now. Review the Strategies Track official rules document and informational webinar to learn what to include and how to submit.  

 

Apply for Round 2 of the Strategies Track now


How the MAKE IT Prize Advances Justice40 Initiatives

Feb. 5, 2024, 8:38 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Did you know you can strengthen your MAKE IT Prize submission by working with disadvantaged communities that could benefit from the clean energy manufacturing economy? 

The MAKE IT Prize will award approximately $30 million in prizes to catalyze the domestic manufacturing of critical clean energy technology components, moving manufacturing facilities from planning to shovel-ready and enabling strategies for vibrant manufacturing activity in communities. 

Guided by the Justice40 (J40) Initiative principles, one of the main objectives of this prize is to support the creation of economic and job opportunities related to clean energy for all Americans. The J40 Initiative directs that 40% of the benefits from certain federal investments—including those related to clean energy and energy efficiency—flow to disadvantaged communities (DACs). 

As part of its commitment to J40, the Department of Energy (DOE) is following these eight priorities as guiding principles for all programs covered under the initiative: 

  1. Decrease energy burden in disadvantaged communities (DACs).
  2. Decrease environmental exposure and burdens for DACs.
  3. Increase parity in clean energy technology access and adoption in DACs.
  4. Increase access to low-cost capital in DACs.
  5. Increase clean energy enterprise creation and contracting in DACs.
  6. Increase clean energy jobs, job pipeline, and job training for individuals from DACs.
  7. Increase energy resiliency in DACs.
  8. Increase energy democracy in DACs. 

Through the MAKE IT Prize, DOE aims to promote quality employment, equitable economic development, and other benefits of manufacturing within disadvantaged communities. 

How to Make J40 Principles Shine in Your Submission

Consideration for the J40 Initiatives is an important piece of the MAKE IT Prize Strategies track. A successful Phase 1: Engage submission should exhibit this consideration by:

  • Demonstrating an understanding of the region and its communities.
  • Highlighting potential impacts to disadvantaged communities.
  • Showcasing the potential to meaningfully address at least one of the eight priorities listed above. 

To better understand where disadvantaged communities are located and how they may be impacted, check out the White House Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool and learn more about the Justice40 Initiative.

Want to help make sure the clean energy transition benefits those in your community? Submit your materials for Phase 1: Engage of the MAKE IT Strategies Track by Feb. 15! 


2 Weeks Left to Apply to Round 2 of the Strategies Track

Feb. 1, 2024, 9:24 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

You have two weeks left to sign up to compete in Round 2 of the Strategies Track! 

We’re looking for nonprofits, academic institutions, economic development organizations, and other groups to create plans for boosting clean energy manufacturing, economic development, growth, and quality of life in their community. Winners can receive up to $400,000 over three phases to create plans for bringing clean energy manufacturing to their region.  

Apply by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2024. Review the Strategies Track official rules document and informational webinar to learn what to include and how to submit.  

Apply to Round 2 of the Strategies Track now


Strategies Track Round 2, Phase 1 Submissions Due Feb. 15

Jan. 16, 2024, 7:15 a.m. PST by NREL Prize Administrator

Still deciding whether to compete in the Strategies Track? You still have one month to submit to Round 2! 

We’re looking for nonprofits, academic institutions, economic development organizations, and other groups to create plans for boosting clean energy manufacturing, economic development, growth, and quality of life in their community. Each winner will receive up to $400,000 to create plans for bringing clean energy manufacturing to their region.

Submit your application by 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2024. Review the Strategies Track official rules document and informational webinar to learn what to include and how to submit it. 

Apply to Round 2 of the Strategies Track now!


Round 2 Phase 1 Deadline and Resources

Jan. 2, 2024, 1:47 p.m. PST by NREL Moderator

Hello, MAKE IT Prize followers!

The Manufacture of Advanced Key Energy Infrastructure Technology (MAKE IT) Prize Strategies Track’s Round 2 Phase 1: Engage deadline is a little more than six weeks away. Make sure you read the official rules document, schedule your 1:1 time with our Power Connectors, and join our informational webinar on Jan. 9, 2024, to ensure your materials are submission ready!

For any questions, please use the contact feature on the HeroX platform or message us directly at .


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