DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) has issued its solicitation for FY20 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) proposals. Proposal Eligibility Declarations are due by October 10, 2019, 5pm (ET). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) if interested in participating, as TCF projects must involve Lab-developed IP. Contact Todd Pray at email@example.com, Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer, if you have any questions regarding the CRADA contracting process required to include industry and cost-share partners.
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A pre-recorded webinar can also be found here.
|Deadline for Mandatory Proposal Eligibility Declarations||October 10, 2019 5:00 p.m. (ET)|
|Anticipated Notification of Full Proposal Eligibility||November 5, 2019|
|Deadline for Full Proposals||December12, 2019 5:00 p.m. (ET)|
|Anticipated Review Comments||Early-MidMarch 2020|
|Optional Response to Review Comments||Three (3) Business Days Later|
|Expected Date for Selection Notifications||Spring 2020|
The TCF program offers an opportunity for private industry to partner with DOE’s national labs to advance lab-developed energy technologies and intellectual property (IP) toward commercialization. Projects will likely cover energy generation technologies from DOE’s applied energy offices:
- Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER)
- Electricity (OE)
- Energy Efficiency And Renewable Energy (EERE)
- Fossil Energy (FE)
- Nuclear Energy (NE)
TCF projects require that half of all project costs come from non-federal sources, including industry. Eligible projects are expected to fall in one of two topics:
Eligible Topic 1 projects must involve existing DOE lab-developed technology or IP that demonstrates evidence of commercial potential – with or without a private partner. Projects funded under Topic 1 have a performance period of 6-18 months. The target Topic 1 award amount is $100,000-$250,000.
Evidence of commercial potential includes analytical and experimental proof of concept demonstrated in a laboratory environment. For example, have experiments or modeling and simulation validated performance predictions? Have design techniques been identified or developed? Have scaling studies been initiated?
Eligible Topic 2 projects must involve existing lab-developed technology or IP, and the laboratory must have a non-Federal partner with a defined commercial application for the technology. Projects funded under Topic 2 have a performance period of 12-36 months. The target Topic 2 award amount is $250,000-$1,500,000.
For Topics 1 and 2, cost match partner(s) must be identified in the full proposal. A CRADA or other approved partnership agreement does not have to be in place to be eligible for award. However, if funds are allocated before a CRADA or other approved agreement or is in place, work may not begin until one is executed.
For Topic 2, if a CRADA or other approved agreement is not executed within 6 months of DOE’s obligating the funds to the DOE Facility, the award may be cancelled. A project or work scope under an existing CRADA or other partnership agreement is not eligible for an award under the TCF. Contact Chief Strategic Partnerships Officer Todd Pray, firstname.lastname@example.org, for partnerships support.
Two Berkeley Lab technologies earned FY19 DOE TCF awards:
- High Throughput Cell-Free Microreactor for Optimization of Biochemical Pathways, $535,000 (PI Anup Singh with LanzaTech)
- Localization of hot spots in solids using acoustic waves for energy generation and other applications, $150,000 (PI Maxim Marchevsky with Commonwealth Fusion Systems)
Berkeley Lab has received a total of nine TCF awards since the program’s initiation in FY16.
Over $24 million was awarded to a total of 77 projects in the FY19 round. For a list of all FY19 TCF awardees, go to https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-announces-2019-technology-commercialization-fund-projects.