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DE-FOA-0001271: Modification 0001 - CleanTech University Prize (Cleantech UP)

The purpose of this action is to notify potential applicants that a modification to this FOA has been issued. Please see the modified FOA document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

The Second Informational Webinar was held on Tuesday March 17th, 2015. A PDF of the slides presented are in the FOA Documents section and a recording of the webinar is available at this link:

A First Informational Webinar was held on February 17th for potential applicants. A PDF of the slides presented are in the FOA Documents section and a recording of the Webinar is available at this link:

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued, on behalf of the Technology-to-Market Team in the Office of Strategic Programs, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) number DE-FOA-0001271 entitled "Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP)." The full text of the FOA is in the "FOA Documents" section below.

The mission of EERE’s Technology-to-Market Team is to aid EERE technology offices and American energy innovation stakeholders in addressing the technological and financial barriers to bring new intellectual property to market. To advance this mission, the Technology-to-Market sub-program supports a variety of commercialization and entrepreneurship activities in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations around the country. Existing activities include the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (NCEBPC), National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy, Lab-Corps, and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR); past activities include the Innovation Ecosystem Development Initiative, i6 Green Challenge, Technology Commercialization Fund, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and other initiatives.

This FOA supports the creation of the Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) program designed to address the significant barriers to creating clean energy technology start-ups, resulting from a dearth of participants entering the energy entrepreneurship pipeline. For the United States to accelerate the rate of clean energy innovation and remain competitive, a strong national infrastructure that spurs and supports high-tech entrepreneurship is critical.

Traditionally, the nation’s institutions of higher education — where there is a strong ecosystem for entrepreneurs and start-ups — have fostered the high-tech innovation pipeline. EERE has had success in supporting initiatives to spur student entrepreneurship. Cleantech UP builds on its precursor, the DOE NCEBPC, which leveraged growing interest in energy entrepreneurship to expand student engagement in clean energy technologies.

The Cleantech UP program seeks to catalyze clean energy start-up formation on college campuses, support novel training and educational opportunities that equip the next generation of energy entrepreneurs and innovators across the country, establish a national-level training program and competition for America’s top clean energy student entrepreneurs, and create a sustained and diverse community to support student entrepreneurs.

It is anticipated that up to $2.5 million in DOE funds will be awarded under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriations. The FOA includes two general Areas of Interest:

Area of Interest 1: Cleantech UP Hub

The Hub will be responsible for engaging the nation’s student entrepreneurs, developing an innovative training program, institutionalizing coordination within the student cleantech entrepreneurship community and the Collegiate Competitions, and executing the nation’s premier event for student cleantech entrepreneurs at the National Competition, including awarding a National Prize in coordination with DOE. The Hub will create and implement programs to address gaps in clean energy entrepreneurship training that occur early in the education pipeline. The Hub will also provide capacity building activities related to the Cleantech UP network and the general clean energy entrepreneurship ecosytem.

Area of Interest 2: Cleantech UP Collegiate Competitions

The Collegiate Competitions recruit teams from their universities and regions — and potentially nationally. They prepare teams as they form and provide the early catalyst for company formation. Collegiate Competitions execute annual contests and each awards a prize for the winning cleantech company. The winners are eligible to compete in the National Competition.

Applications will only be accepted through the EERE eXCHANGE website. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guidefor EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website at after logging in to the system. Questions and answers related to the content of the FOA can be found in the "FOA FAQs" file in the "FOA Documents" section below


  • Modification 0001 - Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) FOA (Last Updated: 2/23/2015 12:11 PM ET)
  • 1st Informational Webinar slides (Last Updated: 2/19/2015 03:29 PM ET)
  • cleantech_up_foa_second_informational_webinar_3-17-2015 (Last Updated: 3/18/2015 01:57 PM ET)
  • FOA Q&A's (Last Updated: 4/7/2015 06:07 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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  • EERE 159 Budget Justification (Last Updated: 2/10/2015 12:42 PM ET)
  • SF LLL- Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 2/10/2015 12:43 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 2/10/2015 12:44 PM ET)
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  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/4/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/16/2015 5:00 PM ET
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