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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0002425: Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC)

UPDATE 5/19/2021

SUBJECT:            Announcement of Selections for Award

The anticipated date for announcement of selections for Awards for this Funding Opportunity Announcement has been changed to the first week of June.

NOTE: The Open Period for submitting Letters of Intent for this FOA ended at 5 PM ET on Friday 12-11-2020.

Letters of Intent can no longer be submitted.

Applicants who submitted a Letter of Intent prior to 5pm ET on 12-11-2020 are eligible to complete and submit a full application for this Funding Opportunity.

To access your previously submitted LOI log into Exchange and click on the "My Submissions" link on the left hand menu of the Exchange Landing Page. Once you have done that you will be taken to the submissions page and can edit and submit the full application.

An Informational Webinar was held for Applicants to this FOA on November 18, 2020 at 1pm ET. 

A recording of the November 18th Webinar is available at:

EPIC FOA Webinar Recording

Innovation clusters enhance national energy entrepreneurship and commercialization. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to fund the most creative, comprehensive, and impactful innovation-accelerating organizations that support energy and related hardware technology development and testing in regional innovation clusters—geographic concentrations of specialized skills, industries, and technology sectors. Innovation-accelerating, entrepreneurially-focused organizations (often referred to as accelerators or incubators) are critical to the growth of an innovation economy; these organizations help entrepreneurs accelerate the launch, growth, and scale of their businesses, ultimately resulting in the commercialization of new technologies and business models, and development of jobs in the United States.

Through this FOA, the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) seeks to support the formation and development of regional clusters supporting entrepreneurs and startups by funding innovation-accelerating organizations that demonstrate the ability to advance energy and related technologies in collaboration with and with the support of state, regional, and/or local entities. To accomplish these goals, the EPIC FOA anticipates funding four to eight innovation-accelerating organizations across the United States.

OTT welcomes as applicants organizations that aid in the development of new business ventures, business incubators and accelerators, co-working startup communities, or any other organizations and multi-organizational applicants that self-identify as advocates for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Through this competitive funding opportunity to support the formation and development of energy innovation clusters, the Office of Technology Transitions seeks to fund incubators and accelerators that demonstrate the ability to advance technology in collaboration with and with the support of state, regional, and/or local entities. To accomplish these goals, the Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) anticipates funding approximately four to eight innovation-accelerating organizations across the United States.

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  • EPIC FOA DE-FOA-0002425 Amendment 000003 (Last Updated: 1/14/2021 10:30 AM ET)
  • EPIC FOA Q&A 1-21-21 (Last Updated: 1/21/2021 09:46 PM ET)
  • EPIC FOA Webinar PowerPoint Presentation (Last Updated: 11/20/2020 02:59 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

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Letter of Intent

  • EPIC FOA LOI and Application Information (Last Updated: 12/7/2020 05:07 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF 424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 12/15/2020 03:00 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2020 02:09 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Form (Last Updated: 1/7/2021 12:44 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Form (Last Updated: 12/15/2020 04:14 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2020 02:10 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 12/11/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/3/2021 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 3/8/2021 9:00 AM ET – 3/8/2021 5:00 PM ET