Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Dept of Energy. Opportunities: Business and Higher Education, Prize Sharing of $10-million


Energy LogoU.S. Department of Energy

Registration is Open! Join Us for DOE's 2023 MBE Connect Summit!

Have you registered to join DOE’s first-ever MBE Connect Summit?   

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Register for DOE’s 2023 MBE DOE Connect Summit! Registration is now open for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Economic Impact and Diversity’s 2023 MBE DOE Connect Summit. This event is geared toward minority business, minority serving institutions, non-profit organizations and Community Development Financial institutions within the energy sector. We hope to connect and build meaning relationships with DOE program offices and representative from various federal agencies.  

Here’s what you need to know: 

When: (In Person) February 23, 2023, 8am – 5pm, (Virtual) February 28, 2023, 8am - 5pm  

Where: Forrestal Building, US Department of Energy - 1000 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024/ Online 

Purpose: Minority Business Enterprises and higher education institutions will learn how to interface with DOE, the Federal family, Green Banks, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to discover where the industry and billions of dollars in funding opportunities are going.  

Accessibility: Mirrored programing will be presented virtually on 2/28/23 via recorded sessions during the in-person conference.  Sessions will be translated to multiple languages.  

This summit is free, and registration is required. To register for the virtual day, please click here.


Energy LogoU.S. Department of Energy

Technology Commercialization Internship Now Accepting Applications. The Office of Technology Transitions Technology Commercialization Internship is a unique paid opportunity for undergraduate STEM and business students to explore and contribute to advances at the intersection of business and innovative clean energy technologies. Interns undergo intensive training as they join the world-class National Laboratory sys. tem, boost entrepreneurial thinking, and explore market opportunities.

This internship focuses on the business side of technology commercialization where interns will learn skills such as customer discovery, value propositions development, and market sizing. Students will be paired with cutting edge technologies at National Labs in fields spanning machine learning, artificial intelligence, data science, biofuels, and more.

Apply before Jan. 16, 2023

Request for Information: Accelerating Innovations in Emerging Technologies. The Office of Science invites interested parties to provide input relevant to developing approaches for:

  • Accelerating innovations in emerging technologies to drive scientific discovery to sustainable production of new technologies across the innovation continuum
  • Training a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce to support 21st century industries
  • Meeting the nation’s needs for abundant clean energy, a sustainable environment, and national security.

Respond by Dec. 23, 2022.


Mickey LeelandU.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Energy’s Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship
: Undergraduate and Graduate Students Who Are U.S. Citizens
Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2023

Application Link: www.energy.gov/fe/mlef
Contact: mlef@hq.doe.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program is currently accepting applications for their Summer 2023 program. This 10-week summer research fellowship is for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM majors seeking to gain experience in energy research. Participants complete a cutting edge research project at one of DOE's national laboratories or at DOE headquarters under the mentorship of our scientists and engineers. Stipend provided. Participants may be eligible to receive travel and housing assistance.


Energy Solar FlyerU.S. Department of Energy

On December 12, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released new funding for the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I program for Fiscal Year 2023. The SBIR/STTR programs are competitive funding opportunities that encourage U.S.-based small businesses to engage in high-risk, innovative research and technology development with the potential for future commercialization.

SBIR/STTR provides funding in two phases: Small businesses can receive up to $200,000 in Phase I to prove the feasibility of an idea; successful awardees can then receive up to $1.1 million in Phase II for prototype development.

Mandatory letters of intent for this funding opportunity are due Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 5 p.m. ET. Please review the FOA for more information.

In the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), funding is awarded to companies that are working to advance the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. SETO seeks solutions in the following subtopics, found under :

  • Wide-Bandgap Power Electronics 
  • Photovoltaic (PV) Recycling 
  • Solar Systems Resilient to Weather-related or Cyber Threats
  • Heliostat Components and Systems for Low-Cost, Autonomous, and High-Concentration Solar Collectors 
  • Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) Technologies for Gen3 CSP or Industrial Decarbonization 
  • Solar Hardware and Software Technologies: Affordability, Reliability, Performance, and Manufacturing 
  • Transferring Novel Solar Technologies from Research Laboratories to the Market(open to STTR applications only)

SETO, through the American-Made Network, is providing free Application Education Services. You can email the following points of contact for more details.

Learn more about this funding opportunity and view the slides from SETO’s informational webinar.  


L Prize FlyerL-Prize Deadlines Approaching

The U.S. Department of Energy L-Prize® challenges industry to bring forward new innovations to realize the full potential of advanced lighting systems for commercial buildings. The competition has three distinct phases: Concept Phase winners were announced in February 2022, the Prototype Phase opened in June 2022, and the Manufacturing and Installation Phase is expected to open in September 2023. Participation in the Concept Phase is not required to participate in the Prototype Phase.

The L-Prize Prototype Phase “Intent to Submit” deadline is January 13, 2023.

The Prototype Phase introduces two tracks, one for luminaires and the other for connected systems, and competitors are invited to submit working prototypes for evaluation. A total prize pool of $2 million for this phase will be split among up to six competitors across the two tracks. Here is everything you need to know to enter:

  • Visit the L-Prize website and register on the HeroX platform. Click on “Solve this Challenge” and accept the competitor agreement in order to access the full capabilities of the website.
  • Click on “Begin Entry” and complete the Intent to Submit form, providing a brief description of your intended luminaire or connected system. You do not need to have your complete submission package ready at this time. The complete submission package is due in May 2023; see the L-Prize Official Rules for more details.
  • If you have any questions that you think are not answered after reading the L-Prize Official Rules, and after searching the HeroX Forum Q&A, please email LPrize@nrel.gov

The public comment period for the L-Prize Manufacturing and Installation Phase requirements closes January 13, 2023. The final phase of the L-Prize will reward production and installation of real products meeting the L-Prize technical requirements. DOE will evaluate entries on technical performance and innovation in addition to U.S. manufacturing content, deployment strategy, and innovative installation models. Up to four competitors will share an award of $10 million. The public comment period to provide inputs on the Manufacturing and Installation Phase requirements closes on January 13, 2023. Complete the Comment Form on the L-Prize website and share your input.


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