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SunShot Incubator Program (Round 8)

Funding: Up to $12M Total

Open Date: 01/16/2013

Close Date: 04/30/2013

Funding Organization: SunShot Initiative

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000838

Summary:

The SunShot Incubator Program is an aggressive pay for performance program focused on helping solar startups rapidly refine and commercialize promising, proven technologies and ideas. The program seeks to accelerate the commercialization of solar energy products and solutions that dramatically lower the cost of solar power.

This round of the SunShot Incubator Program is for both hardware and non-hardware solutions that reduce the cost of systems that convert solar energy into electric potential.   

The SunShot Incubator program consists of five (5) tiers (divided between hardware and non-hardware) to which applications may be submitted.

Hardware:

  • Tier 0 includes awards of up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate the transition from a proof-of-concept of all critical components to an early stage functional prototype.
  • Tier 1 includes awards of up to $1,000,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate transition of early state functional prototype to manufacturing and commercially relevant prototype made in the lab.
  • Tier 2 includes awards of up to $4,000,000 with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months to develop the manufacturing processes and equipment to move from a fully developed lab prototype to pilot-scale production.

Non-Hardware:

  • Tier 1S includes awards of up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate transition of proof-of-concept or business plan to alpha capability and early customer trials.
  • Tier 2S includes awards of up to $2,000,000 with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months to transition alpha capability through beta launch and full commercialization.

For more information, see the full solicitation.

Additional Information:

Below are key dates:

  • Q&A Webinar for Applicants: February 5, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Concept Paper Questions to SunShot.Incubator@ee.doe.gov: 5 PM ET, February 25, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Letters of Intent to Apply: (OPTIONAL) 5 PM ET, February 25, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 5 PM ET, March 5, 2013
  • Expected Date of Concept Paper Notification: April 2, 2013 Q&A Webinar for Applicants: April 16, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Full Application Questions to SunShot.Incubator@ee.doe.gov: 5 PM ET, April 23, 2013
  • Submission Deadline for Full Applications: April 30, 2013

Last updated: 01/16/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.