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Grants to Massachusetts Companies and Researchers Affiliated with Qualified Institutions for Renewable Energy Projects

Catalyst Program and Diversity in Cleantech – Early-Stage Program (DICES)


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
169484

Funding Source
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
MassVentures
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/28/23
Deadline: 10/27/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $75,000 to Massachusetts companies and researchers affiliated with qualified nonprofit research institutions for projects related to renewable energy. Funding is intended for projects with potential for climate impact, emissions reduction, and commercialization. The goal of the Program is to stimulate the commercialization of “Clean Energy Technologies”.

This Request for Proposal (this “RFP”) is being issued by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center (“MassCEC”) in order to seek applicants to MassCEC’s Catalyst Program (“Catalyst”) as well as MassCEC’s Diversity in Cleantech – Early Stage (“DICES” and together with Catalyst, the “Programs”) to stimulate the commercialization of early-stage clean energy technologies developed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (the “Commonwealth”). The Programs are jointly administered by MassCEC and MassVentures. 

Award funding shall be used to demonstrate the feasibility of technologies in specific industry applications to obtain increased industry and investor interest. Particular emphasis will be placed on selecting technologies that can be a foundation for new companies and technologies that can support market entry and/or improve the competitiveness of existing Massachusetts companies.

While Catalyst or DICES funding may be used to support prototype development of any technology or proposed business model that meets MassCEC’s definition of “Clean Energy Technologies” (as defined in Section VI below), particular emphasis will be placed on identifying projects in one or more the following four (4) areas:

  • High-performance buildings - Impactful, resilient, and cost-effective electrification technologies and approaches to decarbonizing the building sector 
  • Clean transportation - Technologies that address the market barriers to electric vehicle deployment across weight classes, as well as technologies that reduce GHG emissions through vehicle-mile travelled reduction and reduction of fuel usage in vehicles that have no electrification solution at present
  • Offshore wind - Project risk and cost reduction, market confidence enhancement and economic development that advance this new industry
  • Net zero grid - Technologies that enable a transition to an electric grid that can support the high penetration of intermittent renewable generation and electrification load needed to meet the Commonwealth’s Net Zero by 2050 goal.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a proposed project that:

  • Addresses a critical energy/climate challenge and reduces or prevents greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions related to fossil fuels;
  • Technology speaks to a significant commercial need in the energy market;
  • Technology prototyped in the project has strong commercialization potential;
  • Advances the technology’s commercial readiness;
  • Enables an emerging clean energy company to demonstrate the value of its technology to potential customers and investors; and
  • Is viable and feasible within the timeframe allowed by the Programs. 

For examples of successful proposals, see: https://www.masscec.com/sites/default/files/documents/Catalyst_DICES%20FY24%20-%20Request%20for%20Proposals.pdf#page=4



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
An eligible applicant must be one of the following:
- A Principal Investigator (“PI”) at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution;
- A Massachusetts-based early-stage clean energy company that (i) has not received in excess of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000) in combined debt or equity financing, grant funding, and revenues over the past five (5) years, and (ii) has four (4) or fewer full-time equivalent employees; or
- A student (or group of students) led by a faculty member or researcher who will act as the PI and will be responsible for managing the grant and reporting requirements.

Applicants may not submit Program applications for the same idea or concept more than three (3) times, unless there has been a substantial change in the technology or market which advances the case for an award. MassCEC strongly encourages an applicant who is re-applying to either Program to highlight how the applicant has taken prior MassCEC and/or judge feedback into account in such applicant’s new proposals.

For additional eligibility information for researchers and early-stage companies, see: https://www.masscec.com/sites/default/files/documents/Catalyst_DICES%20FY24%20-%20Request%20for%20Proposals.pdf#page=5.

Ineligible
Please note that funds may not be used for the following:
- Basic or fundamental research;
- Publicity expenses (e.g., the development of marketing materials);
- Legal and other expenses of business formation and operation;
- Attendance at scientific conferences; and
- Purchase of computer or other unrelated equipment.

Pre-Application Information
Schedule for Awards
- September 13, 2023 Application Period Opens
- October 6, 2023 Deadline to submit questions
- October 11, 2023 MassCEC to post responses to questions
- October 27, 2023 Applications Due by 11:59PM
- December 4, 2023 Applicants Notified of Finalist Status
- Week of January 8, 2024 Finalists’ Presentations
- February 2024 Finalists Notified of Award Status

This RFP invites participation in a two-part application process:
1. Applicants must first apply through the online application portal that consists of a completed proposal (the “Proposal”) that meets the criteria outlined below.
2. In the event the Proposal is selected, the applicant will be invited to pitch their proposal to a panel of Program judges.

Watch the recorded webinar from September 2023: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70-7y8P5tco

Number of Grants
Maximum of ten

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum size of a grant is $75,000.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://massventures-catalyst.secure-platform.com/a

Submit questions to: companycatalyst@masscec.com.

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: 617-315-9300 | Fax: 617-315-9356
info@masscec.com

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