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Realizing Accelerated Manufacturing and Production for Clean Energy Technologies (RAMP) 2020

Grants to California Individuals and For-Profit Commercial Entities
to Support Small-Quantity Production of New Technology

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California Energy Commission (CEC)

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11/20/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to California individuals and for-profit commercial entities to support small-quantity production of new technology. Eligible project categories include artificial intelligence, machine learning, advanced sensing, zero- and negative carbon emissions generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, and advanced power electronics/power conditioning. This solicitation is part of the California Energy Commission’s ongoing strategy to foster and support clean energy entrepreneurship across the state.

The purpose of this solicitation is to provide financial assistance to help clean energy entrepreneurs successfully advance their emerging best-of-class innovative technology to the Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) stage. LRIP is the first step in making the transition from highly customized hand-built prototypes, which are used for performance testing and vetting the production process, to the final mass-produced end product produced in the Full-Rate Production phase.

This solicitation will provide funding to help clean energy start-up companies reach a Manufacturing Readiness Level (MRL) 8. Funds from this solicitation are for activities and equipment that directly support production scale-up of the technology from one-off prototypes to the LRIP stage. This includes but is not limited to subcontractor expenses and purchasing equipment.

For eligible technology topics or energy applications, see pp. 4-5 of the GFO in Supporting Documents below. 

Project Requirements:

  1. Market Facilitation Stage: Projects must fall within the “market facilitation” stage, which includes activities such as program tracking, market research, education and outreach, regulatory assistance and streamlining, and workforce development to support clean energy technology and strategy deployment.
  2. Ratepayer Benefits, Technological Advancements, and Breakthroughs: California Public Resources Code Section 25711.5(a) requires EPIC-funded projects to: a) Benefit electricity ratepayers; and b) Lead to technological advancement and breakthroughs to overcome the barriers that prevent the achievement of the state’s statutory energy goals.
  3. Knowledge Transfer Expenditures: To maximize the impact of EPIC projects and to promote the further development and deployment of EPIC-funded technologies, a minimum of 5 percent of CEC funds requested should go towards knowledge transfer activities.

For more information on project requirements, see p. 23 of the GFO in Supporting Documents below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 191446

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The minimum funding amount for each project is $1,000,000. The maximum funding amount is $3,000,000.

Term of Contract:

- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: April 2021
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: March 31, 2024

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This solicitation requires the prime applicant to be a for-profit commercial entity or individual with the rights to commercialize the intellectual property being advanced under the proposed project.

The following entities are not eligible to be prime applicants for projects under this solicitation:
- Local publicly owned electric utilities
- Public and private universities
- National Labs
- Utilities
- Private non-profit research organizations, and
- End-use customers of the proposed technology.

This solicitation is open to all entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities 14 and entities identified above. In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

Companies with established production lines for their proposed emerging technology are not eligible for this solicitation. Awarded funds cannot be used for actual production of the technology except to validate the production process.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Workshop - GFO-20-302 - Realizing Accelerated Manufacturing and Production for Clean Energy Technologies (RAMP) 2020

July 30, 2020 | 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM. Remote Access Only.

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Activities Schedule:
- Solicitation Release: July 24, 2020
- Pre-Application Workshop: July 30, 2020, 1:00 p.m.
- Deadline for Written Questions: August 7, 2020 5:00p.m.
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers Week of August 31, 2020
- Deadline to Submit Applications November 20, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date Week of November 16, 2020
- Anticipated Energy Commission Business Meeting Date: March 2021
- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: April 2021
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: March 31, 2024

The preferred method of delivery for this solicitation is the Energy Commission Grant Solicitation System. Due to COVID-19, application hard copies will only be accepted via U.S. Mail, Federal Express (FedEx), or United Parcel Service (UPS). In order to be consistent with orders and recommendations from state and local officials to encourage physical distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, in-person delivery of applications will not be allowed. Applications submitted in hard copy must be delivered prior to the date and time specified in this solicitation.

Applicants may submit multiple applications, though each application must address only one of the technology topics or energy applications.

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 50% of the requested grant funds. For more information, see pp. 19-20 of the GFO in Supporting Documents below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grants Solicitation System:

Send hard copies to:
Contracts, Grants, and Loans Office, MS-18
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, 1st Floor
Sacramento, California 95814

During the solicitation process, direct questions to the Commission Agreement Officer listed below:
Crystal Presley-Willis, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
Telephone: (916) 653-6110
Fax: (916) 654-4423

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