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SunShot Incubator Program

Open Date: 01/16/2013

Close Date: 04/30/2013

Funding Organization: Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Funding Number: DE-FOA-0000838


The DOE SunShot Initiative aims to reduce the installed costs of solar energy systems by 75% by the end of the decade, achieving grid parity for subsidy-free solar energy. SunShot drives American innovation through advanced research and development, strengthening domestic manufacturing and cutting-edge technology. If successful, the SunShot Initiative will ensure solar energy is a viable and economic source for the nation's power needs and will significantly contribute to U.S. prosperity in the 21st century. The SunShot Incubator Program facilitates American small business? transitions from a proof of concept or business plan to domestic commercialization or deployment. The emphasis on proposed activities should be focused on addressing barriers to scale-up, commercialization, and deployment by 2015. This funding opportunity seeks to create independent businesses which can fully support themselves and continue to grow after the end of the award period. This opportunity is not for creating a product, organization, service, or other entity or item which requires continued government support. Areas of programmatic interest include but are not limited to:

  1. photovoltaics,
  2. balance of systems,
  3. power electronics,
  4. concentrating solar power,
  5. tools to address non-hardware costs of solar energy,
  6. plug-and-play wiring and installation technologies,
  7. energy storage, and
  8. other proposals that bring novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate SunShot goals in any area of solar energy deployment to market.

Additional Information:

Prime recipients must be a startup business incorporated in the United States and must incur at least 60% of expenditures under the project, as measured by the Total Project Cost. For the purposes of eligibility to apply to this FOA, the term "startup business" is defined as an entity with less than 500 employees not including the employees of any parent companies, subsidiaries or other affiliated companies. Only independently incorporated startup businesses are eligible to apply for funding as standalong applicants. Project teams must be led by independently incorporated startup businesses.

Last updated: 04/15/2013

Funding amounts and schedules are subject to change.