DOE Helps Launch the Multi-Agency i6 Green Challenge for Commercialization

March 16, 2011

DOE joined with the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration and its Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship on March 10 to kickoff the $12 million i6 Green Challenge. The funding will support the six regional teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a vibrant clean economy. The i6 Green Challenge aims to promote collaboration within each region by encouraging and rewarding innovative Proof-of-Concept Centers, which accelerate technology commercialization by assisting entrepreneurs and existing companies. The proposed centers should help to solve problems that impede the technology commercialization process within a given region.

DOE will invest up to $2 million in the i6 Green Challenge to support innovations in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency, or green building technology. The partnership will also include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Letters of intent are due by May 2, and the deadline to submit a full application is May 26. See the DOE press release, the federal funding opportunity announcementPDF, and the i6 Green Challenge website.