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Submission Deadline: May 10
$50,000 PSU Cleantech Challenge
Build a prototype in 90 days for a chance to win $25,000 and recognition as a cleantech innovator. PSU and Wells Fargo combine forces to launch an exciting new competition for campus cleantech innovators and entrepreneurs. Students and faculty are invited to compete for a cash prize pool of $50,000, with semi-finalists announced in late May and a grand prize winner in September. Semi-finalist teams will have the summer to work with $5,000 development grants to turn concepts into working prototypes or final products. In September, semi-finalists will show off their projects to judges from around the region, and a grand prize of $25,000 will be awarded at Oregon BEST FEST Sept. 11-12 in Portland, OR. Apply now.
Deadline: June 3rd
$800,000 for Renewable Energy Project Development Assistance Funding
Energy Trust of Oregon has issued a competitive RFP for renewable energy (non-solar) projects seeking development assistance and funding. Awards range from $40,000 to a maximum of $150,000 per project, from total available funding of $800,000.
Submission Deadline: June 30th
$250,000 Prize for Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Design Challenge
Calling manufacturers to design a product for the affordable housing market that is safe for human and environmental health and is designed for re-use, returning safely to soil or to industry forever after its use. Sponsored by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and the Make It Right Foundation, up to twenty finalists will receive two months of media exposure and promotion for their products leading up to the announcement of the winners at Greenbuild 2013.
Application Deadline: July 15
$35M CCEMC Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses
This Alberta initiative supports bold ideas from around the world that will make significant and verifiable green house gas reductions. The CCEMC is committing $35 million (Canadian) in funding for the most innovative technologies that will convert CO2 emissions into new carbon-based products and markets.
ARPA-E Funding Opportunities
This list is updated on an ongoing basis with funding opportunities from the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. Check often for updates.
U.S. Dept. of Energy Funding Opportunities
This list is updated on an ongoing basis with a range of DOE funding opportunities for renewable energy technologies. Check often for updates.
Ocean Wave Energy Trust (OWET) Funding Opportunity
OWET, funded by the Oregon Innovation Council, is accepting applications for its Commercialization Grant Program, designed to help wave energy startups move their technology closer to being ocean-ready and nurture the industry in the state. The trust has $200,000 for startups working toward commercialization. More info.
New Export Assistance Grants for Trade Shows/Missions
The U.S. Small Business Administration has awarded Business Oregon a $375,000 STEP (State Trade and Export Promotion) grant to help Oregon businesses access critical export markets. Oregon companies might be eligible to receive grants of up to $5,000 from Business Oregon. Funding can be used for trade show or trade mission participation fees, booth costs, freight costs to and from a trade show, interpreter/translator fees, etc. For more info, visit Business Oregon's website.
SBIR/STTR Assistance Funding Program for Oregon Businesses
Helps Oregon small businesses access federal funding opportunities by providing matching funds for SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) proposal preparation. If approved, Business Oregon will match the applicant's contribution (1:1) for one of three eligible expenditures: (1) a proposal writing consultant; (2) a proposal review consultant; or (3) attendance at a qualified SBIR/STTR conference. More info.
OREGON BEST IN THE NEWS
Red List Design Finalists Named05/17/2013
Brewing Electricity from Wastewater05/15/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps company test microbial fuel cell that could clean wastewater, generate electricity, and reduce water usage at Widmer Bros. Brewery. More.
Grant Funds Solar-Activated Water Treatment04/17/2013
A floating, solar-activated device that can treat stormwater wins an Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant. More.
CSD Nano: Semi-Finalist at Angel Conference04/15/2013
Grant Funds Innovative Window Coating03/28/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant funds development of new window coating that could save millions on indoor lighting costs. More.