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External Funding Opportunities
First Look West (FLoW) Clean Energy Competition for University Students $150,000 in prize money, pitch time with Silicon Valley VC’s, mentoring from cleantech experts, legal support for starting companies, the Transformational Idea Award for pre-commercial research, and participation in the DOE’s National Competition in Washington, DC. Teams at all stages are welcome, from fresh ideas to ready to commercialize. Sign on early to receive expert mentorship to build a successful venture and create a winning application. Letters of intent due in February and submissions due March 3, 2014.
U.S. Dept. of Energy's new SBIR/STTR Grant Areas
(Letter of Intent Deadline: Dec. 16)
The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) has announced new topics under its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) program that will help small businesses develop innovative ideas. EERE’s areas of interest range from energy-saving buildings and manufacturing to sustainable transportation and renewable electricity generation. The new EERE topics include:
- Integrating Energy Efficient Solid-state Lighting with Advanced Sensors and Controls
- Prototype Fuel Cell-Battery Electric Hybrid Truck for Waste Transportation
- Software Tools for Photovoltaic Soft Cost Reductions and Grid Integration
- U.S. Offshore Wind Personnel and Equipment Transfer Systems
- Novel Membranes and Non-Platinum Group Metal Catalysts for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells.
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
Meet Our New Outreach & Engagement Mgr.12/03/2013
Gwenyth Barrow hired to help the regional cleantech community engage with Oregon BEST. More.
Meet our Four New Board Members11/26/2013
Oregon BEST adds Board members from industry, academia, and a national lab to leadership team. More.
Window Insert Maker Gets a Boost11/13/2013
Portland startup Indow Windows is getting a sales boost from paleo dieters who like to sleep in the dark. Read the Businessweek article.
Low-Energy Desalination System Advances10/31/2013
Oregon BEST grant helps startup team with OSU to advance desalination technology that could stem global water shortages. More.
Cutting Data Room Cooling Costs by 70%09/26/2013
An Oregon BEST Commercialization Grant helps Oregon co. partner with City of Gresham, OSU, PDC to test new cooling system. More.