DOE issues call for applications for FY19 Technology Commercialization Fund ($26M-$28M available)
Apply by Nov. 5, 2018
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) has issued an FY19 call for applications to the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). DOE expects to make available approximately $26-$28 million of funding for awards under this solicitation.
Topic 1 awards will be for technology maturation and will be up to $150,000. Topic 2 awards will be for cooperative development and will be up to $750,000. Partners can be any non-Federal entity, including private companies, state or local governments — or entities created by a state or local government — universities or non-profit organizations.
All projects require matching funds of at least 50 percent of the total project cost, which must come from non-Federally-appropriated funds. If a DOE facility is providing the matching funds, it must be a cash contribution. If a private partner is providing the matching funding, it can be a cash or in-kind contribution.
The TCF program requires that participants have previously secured relevant intellectual property, whether that be a patent, patent application or software copyright.
For full TCF details and instructions — including eligible DOE Program/Technology areas and submission templates – please review the complete Fiscal Year 2019 Solicitation document.
Argonne has fared particularly well in recent years in TCF, achieving a roughly 50 percent success rate in terms of the number of awards relative to the number of entries. For the FY18 call, Argonne ranked second among all the national labs, securing 12 of 64 awards and $4.3 million out of the $20.5 million that was awarded across the complex. The goal is for Argonne to sustain or improve upon its showing from last year.
Proposal Eligibility Declarations are mandatory. Proposal Eligibility Declarations consist of information requested via an online form and an attachment for upload. Both must be submitted here by 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Nov. 5, 2018.
Proposals must be uploaded in PROPs by 4 p.m. (Central Time) on Jan. 23, 2019. The applicant’s points of contact should receive an email acknowledging receipt of the proposal within one business day of submission. Facility Tech Transfer Offices should receive a summary of their proposals within three business days following the submission deadline. Please contact TCFsubmissions@inl.gov if a receipt is not received. Also, please feel free to reach out to Argonne’s Technology Commercialization and Partnerships Division (TCP) in case of questions (see specific contacts below).
OTT has provided an informational webinar that offers an overview of the solicitation.
TCP is available to help with proposal development and, in the case of Topic 2, identification of and engagement with commercialization partners. For assistance with a proposal, please contact David McCallum (TCP) at ext. 2-4338. For assistance with identifying and engaging with commercialization partners, please contact Hemant Bhimnathwala (TCP) at ext. 2-2354.