Inventions and Innovations

To encourage the development and commercialization of energy-saving inventions by providing financial and technical assistance to projects that have a potential for significant energy savings and future commercialization markets through a competitive solicitation process.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Department of Energy
Types of Assistance
Uses and Use Restrictions
The assistance provides financial assistance for research and development of innovative, energy-saving ideas and invention. Inventions and Innovations support energy efficiency and renewable energy technology development in focus areas that align with the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs. Further Program information can be found at
Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Section 14, Public Law 577-93, 88 Stat. 1894, 42 U.S.C 5913; Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C 7101.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Individuals that are U.S. citizens, either native-born or naturalized, small businesses that are U.S. owned as defined in 10 CFR 600.501.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Individual inventors and small businesses will benefit.
This Program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Only proposals prepared in response to the requirements contained in the annual competitive solicitation will be accepted. The application forms must be downloaded from the specific funding opportunity announcement posted on the website at
Award Procedure
Imported Data is accurate.
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Unsuccessful applicants are entitled to a debriefing by DOE program officials with a clear explanation of why the proposal was not accepted for funding.
Not Applicable.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. Cost sharing is not required however cost sharing is highly encouraged.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award project periods range from 1 to 2 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds awarded are subject to Congressional Appropriation.
Post Assistance Requirements
No reports are required.
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. Audit procedures in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133. In addition, audit requirements need to comply with the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and DOE procurement procedures as well as with 10 CFR 600.
Access to process implementation and efficiency data must be available for 10 years after project completion to measure performance against expectation and to support commercialization of the technology.
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 13 $1,044,690; FY 14 est $0; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$500,000 to $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations: DOE Financial Assistance Regulations 10 CFR 600;
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
None. EERE Information Center (877) 337-3463.
Headquarters Office
James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: Phone: 720-356-1456
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Uniqueness, technical feasibility, marketability, energy relationship (including energy savings).
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