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.
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
Beneficiary Eligibility
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards 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
The Application is deemed meritorious by the review committee and the Recipient abides by all award terms and conditions, either explicitly stated or incorporated by reference.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
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 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds awarded are subject to Congressional Appropriation.
Post Assistance Requirements
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. For research and development (R&D) and demonstration and commercialization awards a quarterly Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) is required. For non-R&D awards a quarterly Progress Report is required. Every quarter, the Prime Recipient is required to submit a completed SF-425 for the project – i.e., the entirety of work performed by the Prime Recipient, Subrecipients, and contractors. For research and development (R&D) and demonstration and commercialization awards a quarterly Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) is required. For non-R&D awards a quarterly Progress Report is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audit procedures in accordance with 2 CFR 200.501 and 2 CFR 910.501 are required.
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 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $0 - This program has not been funded since 2012 and likely will not receive funding in future periods.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$500,000 to $1,000,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations: Financial Assistance Regulations 2 CFR 200 as amended by 2 CFR 910.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: Phone: 240-562-1456
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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