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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 03/27/2024 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; K - Advisory Services and Counseling; L - Dissemination of Technical Information
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 111-5 “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009”; Public Law 110–140 “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007”; Public Law 109–58 “Energy Policy Act of 2005”; Public Law 102-486 “Energy Policy Act of 1992”; Public Law 95-91 “Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977”; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Section 14, Public Law 93-577, 88 Stat. 1894, 42 U.S.C 5913, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101
Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Section 14, Public Law 577-93, 42 U.S.C. 5913, Statute 88,1894
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. All DOE EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements are found at
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 EERE Exchange website ( and 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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Uniqueness, technical feasibility, marketability, energy relationship (including energy savings).
How may assistance be used?
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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: 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.
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.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 2 Chapter IX Part 910 Subpart 130 Public Law Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Section 988)

Matching is mandatory.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Award project periods range from 1 to 3 years. Funds awarded are subject to Congressional Appropriation.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
James Cash
15013 Denver West Parkway
Golden, CO 80401 US
Phone: 240-562-1456
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; - This program has not been regularly funded since 2012, and it is unlikely that it will receive significant 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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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