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.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Leland Stanford Junior University, The $ 1,500,000   2016-09-222022-07-14
University Of Oklahoma $ 79,995   2016-09-222017-08-31
Fraunhofer Usa, Inc. $ 1,749,127   2010-09-282015-03-31
University Of Central Florida Board Of Trustees, The $ 1,685,210   2010-09-282015-03-31
University Of California, San Diego $ 1,392,827   2010-09-282014-09-30
Clean Energy Trust $ 1,750,000   2010-09-282014-03-31
University Of Utah, The $ 1,745,640   2010-09-282014-03-31
Adept Science And Technologies Llc $ 173,700   2006-09-062009-08-30
Ceralink Inc. $ 249,287   2006-08-092009-08-14
Biosynthetic Technologies, Llc $ 181,664   2006-08-032009-07-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

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.

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.

Aplication 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.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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.


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, 88 Stat. 1894, 42 U.S.C 5913.

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - 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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

James Cash 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, Colorado 80401 Email: Phone: 240-562-1456

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Uniqueness, technical feasibility, marketability, energy relationship (including energy savings).

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