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Apply for DOE’s FY19 Technology Commercialization Fund

The Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF), offered by DOE’s Office of Technology Transitions, supports promising commercial technologies as they develop along the lab-to-market path. Proposal Eligibility Declarations for the FY19 TCF are due Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. PST. View details and eligibility requirements. Up to $28.3 million is available for FY19 funding. Three Berkeley Lab proposals were funded in FY18.

Applications Open for Cyclotron Road Fellowships

Electronics, clean energy, or advanced manufacturing researchers can get help in turning ideas into reality. Cyclotron Road is offering two years of funding, unencumbered access to world-class research facilities at the Lab and UC Berkeley, intensive mentorship, education, and networking. The deadline for fellowship applications is Oct. 31.

Pitch a Big Idea to NSF for Chance to Win Money and Shape Future Funding Focus

The National Science Foundation is looking for some Big Ideas for research. There’s $26,000 in it for winning pitches, but that’s not the real prize. Winning ideas will help shape how the agency awards its research funds in the coming decade (about $340 million for FY19 alone). The deadline for submissions to the “NSF 2026 Idea Machine” competition is Oct. 26.

Call for SkyDeck Applications; $100,000 in Startup Funding Available

Berkeley SkyDeck is now accepting applications for its Fall 2018 cohort. Accepted startups are eligible for funding up to $100,000, provided by the Berkeley SkyDeck Fund and the University of California. To be eligible, a startup team member must have a UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, or Berkeley Lab affiliation. The application deadline is March 30. More>

Berkeley Cleantech University Prize Accepting Applications

The Berkeley Cleantech University Prize — a clean energy startup competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and hosted by the Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute and the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative — is accepting online applications until Feb. 26. Teams will be selected by March 2 to present their ideas at a pitch competition in April.

Feb. 9 Water-Energy LDRD Strategic Initiative Webinar

Researchers interested in submitting proposals for the Water-Energy LDRD Strategic Initiative are invited to join a webinar on Friday, Feb. 9, from noon to 1 p.m. Join the webinar via Zoom. Go here for more on the initiative, including areas of interest.

CalSEED Offers Opportunities to Commercialize Clean Energy Technologies

Do you have an innovative clean energy idea to commercialize? In partnership with Berkeley Lab, the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program supports innovators working to bring clean energy ideas to market. CalSEED provides grants and access to incubator resources. Applications are accepted between Feb. 15 and 28.

Join Jan. 25 ‘Open Discussion’ on Submitting 2018 ARPA-E Proposals

The Lab is hosting an online “open discussion” on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. to answer questions about the 2018 ARPA-E funding opportunity. ARPA-E provides financial support to early-stage R&D teams for the building of transformational energy technologies. Join the discussion online via Zoom to learn more.

Application Period Open for UC Agriculture Fellowship

This fellowship, funded by the UC Global Food Initiative, offers University of California graduate students the opportunity to plan, engage, and implement international projects in developing countries that address global challenges in agriculture and food systems. The application period closes Wednesday, Feb. 28. More>

Spring Training for DOE’s Energy I-Corps Gears Up

Applications are due Jan. 24 for the spring cohort of DOE’s Energy I-Corps, an immersive training experience to help national lab research teams transition energy-related technologies into products that benefit society and the national economy. Visit IPO’s resources page for details, and join an informational webinar on Jan. 10 at noon. Interested in applying? Contact Russell Carrington.