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​Department of Energy Announces 2019 Technology Commercialization Fund Projects
June 25, 2019
Public-Private Collaboration Stimulates Innovation to Bolster U.S. Competitiveness, Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced over $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). With matching funds from the private sector, these projects will advance the commercialization of promising energy technologies and strengthen partnerships between DOE's National Laboratories and private sector companies to deploy these technologies to the marketplace.

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October 15, 2018
The Fiscal Year 2019 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) funding opportunity announcement has been released. TCF leverages research and development funding in the applied energy programs to mature promising energy technologies with high-impact potential. TCF works to expand the commercial impact of the U.S. Department of Energy's portfolio of research, development, demonstration and deployment activities.

All TCF projects require a minimum 1:1 cost share of nonfederal funds to match the federal investment. Industry partner(s) may provide funds-in or in-kind contributions to meet the cost share requirement. 

DOE's Office of Technology Transfer anticipates that available funding will break down across the participating program offices as follows:

​Participating DOE Program Office
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Nuclear energy (NE)
Fossile Energy (FE)
Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE)
cybersecurity, energy Security, and Emergenty Response (CESER)
Total TCF

Estimated FY-19 Funding Range
$14.5M to $15.5M
$6M to $6.7M
$4.2M to $4.5M
$0.7M to $0.8M
$0.7M to $0.8M
26.1M to $28.3M

 Technology Commercialization Fund Solicitation


September 27, 2018
A $20+ million funding opportunity that leverages the R&D funding in the applied energy programs to mature promising energy technologies with the potential for high impact for commercialization with a private industry partner.  These funds are matched with funds from private partners to promote promising energy technologies for commercial purposes.  

The goal of the TCF is two-fold. First, it is designed to increase the number of energy technologies developed at DOE's national labs that graduate to commercial development and achieve commercial impact (Topic 1 Proposals). Second, the TCF will enhance the Department's technology transitions system with a forward-looking and competitive approach to lab-industry partnerships (Topic 2 Proposals).  Industry can participate in either Topic 1 or Topic 2 proposals:
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​Topic 1- Technology Maturation: Eligible projects for Topic 1 must involve currently existing laboratory technology or intellectual property that has reached a TRL of 3, and demonstrates evidence of commercial potential. TRL 3 is evidenced by a technology having demonstrated analytical and experimental proof of concept in a laboratory environment. For example, have experiments or modeling and simulation validated performance prediction of technology capability? Have design techniques been identified or developed? Have scaling studies been initiated?  The target funding for Topic 1 is $100K-$150K. The target period of performance for a Topic 1 award is 6-12 months.  Gain members can participate in Topic 1 proposals at any level of matching funding or in-kind contributions.

Topic 2- Cooperative Development: Eligible projects for Topic 2 must involve currently existing laboratory technology or intellectual property, and the laboratory must have a non-Federal partner [GAIN member] with a commercial application defined for the technology. The partner(s) must be identified in the application for funding. A formal partnership agreement does not have to be in place to be eligible for award, however. If funds are allocated before a CRADA is in place, work may not begin until it is executed. If no agreement between the laboratory and partner is executed within 6 months of the award, the Department may cancel the award. A project or work scope being executed under an existing CRADA or other partnership agreement is not eligible for an award under the TCF.  The target funding for Topic 2 is $250K-$750K. GAIN Members must provide an equal funding and / or in-kind contribution.  The target period of performance for Topic 2 is 12-24 months.

​How to Participate:  To participate in TCF, GAIN members must first identify an existing laboratory technology they are interested in commercializing (e.g. a lab owned copyright or pending/granted patent).  Generally, the easiest way to find available technologies is to contact the technology transfer offices of each DOE Laboratory and talking with the appropriate commercialization manager. GAIN members can also look through available technologies on the lab websites, Lab Partnering Services to find potential technologies, however, keep in mind that many newly developed technologies that are eligible for TCF may not be posted because the patents applications have not yet published.  Below is a helpful list of contacts and websites to visit:

​Key Dates:  The call for TCF generally comes out annually in October or November, but has been as late as December.  However, to be prepared for TCF, GAIN members are highly encouraged to reach out several months in advance of the call.  This allows time for your company to explore technologies available for licensing and properly plan for the call.   The call generally only provides a month to prepare a proposal, so it is critical to have already identified a technology prior to the call.

Key Contacts:
General Questions for
GAIN Members about
Fund (TCF)
Argonne National Lab (ANL)
Hemant Bhimnathwala
Business Development Manager
​Brookhaven National Lab (BNL)
Poonima Upadhya
Manager – Technology Commercialization
Idaho National Lab (INL)
Arthur L Baker
Senior Commercialization Manager
Lawrence Berkley National Lab (LBNL)
Russell Carrington
Technology Commercialization Associate
​Lawrence Livermore National Lab (LLNL)
Annemarie Meike
Business Development Executive

Los Alamos National Lab (LANL)
Ross Muenchausen
Business Development
​Oak Ridge National Lab ORNL)
Eugene R. Cochran
Senior Commercialization Manager
Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL)
Sara Hunt
Commercialization Manager


​Sandia National Lab (SNL)
Robert Westervelt
Licensing Executive

Savannah River National Lab (SRNL)
Matthew Biasiny

Partnerships and Commercialization

Helpful Links:
Technology Commercialization Fund Solicitation
Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF)

Technology Commercialization Fund FY18 Solicitation Webinar Slides
TCF Resources
U.S. Department of Energy Lab Partnering Service - National Lab Tachnologies