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FY 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund Funding Opportunity Announcement and Announcement of Awards

October 22, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the selection of 12 projects as part of its Practices to Accelerate the Commercialization of Technologies (PACT) Laboratory Call. Developed by the DOE Office of Technology Transitions, (OTT), the PACT Lab Call promotes the transition of research developed at the Department’s National Laboratories toward the marketplace to promote U.S. competitiveness and national security.

With its 17 National Laboratories and other R&D facilities around the country, DOE is one of the nation’s largest supporters of scientific research. Ultimately, 12 projects will receive about $2.5 million in awards, combined with over $1 million in cost share.

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September 10, 2019
From Technology Deployment:

The Fiscal Year 2020 Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) funding opportunity announcement has been released and is available here. 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 (DOE's) portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. National laboratory-led proposals cover two topic areas:

Topic Area 1: Projects for which additional technology maturation is needed to attract a private partner.

Topic Area 2: Cooperative development projects between a lab and industry partner(s), designed to bolster the commercial application of a lab developed technology.

All TCF projects require a minimum 50% cost share of non-federal funds to match the federal investment. Industry partner(s) may provide funds-in or in-kind contributions to meet the cost share requirement. INL Royalty funds may be available to meet cost share requirement under Topic Area 1 projects.

Key Dates:
October 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. (ET) - Proposal Eligibility Declarations are due 
November 5, 2019 - OTT anticipates making eligibility notifications 
December 12, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (ET) - Full Proposals are due 
Spring 2020 - OTT anticipates making selection announcements 

Link to Pre-Recorded Information Webinar

To participate, please contact Kala Majeti, INL's Sr. Commercialization Manager for Nuclear Energy at or 208-526-4503 or one of the "KEY CONTACTS" listed at the bottom this page.
Additional information is available on the DOE Office of Technology Transitions webpage. Last year's awards are available here.

Contact Technology Deployment with questions.

Fiscal Year 2020 Solicitation


FY 2019 Technology Commercialization Fund Funding Opportunity Announcement and Announcement of Awards


​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 Technology
Commercialization Fund (TCF)

Argonne National Lab (ANL)
Hemant Bhimnathwala
Business Development Manager
​Brookhaven National Lab (BNL)
Poonima Upadhya
Manager – Technology Commercialization
Idaho National Lab (INL)
Kala Majeti
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 FY20 Solicitation Webinar Slides
TCF Resources
U.S. Department of Energy Lab Partnering Service - National Lab Tachnologies
Q&A; Fiscal Year 2020 TCF Solitation