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Technology Commercialization Fund


Authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) is a nearly $30 million funding opportunity that leverages the R&D funding in DOE’s applied energy programs to further development of promising National Laboratory energy technologies with the potential for high impact. TCF funds are matched with funds from private partners to support the commercialization of technologies. The TCF provides an opportunity to bolster partnerships between DOE’s National Labs and private industry.

The goal of the TCF is two-fold. First, it is designed to increase the commercial impact and number of National Laboratory-developed energy technologies transitioned into commercial development. Second, the TCF enhances the outcomes of the Department’s technology transitions initiatives with a competitive and proactive approach to lab-industry partnerships.

The TCF strengthens DOE’s technology transitions efforts in three key areas:
  • National Lab Technology Maturation: DOE’s National Laboratories have consistently identified a lack of sufficient resources available to develop technologies to a stage that will attract private sector interest. In many cases, DOE or other public funding may support R&D activities up to an early technology readiness level, but it expires before the technology is matured to a point where a business will enter into a cooperative R&D agreement or license the technology.
  • Strategic CRADA Approach to Increase Commercial Impact: The TCF provides an opportunity to take a more proactive approach to applied program office support for lab-industry collaboration. Through the TCF, the applied program offices and National Laboratories can pursue a strategic, competitive approach to commercializing technologies. Potential benefits of this approach include:
    1. Creating a stronger incentive for National Laboratories to identify their most promising technologies and industry partners for commercialization,
    2. Empowering a broader set of potential industry partners to engage with the National Laboratories, and
    3. Enabling the program offices to identify technologies and industry partners with higher potential for commercial impact in support of their technology roadmaps.
  • Focused Industry Engagement to Identify High-Quality Partners: The TCF can be utilized to more fully enable National Laboratories to pursue active industry engagement and customer scouting for select, promising energy technologies. This process can better enable the National Laboratories to prepare these technologies for commercial adoption, identify the highest-quality prospective partners, and assist those industry partners in evaluating the technologies for their business models.​​

​​​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:
FY2021 Notice of Intent
FY2021 TCF Solicitation
FY2021 TCF Information and Resources
FY2021 TCF Awards
FY2020 TCF Awards​