Grant Funding Opportunities

The Center of Excellence in Sustainable Manufacturing is interested in working together on proposals to pursue funding for collaborative projects. We have some opportunities listed below. If you are interested in discussing these or other funding opportunities, please Contact Us.

Opportunity Summary
2015 Rochester Venture ChallengeThe goal of the 2015 Rochester Venture Challenge is to encourage entrepreneurship among all who enter while recognizing and rewarding the most promising new ventures and start-up companies. Companies interested in entering should have a scalable business concept with high growth potential. Companies must be early-stage, as defined at the time of application by having less than $250,000 of outside cash investment and less than $500,000 in cumulative revenue (excluding research grants). Companies compete by submitting an executive summary and giving an investor presentation.
The Rochester Venture Challenge is open to for-profit companies headquartered in the nine-county Finger Lakes Region: Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming, and Yates counties. Students currently enrolled in a college or university within the region are also eligible to enter.
The first place winner receives a $25,000 cash prize plus marketing and business incubation services. Second and third-place winners receive smaller amounts of cash and services. The runners-up receive marketing and business services. The added value of the Challenge is the help early stage companies receive as they prepare and refine their executive summaries and investor pitches. Participating company leaders will gain valuable insights via workshops led by area business leaders and entrepreneurs with start-up experience and accomplishment as they offer participants first-hand feedback and individual help.
Workshops will be held 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the High Tech Rochester offices in Henrietta on January 28 and February 4, 11 and 18. The winners will be announced on April 17, 2015 at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship Luncheon. Registration opens on January 2, 2015 and continues through January 23, 2015.
DOE SBIR and STTR ProgramThe U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a solicitation for two distinct funding opportunities for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015: the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
The objectives of the SBIR/STTR programs include increasing private sector commercialization of technology developed through DOE-supported research and development (R&D), stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, and improving the return on investment from Federally-funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. DOE will support high-quality research or R&D on advanced concepts concerning important mission-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that are likely to lead to significant public benefit from promising research.
Other than different eligibility requirements, the major difference between the SBIR and STTR programs is that STTR grants must involve substantial cooperative research collaboration between the small business and a single Research Institution. However, the SBIR program also permits substantial collaboration between the small business and other organizations, including Research Institutions. The difference is that in SBIR, the collaboration is optional, while in STTR, the collaboration is required and must be cooperative in nature.
An important goal of these programs is the commercialization of DOE-supported research or R&D. SBIR/STTR program eligibility requirements are in place to ensure that the funds go only to small, independent U.S. businesses. The regulations include restrictions about (1) the type of firm, (2) its ownership structure, and (3) the firm’s size in terms of the number of employees.
A Letter of Intent (LOI) is required and must be received no later than December 15, 2014, 5 PM Eastern Time. Applications must be received by February 3, 2015, 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Submissions are via the system.
If you are interested in working with researchers at the COE-SM on a DOE SBIR or STTR project, please contact us as soon as possible to ensure a project scope can be developed and all documents and approvals can be attained prior to the due date.
State Trade & Export Promotion (STEP) Global NY Exports GrantThe U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Empire State Development (ESD) are offering funds through the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Global NY Exports Grant Program to qualifying small businesses. This program seeks to increase the number of small businesses that begin to export and increase the value of exports for small businesses that currently export. Approved funds under the STEP Global NY Exports initiative will assist New York State small businesses in: participation in foreign trade missions, foreign market sales trips, subscription services provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, website and/or marketing material translation services, export trade show exhibits, international trade workshops that align with the program objectives. Eligible small businesses must meet SBA size standards, be operating profitably for the past year, must have a product for export, and meet the standards and mission of the STEP Global NY Exports Program. Ineligible small businesses are those acting as intermediaries for other companies, law firms, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, retail, and companies that are recruiting foreign investment. Awards will be given to New York State based small businesses on a first come first served basis until the program funds are expended. Events must occur by September 29, 2015, and special consideration will be given to companies that are certified MWBE firms and to businesses that are classified among New York State’s manufacturing strategic industries including: Aerospace, Agriculture, Beverages & Processed Foods, Biotech & Life Sciences, Cleantech & Renewable Energy, Nanoelectronics and Nanotechnology, among others.
NYSERDA PON 2458 NY-BEST Bench to Prototype SolicitationSupport to transition new energy storage technologies with proven technical feasibility to a working prototype. Eligible technologies are energy storage technologies that utilize electrical or electrochemical processes and include batteries, ultracapacitors, fuel cells and related components that integrate these technologies into complete systems. The intention is to advance promising energy storage technologies with already proven technical feasibility to a working prototype. Technologies should already have passed TRL 3 or higher, and proposed work should help transition the technology toward commercialization. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of addressing market needs, the potential of the proposed solution, and benefits to New York State. The remaining due dates are Round 5: Dec 15, 2014 and Round 6: June 1, 2015.
NYSERDA PON 2606 Advanced Buildings ProgramSupport for development and demonstration activities that advance the energy performance of both new and existing buildings in the residential, multi-family or commercial sector. Technology areas of interest include, but are not limited to: construction materials, strategies and practices; HVAC and lighting technologies, automation technologies enabling load flexibility and smarter background operations; and building integrated renewable energy systems. Energy improvements in buildings can also result from activities that do not involve development of new products or construction methods; improvements can result from new policies, regulations or assessments. NYSERDA also seeks proposals for activities to remove inadvertent barriers that hinder the wider use of promising technologies. Added consideration will be given to technologies and opportunities that in addition to improving the energy and environmental performance, increase building resiliency, recovery, and adaptability to disruptions in the electric grid. The solicitation seeks proposals for: applied research (proof of concept, studies); development activities; and pilot demonstrations. The remaining due dates are Round 5: December 03, 2014 and Round 6: June 04, 2015.
NYSERDA PON 2927 Transformative Technologies for Energy-Efficient Manufacturing (TTEEM)Support for feasibility studies, demonstrations or commercialization of transformative technologies being developed in NYS to be used to provide a significant energy/greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit for a manufacturing process; or feasibility studies or demonstrations of transformative technologies that provide a significant energy/GHG benefit to a manufacturing process in NYS. The intent is to defray the risk associated with developing or being a first-time user of a transformative manufacturing technology. Innovations in the manufacturing process of clean-energy technologies are preferred. The remaining due date is Round 2: January 15, 2015.
NYSERDA PON 2942 Advanced Clean Power TechnologiesSupport to develop and demonstrate innovative renewable and other advanced clean power technologies, develop and demonstrate technologies that improve performance, or address and overcome specific barriers thwarting increased adoption of Eligible Technologies (see PON for detailed descriptions of Project Categories and Eligible Technologies). Due dates are Round 1: Nov. 5, 2014 and Round 2: May 5, 2015.
NYSERDA PON 2689 Emerging Technologies and Accelerated Commercialization for the Commercial/Institutional SectorFocused Demonstrations and Energy Performance Validation. Accelerate the adoption of commercially available yet under-used energy-saving and load-reduction technologies or approaches in commercial, institutional, and non-process-related industrial settings. Ongoing through Dec 31, 2016 or until funds are exhausted.
NYSERDA PON 2456 Industrial and Process Efficiency ProgramOffers performance-based incentives to manufacturers and data centers that implement cost-effective electric and natural gas efficiency and process improvements. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2015, or until funds are exhausted.