The Core Annual Appropriations TCF is a nearly $30 million funding opportunity that leverages funding from applied energy programs to mature promising energy technologies with the potential for high impact across DOE’s Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) continuum.
DOE program offices
The TCF uses 0.9% of DOE’s applied energy research, development, demonstration, and commercial application budget funding for each fiscal year from the following DOE program offices:
- Office of Electricity
- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management
- Office of Nuclear Energy
- Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response.
DOE’s approach to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Base Annual Appropriations TCF provides applied energy programs with options for deciding how to obligate their funding.
These programs can develop their own proposed use of TCF funding that meets the statutory TCF requirements. These proposals can build on or expand existing or create new technology-specific commercialization programs. However, programs should coordinate these activities with the TTO. And the focus should remain on funding national laboratories to promote the commercialization of DOE-funded technologies.
Opportunities of DOE programs
DOE programs have had the opportunity to work with OTT on a joint call for laboratories from multiple program offices that combines available FCT funding to address systemic challenges, fundamental barriers, and known gaps. This is to prevent the commercialization of promising energy technologies by national laboratories.
OTT and all DOE program offices expect to learn from the FY23 approach and will continue to incorporate lessons learned into TCF approaches and laboratory solicitations in future fiscal years.
This year’s Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) Base Annual Appropriations National Laboratory Call, Core Laboratory Infrastructure for Market Readiness (CLIMR), is accepting submissions. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hopes to select national labs and their private partners, addressing one of six major topics:
- Market Needs Assessment
- Curation of IP
- Technology Specific Partnerships
- Streamlining Laboratory Processes
- Increasing External Partnerships
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