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Funding for Clean Energy Commercialization


Public as well as venture capital resources are commonly used to help bring an emerging technology to market. Sources include:

The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) encourages the growth of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies by offering financial assistance opportunities for their development and demonstration. 

A program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

A program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development (R&D) arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small businesses and nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to bridge the gap between performance of basic science and commercialization of resulting innovations. Program contacts can be found here.

Minnesota Angel Network (MNAN) is a unique educational program for entrepreneurial companies seeking to raise investment capital and accelerate commercialization. It educates, connects and catalyzes entrepreneurship throughout Minnesota. 

The Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources offers a list of state and federal energy-related funding opportunities compiled from a variety of sources.