The MassCEC Catalyst Program, which is funded by MassCEC and managed by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC), awards early-stage researchers grant awards up to $40,000 to help demonstrate the commercial viability of their clean energy technology.
Recipients must use funding for projects that move their technologies towards commercialization. This includes gathering data to demonstrate proof of concept, how the technology compares to existing technologies and competitive advantages of the technology or to develop a prototype for the technology. The goal of the MassCEC Catalyst Program is to help technologies progress along the development curve to a point where additional commercialization funding can be obtained.
Also, under the Catalyst Water Challenge, MassCEC will provide funding and technical support for projects that deploy water innovation technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies.
Eligible applicants must be either a: Principal Investigator (“PI”) at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution; or Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy company with no more than $1,000,000 in combined financing, grant funding, and revenues have four or fewer full-time equivalent employees. Student groups are welcome to apply with some restrictions (outlined in our guidelines).
The solicitation period is now open. More information can be found at http://www.mttc.org/grants/. Applications are due on November 2, 2015. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.