Part of the American-Made Challenges series and sponsored by DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this prize aims to create an inclusive and just innovation ecosystem in climate and energy technologies. Funds will support underrepresented groups and organizations with ongoing or proposed incubation, acceleration, and other community-based innovation services and boost first-time applicants, including people and organizations from underrepresented communities, underserved and frontline communities, and those from other non-traditional backgrounds.
The primary goal of this prize is to fund organizations to hire one (or more) full-time-equivalent employee(s) to carry out activities that may include leading engagement efforts and building relationships with underserved and underrepresented communities in specific regions of the United States, and support applicants to apply for DOE and other federal funding opportunities.
The prize is designed to:
- Advance equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunities, a responsibility of the entire U.S. government, including DOE
- Identify and incentivize activities that help traditionally underrepresented groups apply for and receive DOE funding.
Prize winners and organizations that incubate and support startups and founders may receive additional grants through future prize phases or other funding opportunities.
For more information on the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, please review the official application instructions (coming soon).
Please review the official rules for the application process and instructions for competing.If you want to subscribe to updates on the prize or have any questions, you may use the contact feature on the HeroX platform, or message us directly.We are also looking for ideas on how to best structure this contest to attract ground-breaking solutions that will support the marine energy and desalination industries. If you are not interested in competing but want to help develop and judge the prize
Up to $2.5 million in cash prizes!
The Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize will award prizes of $200,000 to $250,000 to up to 10 organizations for a total prize pool of up to $2.5 million.