American-Made Solar Prize

Funding Agency:
Department of Energy

The American-Made Solar Prize is a $3 million prize competition designed to accelerate and sustain American solar innovation through a series of contests and the development of a diverse and powerful support network that leverages national laboratories, energy incubators, and other resources.

The Solar Prize will address tough problems facing the solar energy industry, spurring the next wave of solar technology innovations through three progressive challenges and cash incentives.

. The $3 million in funding from the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) will be distributed through a series of three contests:

  1. Ready! Contest (up to $50,000 prize per winner): Winners will be selected after identifying an impactful idea or solution addressing a critical need in America’s solar industry.

  2. Set! Contest (up to $200,000 prize per winner): Competitors will work to substantially advance their technology solution toward a viable and promising proof of concept.

  3. Go! Contest ($500,000 prize per winner): Competitors will work to substantially advance their solution from proof of concept to a refined prototype and find a partner to perform a pilot test of the prototype.

Participants in this program can be entrepreneurial individuals, representatives of a company, university students or professors, small business owners, or researchers at a national laboratory, as long as they are based in the U.S. and have the desire to bring an impactful solution to advance U.S. solar competitiveness. Competitors must submit applications by October 5, 2018 to participate.

Agency Website

Amount Description

Funding Type

Grant
Prize

Eligibility

Faculty
Grad/Prof Students

Category

Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 5, 2018