Projects must have disclosed their invention to one of the 6 partner institutions (Brookhaven National Lab, Cornell NYC Tech, Columbia University, CUNY, NYU, or Stony Brook). You do not need to have been issued or even applied for a patent, but the invention must be disclosed before a pre-proposal application is submitted.
The funds are not for basic research, so projects should be proposing to build a commercial prototype and/or conduct in-field testing. Technologies should be around TRL 3-4 (bench-scale prototype) in order to apply.
Technologies must have a cleantech application. Areas of interest include but are not limited to energy efficiency, renewable energy generation, carbon capture, sustainable agriculture, water efficiency, green chemistry and waste/pollution remediation.
Finally, applicants must have someone at one of the partner institutions who is eligible to serve as a PI, as the grant funds will flow to that person at one of the partner institutions. Funds will not be supplied directly to a startup, though up to 1/3 of the project budget is allowed to be subcontracted to a startup.
If you are unsure if you meet all of the eligibility requirements, don’t hesitate to reach out to PowerBridgeNY to see if your technology would be eligible.