Support for Clean Energy in Academia is intended to support clean energy and water technology efforts in Massachusetts’ academic institutions. This program seeks to promote technological innovative research and advanced development and support economic analysis on the impacts of clean energy technologies; support the commercialization of technological innovations, including infrastructure development pilot projects; ensure a trained workforce for Massachusetts’ clean energy industry and support clean energy adoption and promotion.

MassCEC may support qualified university applications by means of cost share funding, letters of support and facilitated connections throughout the clean energy and water technology industries.

  • Massachusetts based academic institutions
  • Proposals that satisfy the definition of “clean energy” are eligible for funding.  MGL c. 23J s. 1 defines this as “...advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources, including, but not limited to: energy efficiency; demand response; energy conservation and those technologies powered in whole or in part by the sun, wind, water, biomass, alcohol, wood, fuel cells any renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel...”
  • Proposals that satisfy the definition of “water technology” are eligible for funding. The Massachusetts Water Industry Roadmap defines the water technology industry  as “…companies that manufacture equipment or systems; provide engineering, design or technical expertise to develop, deploy or improve technologies; provide scientific, analysis or consulting services; or otherwise have a high potential to be involved with the development, distribution and use of cutting-edge water technologies…”
  • While applicants are encouraged to partner with other entities (universities, companies, etc.) both within and outside of the Commonwealth, MassCEC’s support is restricted to Massachusetts-based members of these partnerships.
  • Applicants may apply for cost share funds on federal or non-federal (e.g., foundations, industry consortia) funding applications. Awards are typically a fraction of the required cost share and the total project cost. For cost share support, applications may be submitted until the primary funding is contracted.
  • MassCEC strongly encourages leveraging investments from other entities.
  • Proposals for ARPA-E awards are not eligible for this funding, but are encouraged to apply to AmplifyMass for MassCEC support.
  • Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Request, a copy of the project proposal seeking support, 200 word bios and completed budget template. In the case of a cost share request, the project proposal must be the one submitted as a part of the prime award application. The required information in the Letter of Request is in this document and you can find the budget template here
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Awards are subject to availability.
  • Completed documents will be reviewed by MassCEC staff and potential peer reviewers.
  • Applicants should allow 4 to 6 weeks for the review process.
    • While we are processing your application, we are able to issue a Letter of Consideration which acknowledges receipt of your application to MassCEC. Please note that we need to receive a substantially complete application in order to generate a Letter of Consideration.
  • As a quasi-public entity, MassCEC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Therefore, we request that you redact any confidential or proprietary information from any material you submit to MassCEC.
  • Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials as early as possible. Materials should be sent to the Director of Strategic Analysis at The email subject line should include the project title and requested funds.

MassCEC seeks to accelerate the success of the clean energy and water technology industry in the Commonwealth through close collaboration and strong partnerships with academic institutions’ endeavors while supporting respective goals.  This program aims to further MassCEC’s goals to:

  • Increase statewide adoption of renewable energy, drive down the costs of renewable energy, and deliver financial and environmental benefits to ratepayers. 
  • Continue to lead in Clean Energy
  • Develop a trained workforce for a rapidly growing industry
  • Advance innovative solutions that will lead to energy security and a safe, reliable, and resilient energy infrastructure
  • Maintain public confidence in use of ratepayer dollars

Program Manager: Kavita Ravi

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

63 Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02110

Phone: 617-315-9355