MassCEC's Catalyst Program provides grants of up to $65,000 to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate initial prototypes of their clean energy and water technologies. We are accepting proposals for the Fall 2017 round September 11, 2017-October 11, 2017.

Eligible applicants must be either a principal Investigator (“PI”) at a Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institution or a Massachusetts-based early stage clean energy company with no more than $1 million in combined financing, grant funding and revenues within the past 5 years and have four or fewer full-time equivalent employees. Student teams are welcome to apply.

We are now accepting proposals for the Fall 2017 Catalyst Program round!

 

Fall 2017 Catalyst Application Guidelines

Fall 2017 Catalyst Proposal Template

 

Key Dates and Proposal Support:

The application period opens on September 11, 2017, and proposals are due on October 11, 2017. Finalists will be invited to pitch their idea in January, and winners will be announced in February.

Our team is available to help with questions you have on your proposal. The best way to get further information is by joining our webinar (details below), or visiting us at one of our scheduled office hours events.

 

MassCEC hosted a webinar covering the Catalyst program and the InnovateMass program on September 27. Watch the webinar here.
 

Office Hours

We are offering office hours to answer any questions you may have regarding MassCEC Catalyst Program Awards. These sessions will be:

 

Thursday, September 21st from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Click here and scroll down for directions.

 

Thursday, September 28th from noon - 1:30 pm at Greentown Labs, DSM Conference Room, 28 Dane Street, Somerville, MA. Click here for directions.

 

Thursday, October 5th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Café, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Click here and scroll down for directions.

The Catalyst Program is jointly administered by MassCEC and the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC) with the primary intent of stimulating the commercialization of clean energy and water innovation technologies developed in the Commonwealth. Awarded funds are used to demonstrate the feasibility of technologies in specific industry applications in order to obtain increased industry and investor interest. This includes gathering initial 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.

Recipients must use funding for projects that move their technologies towards commercialization. This includes gathering initial 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.

Key Goals:

Advance innovation: Provide early-stage, clean energy researchers and startup companies with grant awards and business mentoring to transform new discoveries from the research stage into commercially viable technologies.

Since the program began, Catalyst has awarded over $3 million to 83 projects that have gone on to raise more than $155 million in follow-on funding and resulted in 112 new pieces of intellectual property applications (IP). One out of every 4 university awardees has created a new company.