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. 

This solicitation is now closed.

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 Spring 2018 Catalyst Program round!

Spring 2018 Catalyst Application Guidelines

Spring 2018 Catalyst Proposal Template

Key Dates and Proposal Support:

The application period opens on February 28, 2018, and proposals are due on March 28, 2018. Finalists will be invited to pitch their idea in May, and winners will be announced in June.

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

Questions? Come visit our office hours:

Thursday, March 8th from 3pm - 5pm at Worcester Cleantech Incubator, 44 Portland Street, Worcester, MA. Click here for directions.

Monday, March 12th from 11:30am - 1 pm at Greentown Labs, Event space/cafeteria, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA. Click here for directions.

Thursday, March 15th from noon - 1pm at UMass Dartmouth, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 151 Martine Street, Dartmouth, MA. Click here for directions and map.

Thursday, March 15th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Café, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Click here and scroll down for directions.

Monday, March 19th from 10:30 am - noon at Northshore Innoventures, 100 Cummings Center, Suite 451C, Beverly, MA. Click here for directions.

Tuesday, March 20th from 11:30 am - 1pm at UMass Lowell, iHub, 110 Canal Street, Lowell, MA. Click here for their website.

Thursday, March 22nd from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Café, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Click here and scroll down for directions.

 

Webinar

Listen to our webinar which provides program information and answers to any questions you may have. 

 

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.