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.

Who's Eligible?

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. 

How Do I Apply?

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


Spring 2017 Catalyst Application Guidelines

Spring 2017 Catalyst Proposal Template


Key Dates and Proposal Support:

The application period opens on February 27, 2017, and proposals are due on March 27, 2017. Finalists will be invited to pitch their idea in May, and winners will be announced in July.

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.



Thanks to everyone who participated in our informational webinar on March 14th! To access a recording of the webinar, click here


Office Hours

We will host office hours to answer any questions you may have regarding your specific Catalyst proposal. These sessions will be held at the following times and locations:


Thursday, March 9th from 4 pm - 5 pm at Greentown Labs, 28 Dane Street, Somerville, MA. Click here  for directions.


Thursday, March 9th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Click here for directions.


Thursday, March 16th from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Cambridge Innovation Center, Venture Cafe, 5th Floor, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA. Click here for directions.


Wednesday, March 22nd from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at MassChallenge Entrepalooza, Royale Boston, 279 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Click here for more information.

Program Background

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.

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.

Program Results

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.

Key Metrics and Results:

Since the program began, the program has funded $2.73 million to 69 projects that have gone on to raise more than $100 million in follow-on funding and develop 104 new pieces of intellectual property (IP). One out of every 4 university awardees has created a new company, and 4 out of 5 of the technologies funded are still being actively developed and/or commercialized by the companies or universities.

Program Contact 

Michele Bernier / 617-287-4088