The InnovateMass program provides up to $250,000 in grant funding and technical support to applicant teams deploying new clean energy technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies with a strong potential for commercialization. Successful applicants will propose projects that address important energy challenges, help to grow the state’s clean energy economy, and contribute to Massachusetts’ continued clean energy leadership.

Each round of InnovateMass welcomes applications from across the clean energy technology landscape (including clean energy generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, data for clean energy applications, and other types of technologies as defined in the FAQ section below). 

This program is currently CLOSED

Only technologies that have achieved Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 5 will be considered eligible for an InnovateMass grant.

Application Teams may comprise both public and private entities, including clean energy companies, research and development institutions, academic institutions, state, local, and quasi-governmental agencies, school districts and nonprofits.

Teams must at least include a technology developer – typically a clean energy company – and a demonstration site/host, with the technology developer designated as the “Lead Applicant” that will contract directly with MassCEC.

This program is currently CLOSED.

 

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If I’ve applied in the past, but was not awarded, may I re-use the same letters of intent from my project partners?

Yes, if the letters are still applicable with any changes you’ve made in your application and if the relationship is still active. The letters should demonstrate an active relationship and cooperation with critical partners, which will last at least the duration of the proposed project. To this end current letters are preferred, as it indicates that the cooperating parties are still in the relevant positions and the relationship is ongoing.

How do I know if my technology qualifies as cleantech under this program?

For the purposes of this program, “Clean Energy Companies” are considered to be companies that have “...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...” Definition based on enabling legislation for MassCEC, Chapter 23J, Section 1 of the General Laws of Massachusetts (https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleII/Chapter23J/Sect...).

Is salary factored into cost-share?

Yes – direct labor on the project is an eligible cost share expense. Please note that cost share may only be up to 80% in-kind.

How many letters of support does a typical applicant have?

On average, the typical applicant provides 1 to 3 letters of support. These are typically from partners directly related to the proposed InnovateMass project, such as a demonstration site or manufacturing partner.

What role does the 3rd party technical support from MassCEC play?

The InnovateMass Technical Assistant (TA) supports awardees through all phases of the project, from workplan development through the final report. They act as the day-to-day project managers representing MassCEC. MassCEC meets with the TA on a monthly basis to get a project status update on each awardee.

InnovateMass was specifically designed to provide targeted, strategic support to companies facing the so called “commercialization valley of death,” a widely-recognized funding gap that exists between early-stage support offered by angel investors and later-stage support historically provided by venture capital and strategic investors.

Additionally, the program provides third-party project management and technical support to ensure that projects are successful. The program technical consultant will meet regularly with awardees to review workplans, discuss and resolve technical and other project-related barriers and review performance monitoring and evaluation plans.

Round 7a Awardees (Winter 2018)

Project

Amount Awarded

Total Cost Share

Location

Blackburn Energy, Inc.

Harvesting wasted kinetic energy from freight trucks 

$127,270

$73,775

Essex

CZAR-POWER, LLC

Smart solar-powered EV charging system

$250,000

$125,000

Cambridge

SolaBlock LLC

Vertical photovoltaic block and tile wall systems

$152,333

$82,807

Easthampton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round 6b Awardees (Summer 2018)

Project

Amount Awarded

Total Cost Share

Location

Battery Resourcers, Inc.

Cost-efficient, low-cost recycling of electric vehicle batteries

$173,855

$86,928

Worcester

Heila Technologies Inc.

Hardware/Software combination for optimizing distributed energy resources

$249,052

$126,974

Somerville

Via Separations, Inc.

High pH tolerant membranes for wastewater treatment

$225,000

$119,000

Cambridge

SteamIQ, Inc.

Low cost ultrasonic sensor for steam trap monitoring

$67,598

$36,302

Hingham