MassCEC Catalyst & Diversity in Cleantech Early Stage (DICES) Program
MassVentures co-manages this grant program with the MassCEC.
Catalyst provides grants of up to $75,000 to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate initial prototypes of their clean energy technologies.
DICES, in parallel with Catalyst, awards two additional grants of up to $75,000 each for projects led by eligible (certified or certifiable) women-owned or minority-owned early-stage companies.
The program is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of transforming new ideas from the research stage into commercially viable technologies that attract industry and investor interest. All awardees gain access to a vast network of partners, expert local market and policy insights, and mentoring from MassCEC and MassVentures, while all finalists receive complimentary pitch coaching and business mentoring.
Catalyst and DICES are for technologies that are at Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 1-4, according to the TRL Calculator developed by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority.
Eligible applicants include principal investigators at Massachusetts-based nonprofit research institutions or Massachusetts-based early-stage clean energy companies.
For DICES, applicants must also verify that they are eligible as a woman- or minority-owned startup. More information about this process can be found in Section V of the Catalyst Request For Proposals (RFP).
For full Program details, please refer to the Catalyst RFP.
Webinar: To learn more and ask questions about the Catalyst and DICES Programs, sign up for the Spring Quarterly Funding Opportunities Update webinar on February 2nd, 2023 @ 11:00 AM EST.
Read about past Catalyst grantees.
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