The application period closed on October 11, 2022. Check back in 2023 for the next cycle.
MassCEC Catalyst & Diversity in Cleantech Early Stage (DICES) Program
MassVentures co-manages this grant program with the MassCEC. Catalyst/DICES provides grants of up to $75,000 to researchers and early-stage companies looking to demonstrate initial prototypes of their clean energy technologies. Additional grants are now earmarked for eligible woman-and minority-owned early-stage companies. All awardees will gain access to a vast network of partners, expert local market and policy insights, and mentoring from MassCEC and MassVentures, while all finalists will receive complimentary pitch coaching and business mentoring.
This program seeks to advance the innovation of clean energy technologies and the transformation of new discoveries from the research stage into commercially viable technologies, through grant awards and business mentoring.
To determine whether you qualify for a grant, please review the RFP. Note that the “clean energy definition” has changed to “M.G.L. c. 23J § 1, as amended pursuant to Chapter 179 of the Acts of 2022 “An Act Driving Clean Energy and Offshore Wind” defines this as …advanced and applied technologies that significantly reduce or eliminate the use of energy from non-renewable sources including, but not limited to: (i) energy efficiency; (ii) demand response; (iii) energy conservation; or (iv) technologies powered, in whole or in part, by the sun, wind, water, geothermal energy, including networked geothermal and deep geothermal energy, hydrogen produced by non-fossil fuel sources and methods, alcohol, fuel cells, fusion energy or any other renewable, non-depletable or recyclable fuel…”
Applications due: October 11, 2022
Applicants notified of finalist status: November 10, 2022
Finalists' presentations: Week of December 14, 2022
Finalists notified of award status: January, 2023
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