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To apply for SCALEUP funding, please visit ARPA-E EXCHANGE.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions about the SCALEUP program.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND HOW TO ENGAGE

WHAT IS SCALEUP?
WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL SCALEUP FUND?
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCALEUP PROGRAM?
IS SCALEUP FOR ME?
ARE THERE PARTNERING REQUIREMENTS?
WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WEBINAR?
HOW WILL ARPA-E SELECT AWARDEES?
WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?
WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WORKSHOP?
WHEN WILL THE SCALEUP WORKSHOP TAKE PLACE?
HELPFUL RESOURCES


 

WHAT IS SCALEUP?

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program builds from ARPA-E’s primary research and development (R&D) focus to support the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. The ARPA-E SCALEUP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a means to address promising energy technologies that require scale-up or pre-pilot projects to enable a path to market and ultimately lead to realized commercial impact.

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL SCALEUP FUND?

The desire is to fund successful ARPA-E awarded technologies for which the proof-of-concept R&D challenges have been addressed, and which can establish real-world impact through scaling. Finalists selected for SCALEUP will demonstrate a path to market and be well positioned for investment from the private sector (venture, strategic, philanthropic, internal, etc.).

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCALEUP PROGRAM?

A broad variety of projects will be welcome, however to be eligible for SCALEUP funds, projects must be based upon inventions that were conceived through a prior ARPA-E award (“subject inventions”) with the intent to advance the innovative results to practical application. This FOA is open to the following Applicants:

  • Current and former ARPA-E awardees (except educational institutions and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs)/DOE Laboratories) that own/control subject invention(s) arising from their ARPA-E award(s);
  • For-profit entities that are licensees of subject invention(s) arising from any ARPA-E award(s); or
  • Consortia – that have title to or are licensees of subject invention(s) arising from an ARPA-E award:

- Must include one or more U.S. businesses; and
- May include for‐profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated in the United States, including U.S. territories, and FFRDCs/DOE Laboratories.

IS SCALEUP FOR ME?

for me

ARE THERE PARTNERING REQUIREMENTS?

Applicants to the SCALEUP FOA must propose at least one Commercialization Partner. Commercialization Partners may include potential customers, end-users, suppliers, corporate investors, manufacturers, and distributors, etc. It is preferable for Applicants to have at least one Commercialization Partner that represents the viewpoint and needs of the target customer to help ensure market adoption for the technology after the completion of the SCALEUP project.

In addition, Financial Partners, which may include venture capitalists, accelerators/incubators, angel/impact investors, etc. are optional, and hence not a requirement of the SCALEUP FOA; however, their inclusion by an Applicant will be considered in the selection process.

WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WEBINAR?

ARPA-E intends to host a webinar to provide an overview of the SCALEUP FOA and review the role of investors and potential partners. The webinar will be held on February 24, 2020, at 1:00 PM EST via WebEx. If you are interested in attending, please register here. Kindly note that the webinar conversation will be geared towards potential Semi-Finalist partners, rather than FOA applicants. A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.

HOW WILL ARPA-E SELECT AWARDEES?

The ARPA-E SCALEUP FOA award selection process consists of three phases:

  1. Preliminary Application submissions, resulting in selection of Semi-Finalists;
  2. Semi-Finalists who will be invited to submit Full Applications, resulting in selection of Finalists;
  3. Finalists, who will be invited to provide Oral Presentations, leading to award selections.

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?

Below is a useful diagram highlighting the application process and key dates.

 

WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WORKSHOP?

ARPA-E will be hosting a SCALEUP Workshop which will provide Semi-Finalists an opportunity to present non-confidential summaries of their proposed project to all invited attendees – investors, industry, manufacturers, and other potential Commercial and Financial Partners. The SCALEUP Workshop is designed to facilitate partnering with the invited stakeholders. Separate rooms will be available for confidential presentations and discussions with potential Commercialization and Financial Partners.

All Semi-Finalists are encouraged to participate at the SCALEUP Workshop, but it is not mandatory to attend.

Note: At the SCALEUP Workshop, Applicants may not communicate with ARPA-E personnel or support contractors regarding their Applications or the SCALEUP FOA more generally.  

WHEN WILL THE SCALEUP WORKSHOP TAKE PLACE?

The SCALEUP Workshop, intended for Semi-Finalists and invited attendees – investors, industry, manufacturers, and other potential Commercial and Financial Partners, is tentatively scheduled for May 20, 2020.

HELPFUL RESOURCES

Please refer to the General FAQs Section of ARPA-E’s website for answers to many questions about ARPA-E and ARPA-E’s Funding Opportunity Announcements. Please review all existing general FAQs and FOA-specific questions before submitting new questions to ARPA-E.

For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the “ARPA-E eXCHANGE Applicant Guide” (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx).

To apply for funding, visit ARPA-E EXCHANGE.