The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program builds on ARPA-E’s primary research and development focus to support the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.

The goal of the program is to support ARPA-E-funded technologies, past and present, transition from proof-of-concept prototypes to commercially scalable and deployable versions of the technology and be well-positioned for investment from the private sector.

Small business, company, and industry participation is fundamental to the success of the SCALEUP program. SCALEUP teams must propose at least one Commercialization Partner, preferably one 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.

To be eligible for SCALEUP funds, teams must own/control subject invention(s) or software arising from ARPA-E award(s).

ARPA-E’s Associate Director for Technology-to-Market, Dr. James Zahler, and Technology-to-Market Advisor Dr. Danny Cunningham discuss ARPA-E’s SCALEUP program, past and future, in a recent episode of Energy Briefs, ARPA-E’s digital content series.

ARPA-E has successfully executed its first SCALEUP program (SCALEUP 2019) and intends to launch the next round of SCALEUP (2021) in the fall of 2021. Below is additional information on ARPA-E’s previous and planned SCALEUP programs.


ARPA-E intends to launch its SCALEUP 2021 program in the fall of 2021. The SCALEUP 2021 program will be ARPA-E’s second scaling and pre-pilot focused program. ARPA-E intends to make up to $100 million available with awards up to $20 million in federal share for five to eight selected teams.


ARPA-E announced its SCALEUP 2019 selectees in early 2021 with a budget of approximately $75 million. The types of projects in this SCALEUP cohort address methane emissions detection, electrical energy storage, energy efficiency technologies, and grid modernization.