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National Resources
US Department of Energy - Comprehensive up-to-date information pages on developing your idea, protecting your idea, knowing your market, planning your strategy, and knowing your funding options.
 
US Department of Energy Inventions and Innovations ProgramThe Inventions and Innovation (I&I) program provides financial assistance at two levels –  up to $40,000 (Category 1) or up to $200,000 (Category 2) – for conducting early development and establishing technical performance of innovative energy saving ideas and inventions.
 
Energy TechNet portal is a one-stop-shop for information on research, development, and commercialization of energy-efficiency and renewable-energy technologies. The Energy TechNet Web site is targeted specifically for individual inventors and small businesses that are developing energy-related technologies. For help with transforming your ideas into commercial reality you can use the information on the site that can help yopu implement the essential steps of development and commercialization.
 
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) provides demonstration monies to specific industries through solicitations in its Industries of the Future program. OIT maximizes its technology investments through collaborative R&D partnerships in nine vital industries. These nine industries necessarily use large amounts of heat and energy to physically or chemically transform materials. These solicitations are announced periodically and require private matching funds. Industries receiving these matching grants are competitively selected since program funds are limited.  
The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs are directed by the U.S. Department of Energy. These programs make awards to obtain high quality scientific and technological research that enables the Department of Energy to fulfill its scientific mission.
 
National Renewable Research Laboratories (NREL)This U.S. Department of Energy funded laboratory is the nation´s leading center for renewable energy research. NREL is developing new energy technologies to benefit both the environment and the economy. Research funding or partnerships are available for new renewable resource technologies or applications. 
 
U.S. Department of Energy Seattle Regional OfficeThis office in Seattle provides information on an extensive list of private and public funding sources for energy efficiency and environmentally beneficial technologies or projects. 
 
Gas Technology Institute (GTI)This group, formerly known as the Gas Research Institute, provides research, product development, training and technical assistance on all aspects of the natural gas industry from resource extraction to end use. Most research is conducted in conjunction with their members that include industry, government and natural gas utilities. GTI funds the development of promising natural gas efficiency technologies. A partnership with a member gas utility is advantageous. 
 
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)is a non-profit energy research consortium for the benefit of utility members and their customers. EPRI’s mission is to provide science and technology-based solutions of indispensable value to global energy customers by managing a far-reaching program of scientific research, technology development, and product implementation. 
 
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)provides grants or awards supporting research at industry, academic, and other institutions on a competitive basis through several different Institute offices. Below is a list of some NIST funding opportunities and contacts that may pertain to energy related technologies.
 
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory managed by the US Department of Energy´s Office of Science provides information for inventors or new technology vendors.
 
Advanced Technology Program -- Provides multi-year, co-funding for high-risk, high-payoff civilian technology development by individual companies and industry-led joint ventures. Contact: (800) ATP-FUND (800-287-3863).
 
Critical Infrastructure Protection Grants Program -- Funds research to resolve infrastructure IT security issues relating to civilian government and commercial systems. Contact: Tim Grance, (301) 975-4242 or David Ferraiolo, (301) 975-3046.
 
Precision Measurement Grants -- Supports researchers in U.S. colleges and universities for experimental and theoretical studies of fundamental physical phenomena. Contact: Peter Mohr, (301) 975-3217.
 
Small Business Innovation Research Program -- Funds proposals by small businesses for research and development efforts that fall within areas recommended yearly by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Contact: (301) 975-3085.
 
Materials Science and Engineering Grants -- Supports work in polymers, ceramics, metallurgy, and neutron scattering and spectroscopy research at academic, industrial, and other non-federal institutions. Subject to funding availability. Contact: Marlene Taylor, (301) 975-5653.
 
Oregon Resources
Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) provides Oregon businesses with a tax credit of up to 35 percent of a project´s cost. Research, demonstration and development projects may qualify for this incentive provided they are a renewable resource or energy conservation project that once demonstrated are likely to produce substantial energy savings, or produce energy in Oregon.
 
The Energy Loan Program provides Oregon businesses with fixed-rate, long-term financing for energy efficiency, renewable resource, recycling and alternative fuels projects. Projects eligible for this financing need to show evidence of energy cost savings, renewable energy production revenues or waste reduction savings. This is not venture capital or business startup funding. These loans are backed by State of Oregon General Obligation bonds and eligible firms must meet specific credit standards to qualify.
 
Oregon State University (OSU)This state land grant university conducts research on many issues relating to forestry, agriculture, business and industry. Opportunities for collaboration on research, funding of proof of concept research and demonstrations in cooperation with industry are possible.
 
University of Oregon (Uof 0)The university´s interdisciplinary institutes and centers provide opportunities for research and graduate training, In addition to the institutes, some of the universities schools and departments offer research collaboration opportunities. Directors and members of centers and institutes hold faculty positions in related academic departments. 
 
Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) Geo-Heat CenterThis organization supports development of geothermal energy resources. Although they are not a research funding source they do provide technical assistance in related technology development or applications. OIT also provides a clearinghouse service for geothermal development grants. 
 
Oregon Graduate Institute (OGI) This institute is now affiliated with the Oregon Health Sciences University. They conduct graduate student education, training and research on many topics outside of the health sciences arena. Collaboration through co-funding, basic research, applied research and proof of concept are available. 
 
Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR)Oregon provides tax credits for conducting qualified and basic research. DOR administers this service to Oregon businesses with qualified research and basic research in the fields of: advanced computing, advanced materials, biotechnology, electronic device technology, environmental technology, or straw utilization.