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Energy Innovation Notes, Earth Day edition – April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day from CAES!

Please find below announcements and amplification of current energy funding, innovation and applied education opportunities. Congrats to all as the academic year comes to a close!

Paid Energy Internships (!):The Office of Technology Transitions at the Department of Energy (DOE) has opened an application window for a paid summer (undergraduate) technology transition/entrepreneurship internship working with DOE lab technologies. Full details here

The Department of Energy (DOE) has also reopened the application window for the DOE Scholars Program, a paid energy internship program for undergraduate/graduate students interested in working with DOE offices this summer. Full details here

Good luck to the BSU Capstone Team competing in the finals of the DOE Solar District Cup Competition on Sunday, 4/25! Details to watch and cheer them on here

Good luck to the BSU Capstone Team competing in the finals of the DOE Marine Energy Collegiate Competition on Tuesday, 4/27. Details to watch and cheer them on here

Congratulations to BSU and UI fellowship and scholarship awardees of the Department of Energy Integrated University Program to develop next generation nuclear scientists and engineers. Full announcements here and here

1) CAES $50K Energy Frontiers Challenge Initiative, Application Due Today 04/22 

2) Cascadia Clean Tech Accelerator (Largely Virtual) Application Extended4/23 

3) NREL Industry Growth Forum(Virtual) – Cleantech Investment Forum 04/20-22 

4) CAES Currents Panel: Insights on Energy featuring Rep. Mike Simpson– 4/27

5) CAES Energy Policy Institute Spring 2021 Power Talk Series:Public Opinion and Nuclear Power in U.S. History for Defense and Energy Purposes, Sarah Robey, Idaho State University –4/28

6) Build to Scale (EDA/Department of Commerce) $750k regional tech funding opportunity– 4/29

7) DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) Application Window – 05/05

8) CAES Energy Policy Institute Spring 2021 Power Talk Series: Hydropower in the Northwest: Decisions on Energy Resilience and Salmon With the Lower Snake River Dams, Session 2.0 – 05/05

9) CAES Codebreaker – CAES ISTPF Fellow (Idaho OEMR) Veronika Vazhnik – 05/06

10) DOE AY 2021/2022 Marine Energy Collegiate Competition Open 04/05, Close 05/07

11) DOD SBIR 2021.2 Phase I Pre-Release 04/21-5/19, Release 5/19, Close 6/18 New

12) DOE Better Buildings, Better Plants (Virtual) Summit (No-Cost) – 05/17-5/20

13) 2021 ARPA-E Annual Summit (Virtual) – 05/24-05/27 

14) CAES Summer Visiting Faculty Program Kickoff5/24-5/27

15) DOE SULI (Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship) Fall Paid Student internship application window– Open 03/16, Close 05/27

16) NSF SBIR Phase I Submission Review Window –06/03

17) CAES Academy – Proposal Writing Seminar –06/24 New

18) CAES Academy – Proposal Writing Seminar II –07/22 New

19) DOE Energy Exchange (Federal Facilities & Infrastructure/Virtual) –08/02-08/06

20) DOE SBIR Phase ITopics Release 07/12, FOA Release 08/09, Letter of Intent 08/30, Application 10/12

21) CAES Energy Policy Institute 10th Anniversary Energy Policy Conference: From Disruption to Megatrends 10/14-15 New




Congratulations to all participants, partners, and winners of the7th Annual Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge hosted by the BSU College of Innovation & Design and BSU Venture College!


1) DOE Solar Decathlon Virtual Village Tour with student teams 4/12-13

2) Cleantech Alliance Breakfast SeriesFeaturing CAES Director Terry Brog and INL Industry Engagement Director Dr. Corey McDaniel – 04/14 New

3) Student Competition Finals (Virtual) – DOE Solar Decathlon Build 2020 and Solar Decathlon Design 2021 (04/15-04/18) 

4)Techstars Sustainability Summit(Virtual) 04/15 New

5) Elemental Excelerator Cohort 10 Call for Applications ($200k-$500k/Funding) – Global Track– 04/16 New

6)State of Idaho IGEM (Idaho Global Entrepreneur Mission) Commerce Entrepreneurship Funding Application Period (04/16) 

7) 2021 Cleantech Open Accelerator Call for Applications, Close 04/18



1) Congratulations to the 15 BSU/UI/ISU visiting faculty teams spanning Nuclear Energy, Cybersecurity, Innovative Energy Systems, Advanced Manufacturing, Energy Policy, and Computing-Data-Visualization for being accepted into the 2021 (4th annual) CAES Summer Visiting Faculty Program! Full announcement here


Congratulations to the 9 INL-CAES University teams awarded CAES Collaboration Funds for INL-led projects that collaborate with faculty from the CAES universities! Full announcement here

2) Idaho HERC Incubation Fund Request for Proposals Open 2/16, Close 04/01 

3) ARPA-E/DOE Open 2021 $100 million Funding Opportunity – Connect with your CAES Working Group leads to form a team Concept Papers Due04/06 

4) Student Project Competition – DOE Geothermal Collegiate Competition (Capstone Eligible) Spring 2021 (Webinar 02/10, Progress submission Deadline 03/09

5) Idaho S&T Policy Fellowship (ISTPF)/CAES ISTPF Application Open – Due 02/28

6) CAES Codebreaker – INL’s Ron Fisher “Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience: History, Trends, and INL’s Role” – 03/04

7) NSF SBIR Phase I Application Submission Date  03/04

8) Dept of Transportation SBIR Phase I Application Close 03/08

9) Student-Run Energy Conference – MIT Energy Conference (Virtual): Charging Ahead to a Cleaner Future (Virtual) – Largest in the US, 03/10-03/12

10) Student-Run Energy Conference – Tufts Energy Conference: Tipping Points in the Global Energy Landscape (Virtual), 03/11-03/13

11) ARPA-E Technology-to-Market Summer Internship 2021 Open – Deadline03/15 

12) CAES Energy Policy Institute Power Talk Series – “The New CEQ NEPA Regulations in 2021: Potential Changes and Implications for Energy” 03/24

13) Idaho Entrepreneurship Challenge Finals hosted by BSU College of Innovation & Design –03/31 

14) CAES Codebreaker – BSU’s Sin Ming Loo – Data Resilience & Cyber –04/01


1) DOE Phase I SBIR Funding Opportunity (Full Application 02/22)
2) Student Entrepreneurship Competition – ClimateTech & Energy Prize @ MIT ($150k) (Application Close 02/09) 

3) INL Supplier Engagement Series – INL Small Business Programs 02/10

4) Student-Run Energy Conference – BERC Energy Summit (Virtual), 02/10-2/12

5) IDEA CampusEnergy Conference 2021 (Virtual) – 02/16-02/18
6) CAES Energy Policy Institute Power Talk Series– “Oil and the Oil Industry in an Age of Decarbonization” 02/17

7) DOD SBIR Phase I Funding Opportunity – 02/18
8) Elemental Excelerator Summer Internship 02/19 


1) DOE Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC) $4 million regional energy innovation funding 02/03

2) State of Idaho IGEM (Idaho Global Entrepreneur Mission) Commerce Application Review Period  (01/29)

3) DOE Water Power Technology Office Groundbreaking Hydro Prize Competition ($300k) (01/31)

4) INL K-12 Education STEM Grant Applications Due 02/01

5) FAA Challenge: Smart Airport Student Competition ($25k) Open (02/04) 

6) CAES Codebreaker Ron Boring/INL – “The Future is automated, but we still need humans.”  (02/04)


January 2021

1) DOE Connected Communities $65 million Funding (Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings) BSU/Prof. John Gardner Lead, Concept Paper 2/17

2) NASA SBIR Phase I ($125K)/Phase II ($750K)(Close 01/08)

3) DOD SBIR Phase I (21.1) (Open 01/14, Close 02/18)

4) DOE Phase II SBIR Funding Opportunity Open  (Closed 01/05)

5) CAES Codebreaker – (01/07)

6) DOE Office of Fossil Energy Mickey Leland Fellowship – Paid Internship Program (1/08)

7) DOE Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Arctic Advanced Manufacturing Innovator Fellowship (1/08)

8) DOE Office of Science SULI – Paid Internship Program (01/12)

9) DOE Office of Science Community College Internship (CCI) Program (01/12) 

10) DOE Office of Science Visiting Faculty Program (01/12)

11) INL Supplier Engagement Webinar – INL Construction Needs (01/13) New 

12) Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) – Paid Summer Internship Program (01/15)

13) DHS SBIR Phase I 21.1; Open 12/11  (01/15)



December 2020

1) Dept of Commerce $25 million ($750k/18 months) SPRINT Innovation response to Pandemic (12/03)

2) DOE Water Power Technology Office, Marine Hydro Kinetic (MHK) Research Fellowship Program (12/04)

3) 2022 DOE Collegiate Wind Student Competition Application Deadline Open ($20k/team) (12/08)

4) Congrats to! BSU and PI Todd Otanicar for winning a Small Innovation Projects in Solar (SIPS) award from the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office


November 2020

1) Naval Research Enterprise – Paid Internship Program (11/30) 

2) INL Technology-Based Economic Development Grant Opportunity (11/30)

3) DOE IBUILD Building Science Graduate Research Fellowship for MS/PHD Students (12/1)

4) Navy Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tracks at Sea – Challenge Competition for Universities ($200k in prize money) Open (12/02)

5) Congrats To! Boise Startup Week for a successful annual virtual event

6) Congrats To! BSU Venture College for a successful first “Hacking For HomeBuilding” event

7) Fall 2020 DOE Geothermal Student Competition (Data Visualization) Registration closes (11/05)

8) CAES Codebreaker Series – Christine King, Director of Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN), 11/05

9) INL Industrial Cybersecurity Education and Training Workshop (Virtual) 11/10

10) INL Supplier Webinar Engagement Series – Fabrication & Machining Needs (11/11)

11) 2020-2021 DOE Jump Into STEM Building Sciences Challenge Submission Open (11/13)

12) Congrats to! BSU Accepted to the 2020-2021 DOE Solar District Cup student competition

13) Congrats to! BSU Accepted to the 2020-2021 DOE Marine Energy Collegiate Competition


October 2020

1) DOD SBIR Application Open Extended to 10/27

2) Air Force Research Laboratory Paid Summer Internships (40), Application Window (10/26)

3) Air Force (AFWERX) Energy Challenge Extended to 10/29

4) 2020 Naval Engineering Education Consortium Application Open (10/30)

5) DOE Lab-Embedded Entrepreneurship Programs (10/30)

6) Congrats to! CAES Director Dr. Noel Bakhtian has accepted a new position leading an Energy Storage Grand Challenge at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory! Noel’s last day will be Monday, Oct. 19. Dr. Terry Brog will serve as the interim CAES Director moving forward.

7) Congrats to! City of Boise is ranked 42nd in the country in the ACEEE 2020 City Clean Energy Scorecard

8) Congrats to! Trailhead Boise wins $50k energy incubator award from the Department of Energy

9) 2020-2021 DOE Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Application Closed (10/20)

10) 2020 DOE CyberForce Competition Application Deadline Closed (10/02) – Awaiting Announcement

11) SBA Lab to Market Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem Prize Competition ($25k) Closed (10/14) – Awaiting announcement

12) DOE Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Spring 2021 Deadline Closed (10/07) 

13) INL Technology Commercialization Fund Application Closed (10/8)

14) 2020 International Switch Energy Case Competition (Energy Poverty) Application Deadline Closed (10/02)