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Cleantech Hardware Innovation Prototyping (CHIP) Program

Application Deadline: January 21st, 2022.

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds have recently partnered with the CleanTech Alliance and VertueLab to establish the Northwest Cleantech Innovation Network through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Program for Innovation Clusters (EPIC). As part of this program, the Testbeds has launched the Cleantech Hardware Innovation Prototyping (CHIP) program to increase access to advanced capabilities for scaled prototyping, testing, and demonstration. Applicants can apply for funding to develop their technologies at the Testbeds facility in Seattle, WA. An application period will occur twice annually, with the intent of providing 3-6 applicants each year with $10k-$30k worth of access to the Testbeds equipment over a 6-month period.

Eligibility

Entrepreneurs and startup companies in need of access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to develop, advance, prototype, and/or manufacture their innovative clean energy technologies are eligible to apply. Applicant companies should be pre-B-round, or similar metric, in maturity.

Application Procedure

The application period for the first 2022 cohort will open on December 1st, 2021 and is expected to close on January 21st, 2022. Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel at the end of the application period. Awardees are expected to begin work on March 1st, 2022.

Official Website: Cleantech Hardware Innovation Prototyping (CHIP) Program

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