The U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), in partnership with the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the USPTO, has announced a $12 million competition, i6 Green.   The competition is looking to reward  6 innovative, environmentally conscious ideas that enable technology commercialization, new venture formation, job creation, and economic growth.

According to the March 10, 2011 press release, EDA will award “up to $1 million to each of six teams around the country with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in support of a green innovation economy, increased U.S. competitiveness and new jobs.  Its partner agencies will award more than $6 million in additional funding to i6 Green winners.”

The competition is looking for ideas in the following categories:

1.  Renewable Energy

2.  Energy Efficiency

3.  Reuse/Recycling/Restoration

4.  Innovations in Green Building Technology and Materials

All applicants must submit a “Letter of Intent” to the EDA on or before May 2, 2011.   Applicants must then submit applications by May 26, 2011.  More information on the competition can be found at www.eda.gov/i6

For anyone interested, a free webinar is being sponsored by the Research Commercialization and SBIR Center about the competition and will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at 2pm.  More details on the webinar can be found at http://center.ncet2.org/index.php?option=com_joomla_lms&Itemid=53&task=course_guest&id=46 (I was notified of the competition and the webinar through a Research Commercialization and SBIR Center email.)

Good luck to anyone out there who is thinking of entering!

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