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Important update: ARPA-E is altering the SCALEUP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) by decreasing cost share requirements and deferring these cost share payments for the first year of awards. As such, ARPA-E is reopening the SCALEUP solicitation for new Applicants, while giving those that have already applied a chance to revise their applications to take advantage of this important update. Applications are due to ARPA-E eXCHANGE by May 7, 2020.

Pre-emptive questions and answers prepared by ARPA-E about the modified SCALEUP FOA can be found below.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND HOW TO ENGAGE

WHAT IS SCALEUP?
WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL SCALEUP FUND?
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCALEUP PROGRAM?
HOW WILL ARPA-E SELECT AWARDEES?
IS SCALEUP FOR ME?
ARE THERE PARTNERING REQUIREMENTS?
WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WEBINAR?
WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?
WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WORKSHOP AND THE SCALEUP LAUNCH PAD?
HELPFUL RESOURCES


 

WHAT IS SCALEUP?

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) program builds from ARPA-E’s primary research and development (R&D) focus to support the scaling of high-risk and potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. The ARPA-E SCALEUP Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a means to address promising energy technologies that require scale-up or pre-pilot projects to enable a path to market and ultimately lead to realized commercial impact.

WHAT TYPES OF PROJECTS WILL SCALEUP FUND?

The desire is to fund successful ARPA-E awarded technologies for which the proof-of-concept R&D challenges have been addressed, and which can establish real-world impact through scaling. Finalists selected for SCALEUP will demonstrate a path to market and be well-positioned for investment from the private sector (venture, strategic, philanthropic, internal, etc.).

AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCALEUP PROGRAM?

A broad variety of projects will be welcome, however to be eligible for SCALEUP funds, projects must be based upon inventions that were conceived through a prior ARPA-E award (“subject inventions”) with the intent to advance the innovative results to practical application. This FOA is open to the following Applicants:

o   Current and former ARPA-E awardees that own/control subject invention(s) arising from their ARPA-E award(s), with the partial exception below;

o   Entities that are licensees of subject invention(s) arising from any ARPA-E award(s); or

o   Consortia – that have title to or are licensees of subject invention(s) arising from an ARPA-E award:

- Must include one or more U.S. businesses; and

- May include for‐profit entities, educational institutions, and nonprofits that are incorporated in the United States, including U.S. territories, and FFRDCs/DOE Laboratories.

- Partial Exception: Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) and FFRDCs/DOE Laboratories may participate as sub-recipients or members of Consortia.

In addition, ARPA-E has reduced the cost share obligations for SCALEUP awardees in order to widen the field of eligible applicants for the program. Whereas the original cost share requirement was 50%, with a reduced option of 30% for qualified small businesses, the new requirement is 33.33% with a reduced option of 20% for qualified small businesses. As such, ARPA-E reopened the preliminary application period. Preliminary applications are due to ARPA-E eXCHANGE by May 7, 2020.

HOW WILL ARPA-E SELECT AWARDEES?

The ARPA-E SCALEUP FOA award selection process consists of three phases:

  1. Preliminary Application submissions, resulting in selection of Semi-Finalists;
  2. Semi-Finalists who will be invited to submit Full Applications, resulting in selection of Finalists;
  3. Finalists, who will be invited to provide Oral Presentations, leading to award selections.

IS SCALEUP FOR ME?

As a reminder, the deadline to submit a Preliminary Application has been reopened. Revised and new applications are due to ARPA-E eXCHANGE by May 7, 2020.

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ARE THERE PARTNERING REQUIREMENTS?

Applicants to the SCALEUP FOA must propose at least one Commercialization Partner. Commercialization Partners may include potential customers, end-users, suppliers, corporate investors, manufacturers, and distributors, etc. It is preferable for Applicants to have at least one Commercialization Partner 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.

In addition, Financial Partners, which may include venture capitalists, accelerators/incubators, angel/impact investors, etc. are optional, and hence not a requirement of the SCALEUP FOA; however, their inclusion by an Applicant will be considered in the selection process.

Please refer to the SCALEUP Webinar (below) for additional information on partnering requirements. Semi-Finalists’ teams, companies, partnering status, as well as their technology and project proposals will be provided on the public SCALEUP Launch Pad website (coming soon).

WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WEBINAR?

On February 24, 2020, ARPA-E held a webinar on the SCALEUP program for members of industry and the investment community. Links to a recording of the webinar, the presentation slides, and responses to frequently asked questions are below:

WHAT ARE THE KEY DATES?

Below is a useful diagram highlighting the application process and key dates.

 

WHAT IS THE SCALEUP WORKSHOP AND THE SCALEUP LAUNCH PAD?

The in-person SCALEUP Workshop on May 20, 2020 has been cancelled.

However, partnering is still essential for our future Semi-Finalists. In order to aid the partnering process, and in lieu of the in-person SCALEUP Workshop, ARPA-E is providing increased virtual content within the public SCALEUP Launch Pad website (link coming soon) and a virtual SCALEUP Workshop Series:

  • The SCALEUP Launch Pad will provide investors, industry, manufacturers, and other potential partners the opportunity to hear 5-7 minute recorded pitches from the selected SCALEUP Semi-Finalists. Information on the teams, companies, partnering status, as well as their technology and project proposals is provided to help facilitate partnerships with Semi-Finalists. ARPA-E will announce the SCALEUP Semi-Finalists after they are selected in July 2020. All Semi-Finalists are encouraged to participate in the SCALEUP Launch Pad.
  • ARPA-E will introduce a virtual SCALEUP Workshop series via WebEx in August 2020, as part of the agency’s efforts to connect Semi-Finalists with potential Commercialization and Financial Partners. These virtual workshops will offer an additional channel to meet and hear from the Semi-Finalists, including brief two-minute elevator pitches. The workshops will also include key FOA information, brief tutorial of the SCALEUP Launch Pad, and an opportunity for ARPA-E to answer questions. The Virtual workshops are intended to be short and digestible. ARPA-E anticipates organizing each individual one-hour session by technology areas. Virtual workshops will be recorded and made available following the presentation. Additional information, including registration links, will be posted to this page shortly. 

HELPFUL RESOURCES

  • Please refer to the General FAQs Section of ARPA-E’s website for answers to many questions about ARPA-E and ARPA-E’s Funding Opportunity Announcements. Please review all existing general FAQs and FOA-specific questions before submitting new questions to ARPA-E.
  • For additional information and the full FOA, visit ARPA-E EXCHANGE.
  • For detailed guidance on using ARPA-E eXCHANGE, please refer to the “ARPA-E eXCHANGE Applicant Guide”.
  • SCALEUP Launch Pad (link coming soon)