GFO-20-301 – BRIDGE 2020: Bringing Rapid Innovation Development to Green Energy

Departmental Grant ID:
Portal ID:
Closed (9 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:



The purpose of this solicitation is to competitively award follow-on funding for the most promising energy technologies that have previously received an award from an eligible California Energy Commission (CEC) program or United States federal agency.


BRIDGE 2020 seeks to 1) help start-up companies minimize the time between when their successful publicly-funded project ends and new public funding becomes available; and 2) mobilize more early-stage capital in the clean energy space by providing non-dilutive, matching investments in promising clean energy companies alongside investors and commercial partners. This provides increased support for the most promising clean energy technologies that have already attracted interest from the market as they are developed and continue their path to market adoption.

Eligible projects must fall within the following project groups:

  • Group 1: Energy Efficiency

(Total funding available: $10 million); or

  • Group 2: Energy Storage

(Total funding available: $10 million); or

  • Group 3: Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Advanced Sensing

(Total funding available: $10 million); or

  • Group 4: Advanced Power Electronics/Power Conditioning

(Total funding available: $10.5 million); or

  • Group 5: Zero- and Negative-Carbon Emission Generation

(Total funding available: $10.5 million)


As mentioned previously, the purpose of this solicitation is to help clean energy start-up companies bridge the gap from their previous public funding awards to private investment. As a result, this solicitation has special requirements including:

  • Prior Funding Requirement: Projects must have previously received a funding award from the CEC or an eligible U.S. federal agency. (please see Section II.A.1. for the full list of federal agencies)
  • Demonstrated Success: Applicants must provide documentation that they met key technical performance targets under their previous publicly funded award. Applicants are required to submit a Previous Project Evaluation Form (Attachment 14) with their proposal.
  • Multiple Application Deadlines: There are multiple application due dates for this solicitation to provide an opportunity for applicants who have not yet secured private sector investment or do not have completed project results from their previous award to apply. Please carefully read the Key Activities Schedule (See Section I. E.) and Evaluation and Award Process (See Section IV.) portions of this solicitation.
  • Commercialization: This solicitation requires the prime applicant to be a for-profit commercial entity with rights to the intellectual property being advanced under the proposed project. Applicants whose technology received funding while being developed at an academic institution, national laboratory, or non-profit private research institution are eligible as long as the core intellectual property resides with the applicant.
  • Match Funding Requirement: Applicants must have received a private investment within the last 18 months for their technology. This solicitation has a 50% match funding requirement. Please carefully read the Applicant Requirements (Section II.A.1.) and the Match Funding (Section I.D.2.) portions of this solicitation.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Business
  • Individual

Open to all private, for-profit entities and individuals that have previously received a funding award from an eligible CEC program or U.S. federal agency that provides energy research for applied research of the technology identified in the proposal. The below entities are not eligible to be prime applicants:  Public and private universities National Labs Utilities Private non-profit research organizations End-use customers of the proposed technology

Eligible Geographies:

Not applicable

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 50% of the requested grant project funds. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they can meet the minimum match requirement.  Eligible Match Funding Types The match funding must be one of the following investment types: Angel Investment Corporate Strategic Investment Foundation Investment Venture Capital Investment Examples of non-Eligible Match Funding Types Government grants ‘In-Kind’ match

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
See solicitation 
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Until funds expire 

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

This solicitation will award projects funded by the EPIC, an electricity ratepayer surcharge established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in December 2011.[1] The purpose of the EPIC program is to benefit the ratepayers of three investor-owned utilities (IOUs), including Pacific Gas and Electric Co., San Diego Gas and Electric Co., and Southern California Edison Co.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis (where the Recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor).

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Angela Hockaday, 1-916-654-5186,