Tech Hubs Program, Phase 1
Economic Development Administration (EDA)
To drive regional technology- and innovation-centric growth by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy critical technologies.
Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements
Only consortia are eligible to apply for investment assistance under this NOFO. An eligible consortium must include one or more of each of the following: (i) institutions of higher education; (ii) State, territorial, local, or Tribal governments or other political subdivisions of a State; (iii) industry groups or firms in relevant technology, innovation, or manufacturing sectors; (iv) economic development organizations or similar entities focused primarily on improving science, technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, or access to capital; and (v) labor organizations or workforce training organizations.
The NOFO lists 10 key focus areas for applicants to select from. One of those listed is directly related to community decarbonization: (9) Advanced energy and industrial efficiency technologies, such as batteries and advanced nuclear technologies, including, but not limited to, for the purposes of electric generation.
Consider including minority- and woman-owned organizations in your consortium during your application. See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources: https://cityrenewables.org/resources/equity-design-considerations-for-federal-funding/
This NOFO is for Phase 1 of the program. Applicants can apply for "Tech Hub" designation, a Strategy Development grant, or both in this phase. The Phase 2 NOFO is upcoming and will be an opportunity for consortia to apply for an Implementation grant.
The Tech Hubs Program seeks to ensure that the industries of the future—and their good jobs—start, grow, and remain in the United States.