Solicitation Type
Grant Funding Opportunity
Solicitation Number
Solicitation Status
Awarded   (Notice of Proposed Award)
Energy Research and Development
Electric Program Investment Charge Program - EPIC
Release Date
Submission Deadline
Questions Deadline


This 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 (Energy Commission) 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. 
  • Letter of Investment Requirement: Applicants must provide proof, in the form of a commitment letter, that they have received private investment of at least 50% of the requested grant funds from an eligible entity. The private investment must have been made within 18 months of the application due date for the application round the applicant is applying for. See solicitation manual, Section I. D. subsection 3 under Letter of Private Investment Requirement for a more detailed list of eligible investment entities

Additional Information

  • Pre-Application Workshop Attendee List (See Event Page)
  • Pre-Application Workshop Presentation (See Event Page)
  • Pre-Application Workshop Recording (See Event Page)
  • Questions and Answers (See Solicitation Files)
  • Addendum 1 (See Solicitation Files)
  • Addendum 2 - The purpose of this addendum is to revise the language for Attachment 14 – Previous Project Form, match funding requirement, contingent private investment, eligible private investment, CalSEED eligibility, application submissions, Previous Project Performance Award form, and an updated date for Round 1 Submission Deadline. (See Solicitation Files)
  • Addendum 3 - The purpose of this addendum is to provide clarifications on requirements for letters of private investments, and location of demonstration sites.
  • Addendum 4 - The purpose of this addendum is to provide an updated amount of funding that is available for Rounds 3 and 4 and to revise the percentage amount for the match funding and private investment requirement under this solicitation. This addendum will update these amounts on Attachment 1 – EPIC Application Form. This addendum will also clarify submission guidelines per funding round under this Solicitation. (See Solicitation Files)
  • Addendum 5 - The purpose of this addendum is to make the following revisions to the Solicitation Manual (See Solicitation Files)
  • Notice of Proposed Award - Cover letter and results table (See Solicitation Files)
  • Notice of Proposed Award - Cover letter and results table, Round 2 (See  Solicitation Files) 

Deadline to Submit Applications

  • 1st Round
    October 30, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 2nd Round
    February 5, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Round
    June 18, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.
  • 4th Round
    October 8, 2021 - 5:00 p.m.

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