Who Can Apply?

CalSEED is open to applicants working on early stage innovationsfrom concept to basic prototype. Designed to provide benefit to California residents, entrepreneurs in California are especially encouraged to apply.


What Types of Innovations Will CalSEED Fund?

We’re looking for very early stage innovations, including:

  • Before a prototype has been developed
  • Ideas that still need to be market tested
  • Concepts that have not begun to earn revenue

A broad spectrum from science and technology to market-based innovations, such as:

  • Applied research
  • Innovative applications of existing technology
  • Addressing energy problems in disadvantaged communities

Solutions focused on creating greater reliability, lower cost, reducing emissions and/or increased safety for California’s electricity grid. For example:

  • Storage solutions
  • Energy efficiency
  • Lighting
  • Consumer adoption
  • Power plant improvements
  • Increased use or improved applications of smart inverters; 
  • System and/or home modeling tools
  • Heating/cooling energy efficiency 
  • Smart Grid components
  • Generation (e.g., Solar, Bioenergy, Wind, and Geothermal)

Additionally, we will highlight priority technology areas that are of particular importance to advancing clean energy in the state during certain award cycles.

Award recipients will be required to agree to certain contractual terms and conditions.