Who Can Apply?

CalSEED is open to California-based applicants working on early-stage innovations—from concept to basic prototype.


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

We fund a broad spectrum from science and technology to market-based innovations. CalSEED is focused on technologies that have the potential for adding value to our grid and that because of development timelines and costs, are less likely to attract private sector capital.  We look across the spectrum of hardware, software and integrated solutions. We specifically fund solutions focused on creating greater reliability, lower cost, and/or increased safety for California’s electricity grid. 


Our portfolio of awardees includes entrepreneurs working in:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Storage solutions
  • 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)


 For more information on eligibility for the 2019 Concept Award applications please see our FAQs.