The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) is interested in establishing one or more Proof-of-Concept Centers (POCC) in New York State. The POCC Initiative is built on the understanding that scalable startup companies are engines of both technology commercialization and economic growth; universities in New York are conducting a significant amount of energy-related R&D; the transition of the R&D to scalable business startups happens infrequently; changes in university-ecosystem engagement can increase the rate of startup formation and the likelihood of startup success; and, there is a key gap at the “Proof-of- Concept” stage of product development. The goal of the program is to provide early-stage investments and services to enable the development and validation of promising clean energy technologies that are, or will become, the platform for start-up companies located in New York State.
The objective of this solicitation is to select one or more teams that will design and implement sustainable programs that: (1) Accelerate the commercialization of innovations out of research institutions and into the marketplace, particularly through startups; (2) Match emerging clean energy technologies that have scalable commercialization potential, based on real market need, with the investment community; and, (3) Establish sustainable regional innovation ecosystems of potential investors and entrepreneurs in clean energy technologies and solidify the research institution linkages to them.
The maximum award is $5 million with a contract period of five years. Cost sharing is required. The funding is viewed as an investment in the establishment of a long lasting POCC program. The demonstrated commitment of the POCC team to the long-term sustainability of the program is a very important component of proposal evaluation.
Letter of Intent: Proposing teams are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to the address below no later than June 6, 2012. Indicate your proposal Category (A or B). To the extent known, identify in the LOI the members of the proposing team. The LOI should be signed by an individual in the position to contractually commit the lead organization of the proposing team. Refer to Attachment C.
Proposal Submission: Proposers must submit ten (10) printed copies and one (1) electronic copy on Compact disc (CD) of the Complete Proposal, with a completed and signed Proposal Checklist attached to the front of each copy, one of which must contain an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:
Roseanne Viscusi, PON 2537 NYS Energy Research and Development Authority 17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399
If you have technical questions concerning this solicitation, contact Jeff Peterson at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3288 or email@example.com. Contractual questions should be directed to: Nancy Marucci at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3335, or
Informational Webinar: 2:00 pm; May 23, 2012 Mandatory Letter of Intent to Propose Due: June 6, 2012 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time* Complete Proposals Due: July 18, 2012 by 5:00 PM Eastern Timefirstname.lastname@example.org. No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Jeff Peterson (Designated Contact) at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3288 or email@example.com. Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.
*Late proposals and proposals lacking the appropriate completed and signed Proposal Checklist may be returned. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA location other than the address above. If changes are made to this solicitation, notification will be posted on NYSERDA’s web site at www.nyserda.ny.gov.
Mandatory Letter of Intent to Propose Due: June 6, 2012 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time*
Complete Proposals Due: July 18, 2012 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time*