MATch Energy Grant

Pursuing federal funding for your

energy or transportation technology?

There are multiple sources of federal funding for advanced energy research, development, and demonstration programs. However, applicants often have difficulty finding required matching funds, lack support in developing applications, and need commercialization services after the funding is secured. To help address those needs, NextEnergy launched the MATch (Michigan Accelerating Technologies) Energy Grant on December 1, 2012.

The MATch Energy Grant is funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and provides matching funds to eligible Michigan small businesses and university researchers applying for advanced energy- and transportation-related federal funding. Our goal is to leverage public and private resources as an incentive to drive increased federal support of Michigan advanced energy organizations. The matching funds directly support the commercialization process for applied research projects, and seek to transform federal programs into job growth for the state of Michigan.

In addition to matching funds, NextEnergy will provide federal funding application services to select companies and universities with high-quality proposals to better position them for success.

It is highly recommended that you apply for the MATch Energy Grant early in your federal grant proposal process. For more information, contact Wayne Snyder at 313.833.0100, ext. 103 or

The Process


Identify your target agency or grant program


Submit a MATch application


Work with NextEnergy to refine your proposal


Receive letter of support or financial commitment, if eligible

Award Guidelines

Organization Cost-share Commercialization
Universities N/A Base of $25K for commercialization training program and plan, and up to 5% of total grant award in incentives for achieving key commercialization milestones
Companies Starting at 20% of the total cost-share requirement (subject to negotiation)/ $30K-$50K in funding for commercialization projects (as applicable).

MATch Eligible Funding Opportunities

November 30, 2018 in Active Funding Opportunities, MATch Energy

Mar. 4, 2019: High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative

Deadline: Mar. 4, 2019 Awards: Up to $300,000 This solicitation seeks qualified industry partners to participate in short-term collaborative projects with the DOE’s national laboratories to address key manufacturing and materials challenges. Selected projects will…
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August 17, 2018 in MATch Energy, Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Aug. 23, 2018: RFI: Michigan Match Assistance Pilot Program (MMAPP)

Deadline: Open until all funds obligated, questions due regarding posting: Aug. 23, 2018 Awards: $75,000 The MEO has a pilot program that will offer matching funds to eligible Michigan businesses to develop innovative energy-efficiency and renewable energy…
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March 16, 2018 in Archived Events, MATch Energy

May 7, 2018: Preliminary Design and Techno-Economic Analysis of MWe Class Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Systems

Deadline: May 7, 2018 Awards: Up to $18.5M The mission of the DOE FE Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) program is to enable the efficient generation of low-cost electricity for (a) second-generation natural gas–fueled SOFC…
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