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Industry Challenge

To assist the nation with responding to and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic and the unique role that America’s innovators play in unlocking technologies to address the nation’s health, safety, and manufacturing needs, EDA is developing a CARES Act innovation and entrepreneurship challenge.

In the coming weeks, EDA will announce this exciting challenge and funding opportunity.

EDA is proud to support communities working to build businesses and jobs of the future, and encourages interested stakeholders to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook and sign up for EDA’s newsletter to receive updates on our CARES Act work and the release of this exciting funding opportunity.

The Department of Energy has partnered with EDA to provide $4 million in funding to pilot this year’s exciting new Industry Challenge, which seeks to support entrepreneurship and accelerate company growth within the Blue Economy for the FY20 cycle. View the FY20 Industry Challenge grantees here.

For the purposes of this Industry Challenge, the blue economy includes freshwater as well as marine activities, and can include lines of business directly connected to oceans, rivers, or other freshwater and marine waterways. Sectors may include, but are not limited to, aquaculture, irrigation, filtration, water-technology, offshore wind, or marine conservation. Eligible entities from across the country are encouraged to apply.

The FY20 Industry Challenge will award grants to organizations who are…

  • Supporting commercialization of these technologies
  • Improving competitiveness of these startups
  • Increasing connectivity and collaboration between these stakeholders
  • Leveraging the blue economy to support innovation and job creation

Organizations that may not fit the technology interests of this year’s Industry Challenge are encouraged to consider the Venture Challenge, which supports entrepreneurship and commercialization in all high-tech industries.

Applicant Resources


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Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Build To Scale (B2S)
formerly Regional Innovation Strategies Program (RIS)

SPRINT Challenge

STEM Talent Challenge

Accelerate R2 Network Challenge

National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE)

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