Apply to IMPEL
Applications are currently closed.
Please check back for our next application period, opening Fall 2023.
Eligible applicants come from a variety of backgrounds
Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses who work in the built environment space such as engineering, architecture, urban design, facilities and real estate, healthy buildings, energy services, microgrids, data science etc.
National Lab Staff who conduct building and energy research
Non-Lab Awardees who have won Federal Opportunity Announcement Awards, Small Business Awards etc.
Faculty & Graduate Students who conduct building science R&D, or from BTO-affiliated university programs such as Solar Decathlon, JUMP into STEM, and others
Building Professionals who have new building innovation program ideas
Please note that IMPEL is open only to U.S. residents.
IMPEL is changing in 2023. Hear what's new in our Webinar.
While millions of dollars are spent for R&D and small businesses for building and energy technologies, only a portion of these reach users and create value.
Learn how IMPEL can help you impel your buildings and energy innovation to market impact at the recorded webinar above. Hear straight from the organizations and people behind IMPEL, plus an exciting announcement about our new partnerships this year.
Webinar slides are also available for download here.
IMPEL Innovator FOCUS AREAS
IMPEL has a strong theory of change: support technological transformations for a zero carbon built infrastructure, that promotes equitable wellness and resilience for all. To this end, the program is based on the three tracks below.
For projects and ideas that radically reduce emissions for a zero-carbon built environment
Reduce embodied carbon
Carbon capture and storage in buildings
Nature bases solutions and alternative biogenic materials
Energy savings opportunities during extraction, manufacturing, transport, and installation of building materials and assemblies, including locally sourced and re-utilized/up-cycled materials
Reduce operational carbon
Technologies that reduce energy demand for space/water heating/cooling, lighting, and appliances
Improved energy equipment and controls
Provide energy from decarbonizing sources and implement flexible building-to-grid management.
Embrace radical circularity
Closed loop energy and water systems
Construction and demolition/agricultural/industrial waste as material banks
Life Cycle Carbon Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) methods
For projects and ideas that connect buildings, distributed energy resources, grid, and communities
Digitalize the building lifecycle
Digital design and construction, digital supply chains
Smart equipment, building, and community scale sensors and controls
Advanced data analytics
Building-to-grid load flexibility
Integration of building, renewables/ thermal and electrochemical batteries/electric vehicle /grid
Harness unique regional contexts
Machine learning on building and urban image/text/novel sources of data
Digitization and scientific scrutiny of traditional climate-suitable methods/ materials
For projects and ideas that provide equitable access to wellness in a resilient, living environment
Ventilation/filtration+energy efficient equipment
Health and environment safe materials (e.g. Low volatile organic compounds, non-endocrine-disrupting materials, etc.)
Thermal comfort and wellness technologies: Inside the building (energy/wellness technologies), Whole building (passive and active systems), Community level (urban heat/pollution mitigation)
Improve access to low-carbon and resilient energy for all communities
Enhance hard infrastructure, and nature-based infrastructure
Technologies to counter urban heat, pollution, and provide enhanced durability to natural disasters
Advance sustainable behaviors and capacity building
Up-skilling, re-skilling, training, attitude/awareness programs
Rules for Participation:
Participation in the Workshops are fully funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Candidates will be selected as "IMPEL Innovators" to participate at one IMPEL workshop, and informed at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
All IMPEL Innovators are required to review the IMPEL Resource Toolkit in advance to prepare themselves for the IMPEL Workshop.
Top IMPEL Innovators are selected after the workshops for access to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and federal/state tech-to-market programs, and opportunities with partners such as Greentown Labs' Pitch/Prize events and/or Accelerator.
Starting in 2022, IMPEL will only accept applicants who have a U.S. Residency.