Programs

Our entrepreneur, small business, and researcher support programs

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds’ Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) program operates in conjunction with UW CoMotion’s mentors program.  Our EIR advises entrepreneurs and early-stage, cleantech startup companies on: team formation, product development, strategic marketing, fundraising, manufacturing strategy, and business development. Weekly office hours are free and open to aspiring and established cleantech entrepreneurs and business teams. 

Scott Case

Scott Case

Scott Case joined the Testbeds after 10 years at EnergySavvy, a company that built software for electric and natural gas utilities to manage and analyze their energy efficiency programs and customer engagement. Case led product and company strategy, helped raise five funding rounds and ran the M&A process that led to its acquisition by Tendril, now Uplight.

To schedule a meeting with Scott, contact eirwcet@uw.edu

Investor-in-Residence

The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds has partnered with cleantech investment group, E8 Angels [hyperlink], to establish an Investor-in-Residence (IIR) program. The IIR provides free consultations on funding proposals, investor pitches, financial strategy, fundraising, and strategic partnerships to cleantech entrepreneurs and startups via regular office hours. 

Jeff Canin

Jeff Canin

Jeff Canin is a member of the Board of Directors at E8, a cleantech-oriented angel investment group, and a co-manager of E8’s venture fund. Jeff’s career includes extensive experience in financial services and venture capital. His current efforts are focused on providing advisory services to early-stage companies and university technology commercialization spinouts.  

Grant Support

The Testbeds management, staff, and network partners are experienced grant writers and reviewers.  Researchers with aligned technical goals can receive dedicated support for research grants from federal and state agencies, as well as small business opportunities such as SBIR and STTR grants.  Contact wcet@uw.edu to learn more. 

Researchers preparing proposals that utilize the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds are welcome to draw from the following text: The Washington Clean Energy Testbeds is a 15,000 square-foot facility designed to assist in the scale-up, prototyping, testing, and validating of clean energy innovations. The Testbeds are used by faculty, students, and researchers at the state’s leading companies and research institutions, as well as innovative clean energy startup companies from around the United States.

The expert staff and specially-designed facility allow researchers to test materials and develop functional devices at scales from that of a lab bench to a commercial solar panel or battery stack. Furthermore, hardware and software operating systems can be tested for deployment at the utility scale. The lab-to-industry line of sight is supported by the three integrated disciplines of the Testbeds: research and training, scale-up and characterization, and systems integration.

The purpose of the Testbeds is to reduce the capital and risk associated with research and technology transfer from the lab to industry, enabling researcher to maximize the value of grant awards and investment dollars as their discoveries build toward new commercial opportunities. The Testbeds house a community of researchers from academia and industry in close proximity to other cutting-edge research facilities at the University of Washington. This allows individual teams of investigators to pursue the next advancement while building partnerships with other inventors and institutions, including external partners like Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and various other universities.

F&A Rate for Research Proposals that Rely on WCET

Grant proposals of University of Washington investigators whose primary site of research is the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds may be eligible for the off-campus overhead rate (26%).  The Clean Energy Institute has a procedure for supporting grant applicants seeking an off-campus rate based on their use of the facility. Our screening is based on the following evidence of substantial use.

All proposals must meet the following two criteria:

1.    Centrality of WCET to proposal: The Facilities and Resources section for the proposal must clearly indicate that WCET facilities are central to the proposal.

2.    Budget must include a “Facility Access Fee” to demonstrate to UW that the work is primarily being done at WCET and warrants the off-campus overhead rate. Users paying this fee are given access to a “hot desk” and use of all shared spaces (classroom, meeting rooms). Users can upgrade to reserved desks and offices (if available) at the standard price less the cost of a hot desk, which will have been covered by the initial fee. This fee will be charged as object code 03-80 and will show up in UW’s MyFD as “RENTALS-BLDGS & SPACE.” The PIs will be responsible for ensuring that this charge is allowed by their funding agency.  WCET can provide reasonable support/justification for the charge.  Access fees are REQUIRED for all new proposals seeking to use the off-campus overhead rate and access privileges will be assigned to specific individuals on that grant. Access fees cover single FTEs (faculty, staff, postdocs) and 0.5 FTEs (grad students).  No other subdivisions are allowed. The access fee is $440/month for 1.0 FTEs and $220/month for 0.5 FTEs.

If your proposal meets the two criteria listed above, we will provide a letter supporting the request for an Off-Campus Rate. Please contact wcet@uw.edu for more details.