American-Made Challenges

Empowering American innovators to lead the Clean Energy Revolution.

There’s a new Dream for America. It’s about opportunity, environmental justice, and economic renewal.

This dream is becoming a reality through a series of prize programs, where innovators have a chance to win cash prizes for ideas that advance U.S. leadership in renewable energy.

Everyone can play a role in today’s American dream and it’s as easy to get started.

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Prize Challenges

Solve prize challenges that will advance energy technologies and business models and increase manufacturing at scale.

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Meet DOE national laboratories, accelerator, incubator, university, and facility partners seeking to support American innovation.

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Become a rewarded “connector” and put your expertise to work helping others create technology solutions and build businesses.

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The exact resources you need, exactly when you need them.

Innovators in our challenges are supported by the American-Made Network; a true innovation engine of experienced organizations across the country who are ready and able to help innovators thrive and be successful in prize programs and beyond.

Hear what other innovators are saying:

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The funding is accessible to more diverse kinds of companies, not just people that know how to apply to the traditional grant processes.
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Million in Prizes

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Get rewarded for doing your part in the Clean Energy Revolution.

For innovators

American-Made Challenges offer cash and voucher prize opportunities for innovators and reward innovators by lowering barriers and shortening cycles of learning from years to weeks.

For connectors

American-Made Challenges offer incentives and recognition for connectors that support our mission.

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Clean energy is our future

Renewables are projected to generate nearly 30% of all electricity generation in the United States by 2040.
Annual Energy Outlook 2016

The United States has set a goal to reach 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035.
FACT SHEET: President Biden Sets 2030 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Target Aimed at Creating Good-Paying Union Jobs and Securing U.S. Leadership on Clean Energy Technologies

This progress leads to job creation and environmental justice for all.

Bring your ingenuity and creative spirit and help us build for the future.

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