FEMP Call for Innovation


With more than 350,000 buildings, the federal government is our nation's largest energy consumer. Federal agencies have a tremendous opportunity and an obligation to reduce energy and water use in their operations. The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides federal agencies and organizations with the information, tools, and assistance they need to meet and track their energy-related requirements and goals. FEMP is collaborating with the JUMP team to accelerate deployment efforts of energy efficient technologies in the federal space. This call for innovation is intended to identify near commercialization or newly commercialized innovative technologies that have the potential to realize significant energy savings if implemented in federal buildings. At this year's Energy Exchange, held August 15-17 in Tampa, FL, up to 5 finalists will have the opportunity to present on their technologies. Energy Exchange attendees will have an opportunity to vote on the most promising technologies. A team of technical judges will consider the votes and announce the winner (s) by the conclusion of Energy Exchange.

The Challenge

Identify near commercialization or newly commercialized innovative energy saving technologies that are currently underutilized in the federal building space. The technology areas open to the JUMP call are limited to:

  • Lighting equipment (luminaires), controls and sensors
  • HVAC controls and sensors. examples of technologies include fault detection and diagnostic sensors, occupancy comfort sensors, air quality sensors, among others
  • Packaged HVAC systems between 3 and 10 ton cooling capacity
  • Window films, window attachments, and wall/insulation systems.
  • Water heating and conservation technologies with tank storage capacity equal to or less than 120 gallons

For innovations in control systems, interoperability with standards based communication protocols is encouraged to facilitate rapid testing and evaluation. Technology areas that require more extensive analysis such as boilers, chillers, distributed generation/renewables, etc. will not be considered for this call. Window glazing and frame systems are also excluded.

Qualifying technologies would benefit from analysis by an independent third party with building technologies expertise, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), to facilitate and accelerate commercialization efforts.

The Award

A total award of up to $100,000 is available for the winning technology submission (s).  Up to two (2) winning technologies may earn an award, in which case the award would be split between the winning technologies.  The funding will be awarded directly to ORNL by EERE for ORNL to evaluate and validate the winning technology and its potential energy savings impact in federal buildings.  ORNL would then produce a case study report documenting the analysis results, which the idea submitter could then use to promote the technology in the building sector.

Idea Submission Deadline
Idea Submission Period Ends: Sunday, June11, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST