About the Open Innovation Fund (OIF)

  • The OIF provides funding to demonstrate the benefits of silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) technologies in a range of products and industries.
  • Funded projects can receive up to $225,000 for up to a 12-month period from PowerAmerica, and require a 1:1 cost match from the recipient.
  • Submissions are considered on a rolling basis.
  • It is not necessary to join PowerAmerica to make a submission, but any submission selected for funding will include a requirement that all participating organizations join PowerAmerica prior to receiving funding.

How Does OIF Differ from the Call for Projects?

The OIF has no specified technical target. Instead, it offers companies operating in the United States an opportunity to propose technical targets to be met by incorporating SiC and GaN devices into products and demonstrating the system-level advantages of these technologies.

Areas of Interest for OIF projects

  • Examples include (but aren’t limited to):
    • SiC & GaN Power Devices
    • Power Conversion
    • Energy Efficiency
    • High Temperature Electronics Applications
  • Technology readiness at the proof-of-concept level should exist prior to funding. Of particular interest are projects that can accelerate product demonstrations up to the point of pilot production.

How to Submit a Project

  • Submit a non-proprietary white paper (4-5 pages max) to proposals@poweramerica.ncstate.gov. Include an estimate of the total cost of the project, the proposed use of PowerAmerica’s funds, and how costs will be matched 1:1 by the organization.
  • Proposals are strongly encouraged to include teams in which one or more participants is a likely customer of the product or systems to be improved by SiC or GaN technology. Those interested in teaming with a current PowerAmerica academic partner can find contact information here


Contact Jim LeMunyon, Director of Membership and Industry Relations, at Jim_LeMunyon@ncsu.edu.