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Win Funding: How to Write a Competitive Proposal Workshop - 235th Electrochemical Society Meeting, Dallas TX May 27, 2019

The workshop is offered in the context of the Professional Development Program of the Electrochemical Society. Should you plan to attend the ECS meeting and if your career trajectory and/or the success of your organization hinges on leveraging government grants, make sure you check it out.

New NSF SBIR Successes - March 2019

Beyond The Dome, Inc. and Coreshell Technologies, Inc. have both received a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase I award.

Beyond The Dome, a San Francisco, CA based start-up will develop a process to cleanly and completely destroy organic waste, extract more resources and energy from sludge and biosolids at wastewater treatment plants while considerably reducing the amount of biosolids that need to be shipped off-site for disposal. The process has the potential to reduce the amount of biosolids that need to be shipped off-site and landfilled by up to 85% as well as completely destroy odors and pathogens.

Sophie Mancuso, CEO of Beyond The Dome commented: “I thoroughly enjoyed working with Michel. His very candid and direct feedback was incredibly valuable. Michel not only helps producing good proposals, he coaches very well. I learned a lot from the process and highly recommend working with him.”

Based in Richmond, CA Coreshell Technologies will demonstrate the effectiveness of its unique lithium-ion battery electrode coating technology. Using a roll-to-roll process that can be seamlessly integrated into existing battery manufacturing lines, the proposed technology has the promise to deliver greater initial capacity, greater depth-of-charge over equivalent cycle-life, reduced manufacturing costs and, ultimately, the potential to reduce lithium-ion battery cost per kWh by 25% or more. For more details visit NSF at:

Roger Basu, CTO of Coreshell Technologies stated: "We're ecstatic to receive this NSF Phase I award, as it provides exactly the resources needed to achieve our next key technical milestones. Before working with Berkeley Grant Writing, our record with grant proposals was quite poor; now we’re at 100% success, with hopefully more to come!”

New Success for Berkeley Grant Writing LLC Client - November 2018

Berkeley Grant Writing LLCs client Saratoga Energy Research Partners LLC ( has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase II award ( This is now the eighth grant received by Saratoga Energy in a bit more than two years! Saratoga Energy is a start-up based in Berkeley developing a breakthrough electrolysis process to manufacture low-cost and high-performance graphite and carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide.

According to the NSF announcement: “The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) project is multilayered. There is the potential for creation of a carbon nanotubes manufacturing industry in the United States that will create hundreds of high-paying domestic manufacturing jobs advance U.S. leadership and knowledge in industrial electrochemistry… This SBIR Phase II project proposes to 1) electrochemically characterize carbon nanotubes as a cathode conductive additive for high-performance lithium-ion battery applications and 2) construct a small pilot-scale carbon nanotube manufacturing unit capable of producing 1 kg of product per day for retail distribution. Saratoga Energy Research Partners, LLC (Saratoga Energy), has developed a high-selectivity electrochemical process to convert carbon dioxide into carbon nanotubes. In the work conducted thus far, Saratoga Energy has established that its carbon nanotubes can be manufactured at a cost ~50X cheaper than the market price for state-of-the-art battery-grade carbon nanotubes.”

Delighted at the news of this new award, Drew Reid, CEO of Saratoga Energy stated: “We are thrilled to receive this new NSF award. Working with Berkeley Grant Writing has been a critical to Saratoga Energy's success with grants.”

The Art and Science of Writing Successful Proposals - Joint Genome Institute - Walnut Creek, CA - June 12, 2018

This workshop is part of series prepared for Department of Energy labs. They are organized by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Human Resources Department in the context of professional development for postdoctoral scholars.

Grant Writing 101 Workshop - Electrochemical Society Meeting - Seattle, WA - May 16, 2018

Berkeley Grant Writing LLC  will offer a workshop on the art and science of research grant writing at the coming Electrochemical Society spring meeting in Seattle on May 16. Should you plan to attend the ECS meeting and if your career trajectory and/or the success of your organization hinges on leveraging government grants, make sure you check it out. The workshop is offered in the context of the Electrochemical Society Professional Development program.

Writing a Successful Grant (Oct. 2017)

Workshop presented at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory on October 12, 2017.


New string of successes for Berkeley Grant Writing LLC’s client (Aug. 2017)

Berkeley Grant Writing LLC is delighted to report that its client Saratoga Energy (, continuing its streak of successes, has been awarded three new R&D grants in 2017. Saratoga Energy is a start-up based in Berkeley developing a breakthrough electrolysis process to manufacture low-cost and high-performance graphite and carbon nanotubes from carbon dioxide. The new awards are as follow:

1.       Department of Energy FY2017 SBIR Phase I grant ($150,000) to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon nanotubes to prepare thick electrodes for high-energy batteries for electric vehicles.

2.       Department of Energy FY2017 Phase II grant ($1 million) to optimize its process to manufacture graphite from carbon dioxide and demonstrate fast-charging ability in large format lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.

3.       California Energy Commission CalSEED grant ($150,000) to demonstrate the use of carbon nanotubes for low-cost, extremely durable and safe lithium-ion batteries for grid storage applications.

These awards come after the four others previously reported:

-          a Department of Energy (DOE) SBIR Phase I

-          a Small Business Voucher from DOE Vehicles Technologies with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

-          a Small Business Voucher from DOE Advanced Manufacturing with Oak Ridge National Lab

-          a NSF SBIR Phase I

This series of seven awards in a row in for seven applications submitted in less than two years represents an exceptional and perhaps unprecedented feat in the extremely competitive business of government grants.

A year and a half year ago, while considering hiring the services of Berkeley Grant Writing LLC, Drew Reid, CEO of Saratoga Energy commented that he “had not had much success with grants.”  This has changed. A perfect score of seven awards for seven proposals filed. Winning a research grant obviously requires an innovative technical idea and the potential to be disruptive in the market place. But the proposal needs also to be show cased in the most compelling light: this is how Berkeley Grant Writing helps to differentiate its clients proposals from the crowd.


New Research Grant Successes (Aug. 2016)

A couple of months ago, Berkeley Grant Writing announced that, for its very first project, it was able to assist its (also first) client to obtain their first DOE SBIR grant. We now can reveal that this client was Saratoga Energy ( In 2016, Berkeley Grant Writing has assisted Saratoga Energy in winning over $500,000 in DOE awards. Saratoga Energy is a start-up based in Berkeley developing a breakthrough electrolysis process to manufacture low-cost and high-performance graphite from carbon dioxide.

In a next step, Berkeley Grant Writing was able to help Saratoga Energy to obtain two Small Business Vouchers ( as just communicated by DOE. The mission of the DOE Small Business Voucher Program is to provide U.S. small businesses with unparalleled access to the expertise and facilities of its national laboratories. The first Small Business Voucher was on the Vehicles track. Saratoga Energy will be working with Dr. Vince Battaglia, Head of the Energy Storage Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Berkeley Lab Energy Storage Group is one of the world's leading centers for advanced battery research ( Dr. Battaglia’s lab is widely considered as the leader in the field of electrode characterization and cell failure analysis. The objective of this voucher will be to demonstrate the performance of Saratoga Energy graphite in an optimized full cell as well as to confirm its exceptional charge-rate capabilities.

The second Small Business Voucher, on the Advanced Manufacturing track, is aimed at identifying an energy-efficient process suitable for high-throughput purification of the graphite manufactured by Saratoga Energy’s patented route. For this voucher, Saratoga Energy will harness the expertise of Drs.  Cristian Contescu and Nidia Gallego of Oak Ridge National Laboratory. ORNL has the nation’s most comprehensive materials research program and is a world leader in research that supports the development of advanced materials for energy generation, storage, and use ( The Carbon and Composites Group of the Division of Materials Science and Technology has a remarkable set of core capabilities that directly relate to Saratoga Energy needs to develop a unique purification process for its graphite material.

Totally unrelated to the above projects and grants, Berkeley Grant Writing recently also worked closely with Research Scientist Dr. Emma Stewart, Deputy of the Grid Integration Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The Grid Integration Group studies the infrastructure that is compatible with requirements of electric system grid operators and electric utility companies while serving the loads and needs of electricity customers ( In this effort, Berkeley Grant Writing assisted in the development of two concept papers for the ENERGISE DOE Solicitation. The goal of this DOE initiative is to help software developers, solar companies, and utilities accelerate the integration of solar energy into the grid ( As a result of Berkeley Grant Writing assistance, in a key step, the two concept papers submitted by the PI were “encouraged” and Dr. Stewart will submit full proposals.






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