Alpha Program

The Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority’s (CEFIA) Alpha Program provides financing to help technology innovators and entrepreneurs advance development and commercialization of emerging clean energy technologies. The goal is to support growth of Connecticut’s clean energy industry, resulting in job creation, reduction in clean energy costs, environmental benefits and enhanced energy security.


The Alpha Program funds development and testing to establish the technical viability and commercial potential of promising, early-stage technologies.


The Alpha Program is one of CEFIA’s Technology Innovation Programs. For an overview of these programs, see

The Alpha Program offers funding in two phases: a Phase 1 grant of up to $50,000 for Engineering Design and Development, and a Phase 2 loan of up to $150,000 for Prototype Construction and Testing. The grant requires a 25% funding match and the loan requires a one-third funding match. The Program is run as a competitive solicitation with two funding rounds per year. See the Program Announcements section below for important program dates.


If you have developed a new technology (or an innovative application of an existing technology), please complete the Technology Innovation Programs Pre-Qualification Survey to receive feedback on which program you may be eligible for.  Eligible technology areas and other minimum eligibility requirements are summarized on the Technology Innovation Programs Web page,, from which you can download the Pre-Qualification Survey.  Please note that applicants must first submit a Pre-Qualification Survey before applying to the programs. 


If you appear to be eligible for the Alpha Program, you will be encouraged to submit a full application by downloading program documentation from the “Program Guidelines and Application Materials” section below. The key documents are the Program Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Application Form.


Program Announcements

  • The previous funding round of the Alpha Program closed on June 15, 2011. The next round is anticipated to open in early 2012.


Program Guidelines and Application Materials

The Alpha Program Guidelines, Application Instructions, and Application Form are provided at the links below. We recommend that you read through all of the program documentation before beginning work on your full application.


Links to Important Information 

  • Technology Innovation Programs Fact Sheet – COMING SOON