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Grid Modernization Program


Smart grid technologies promote the modernization of the electric grid, including the use of renewable and distributed energy resources, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and lower operating costs. With a smart grid, New Yorkers will have access to a more affordable electricity and a more resilient and reliable energy system.

To further the research and development of a smarter grid, NYSERDA has provided funding for these related smart grid opportunities: Distributed Energy Resource Integration, High Performing Grid, Future Grid and Vehicle to Grid Integration (see below). Refer to the full funding opportunity for all eligibility requirements and application information.


Future Grid Challenge

PON 4393: Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. seeks innovative solutions that solve challenge areas defined by members of the Joint Utilities of New York and NYSERDA. Please join our mailing list to be notified of the next round opening.

Who Should Apply

NYSERDA welcomes proposals from organizations adept at product development, demonstration projects, and research studies. Teaming is encouraged to match skill sets that meet the needs of the challenges. 

Submissions are being accepted up until:

  • Round 1 - Closed
  • Round 2 - Closed
  • Round 3 - Closed
  • Round 4 - Closed


Christopher Cheng at [email protected] or 518-862-1090 x3436


Vehicle Grid Integration Program

PON 5354: Vehicle Grid Integration Program Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. involves the Grid Modernization program working closely with NYSERDA’s Clean Transportation team to help develop and demonstrate solutions that address technical, economic, and other barriers to increasing electric vehicle adoption, grid flexibility and EV integration with the electric grid.

Who Should Apply

NYSERDA welcomed proposals from organizations adept at product development and demonstration projects. Teaming was encouraged to match skill sets that met the needs of the challenges.

Submissions were being accepted up until:

  • Round 1 – Concept Papers - Closed
  • Round 1 – Full Proposals - Closed


Bob Mack at [email protected] or 518-862-1090 x3436


Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Federal Funding (GridFedFun)

This federal funding opportunity will be targeted. Eligible projects will improve the resilience of the electric grid against disruptive events and will invest in decarbonization solutions and other technologies that support social benefits and minimize system costs. The grant funding will support energy systems that benefit disadvantaged communities, reduce the energy burden to disadvantaged communities, and increase the skilled workforce.

Who Should Apply 

Submissions dates and deadlines will be announced soon.


Hafiz Bello at [email protected] or 518-862-1090 x3233

Read about Grid Modernization as a focus area for Innovation@NYSERDA.