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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, and Future Grid (see below). Refer to the full funding opportunity for all eligibility requirements and application information.

As the number of electric vehicles (EV) connecting to the grid increases, the Grid Modernization program is also 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. Read more about PON 5354: Vehicle Grid Integration Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., a $12 million initiative administered by NYSERDA, and to learn about the specific focus areas and proposal due dates.

Future Grid Challenge

This funding opportunity 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 – Open Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
    • Proposal Due Date: October 26, 2023 3:00 PM EST


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


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