The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Technologies Office (AMMTO) is launching a new prize, called the American-Made Re-X Before Recycling Prize, to transform linear supply chains—the traditional model in which we make a thing, use it, and throw it away—into circular ones.
The Re-X Before Recycling Prize seeks innovations to unlock new or expanded supply chains that can reintegrate end-of-use products into the economy. Through three prize phases—Identify!, Prepare!, and Develop!—eligible teams will compete to design new ways to reuse, repair, refurbish, remanufacture, and/or repurpose goods to give them multiple lives.
Administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the prize will reward selected competitors up to $700,000 in cash and $105,000 in technical assistance from national laboratory experts, who will help teams analyze and maximize their ideas’ potential environmental and economic impacts. The application deadline for the first phase of this prize will be March 12, 2024.