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Cable Conductor Manufacturing Prize

Help electrify innovation! The three-stage CABLE Conductor Manufacturing Prize offers up to $4.5-million in cash prizes. Learn more!

U.S. Department of Energy

Total Cash Prizes Offered: $4,500,000
Type of Challenge: Technology demonstration and hardware
Submission Start: 2021/03/2021 9:00 AM ET
Submission End: 08/03/2021 05:00 PM ET


Key Dates:

  • Stage I Submission Open: Mar. 17, 2021
  • Stage I Submission Close: Aug. 3, 2021
  • Stage I Winners Announcement: Sep. 2021 (anticipated)
  • Stage II Submission Open: Nov. 2021 (anticipated)
  • Stage II Submission Close: Aug. 2022 (anticipated)
  • Stage II Winners Announcement: Sep. 2022 (anticipated)
  • Stage III Contest Begins: Nov. 2022 (anticipated)
  • Stage III Contest Submission Close: Sep. 2023 (anticipated)
  • Stage III Winners Announcement: Oct. 2023 (anticipated)


Stage I: Up to 10 winners each will receive $25,000 in cash awards and a stipend for third-party testing of their material in Stage II of the prize. Stage II: Up to 6 competitors each will win $200,000 in cash awards and $100,000 in noncash voucher support to work with a DOE national laboratory or other American-Made Challenges Network provider in Stage III. Stage III: Up to 4 competitors will split a total prize pool of at least $2,000,000.


The rules for the CABLE Prize can be found here:


Judging Criteria

Please review the official rules for the judging criteria here:

How to Enter

Competitors can enter on the HeroX platform:

Point of Contact

Have feedback or questions about this challenge? Send the challenge manager an email