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Implementation Grant Funding Opportunity Open
IMPORTANT: The grant program operates on a rolling basis and applications may be submitted at any time, with quarterly reviews.
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Implementation Grant Funding Opportunity Open
Qualifying* small and medium-sized US manufacturers, that received IAC or Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnership assessments between 2018 and 2024, can now apply for grants for implementation of assessment recommendations up 50% of qualifying* project costs with a maximum of $300,000 per manufacturer.
IMPORTANT: The grant program now operates on a rolling basis and applications may be submitted at any time through the year, with quarterly reviews.
*See Full Grant Solicitation for full qualification and selection details.

Saving Energy and Reducing Costs at Small and Medium-sized US Manufacturers

The USDOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) can help small and medium sized US manufacturers save energy, improve productivity, and reduce waste by providing no-cost technical assessments conducted by university based teams of engineering students and faculty.

After the site visit, the IAC team provides a comprehensive report with specific details on all opportunities for improving competitiveness identified during the assessment, including applicable rebates and incentives.

The IAC program has already conducted over 21,472 assessments with more than 159,924 associated recommendations. Average recommended yearly savings is $140,357.

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IAC Assessments cover ALL manufacturing sectors

311 Food Manufacturing 1191
312 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing 272
313 Textile Mills 125
314 Textile Product Mills 70
315 Apparel Manufacturing 51
316 Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 10
321 Wood Product Manufacturing 434
322 Paper Manufacturing 362
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 239
324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 112
322 Paper Manufacturing 362
323 Printing and Related Support Activities 239
324 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 112
325 Chemical Manufacturing 692
326 Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing 1001
327 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 357
331 Primary Metal Manufacturing 541
332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1316
333 Machinery Manufacturing 799
334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 375
332 Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing 1316
333 Machinery Manufacturing 799
334 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing 375
335 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing 270
336 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing 852
337 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 224
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 322
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IAC Program History

Industrial Assessment Centers (formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Centers) were created by the Department of Commerce in 1976 in response to the oil embargo and rising energy costs. The program was specifically focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities cut back on unnecessary costs from inefficient energy use.

The IAC program was moved to the Department of Energy just after it was formed in 1978 and was later expanded to include evaluations of ineffective production procedures, excess waste production, and other production-related problems. More recent additions to the IAC program scope include improving cybersecurity awareness, exploring smart manufacturing technologies, and implementing comprehensive energy management systems.

Currently, the IAC program is administered through the Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains at the Department of Energy.

IAC Program Awards

Student Research Awards

Awarded Center/Research Title
2023 Arizona State University Arizona State University IAC: A Study on Compressed Air System Performance: Evaluating the Role of Master Controllers in Energy Efficiency and Cost Reduction
2023 University of Alabama University of Alabama IAC: Noninvasive Water Flow Measurement in Industrial Cooling Towers
2023 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee IAC: Harnessing Organic Waste Streams for Efficient Hydrogen Production and Water Treatment
2023 West Virginia University West Virginia University IAC: Energy Impact on Manufacturing Aggregate Planning for SME under Conditions of Dynamic Pricing of Utilities
2023 University of Illinois, Chicago University of Illinois, Chicago IAC: Planning and Operation Co-Optimization of PV-battery System in Manufacturing Facilities
2023 University of Dayton University of Dayton IAC: Development of a Machine-Learning Basis for Assessment of Compressed Air System Performance Conditions
2023 San Diego State University San Diego State University IAC: Application of the cold stream of a Ranque-Hilsch vortex flow for Nox reduction while using the hot air stream to enhance combustion efficiency
2023 University of Utah University of Utah IAC: Increasing the Accessibility of Industrial Electric Load Profile Data: Tools for Organization and Benchmarking

IAC Resources


IAC Case Study
IAC Assessment Protocol
The following guidelines are designed to describe the process of a typical IAC energy assessment.
View Assessment Protocol
IAC Case Study
IAC Case Studies
These case studies highlight specific assessments with notable recommendations and implementation.
View All Case Studies
IAC Case Study
IAC Related Published Papers
The IAC centers published multiple papers each years based on and inspired by IAC related activities.
View All Published Papers
IAC Case Study
IAC Technical Documents
Includes IAC program manuals, guidelines, and other related technical documents.
View All Technical Documents
IAC Centers Map
Center Code University Years of Operation
BS Boise State University 2012 - 2021
BD Bradley University 1994 - 2017
CW Case Western Reserve University 2019 - 2023
CL Clemson University 2017 - 2021
CO Colorado State University 1984 - 2022
HO Hofstra Univ. 1991 - 2000
IA Iowa State University 1991 - 2017
LM Loyola Marymount University 2001 - 2007
AT North Carolina A&T 1985 - 1989
NC North Carolina State 1993 - 2021
ND Notre Dame Univ. 1991 - 2000
OD Old Dominion Univ. 1994 - 2000
PV Prairie View, A&M 1985 - 1985
TP Prairie View, A&M 1999 - 2000
DS South Dakota State 1994 - 2000
Center Code University Years of Operation
ST Stevens Institute of Technology 1984 - 1986
KG Texas A&M, Kingsville 1994 - 1997
TS Tri-Cities University 1984 - 1986
KU Univ. of Kansas 1981 - 2000
AR University of Arkansas 1993 - 2000
UK University of Kentucky 2012 - 2021
LL University of Louisiana, Lafayette 2001 - 2012
ME University of Maine 1993 - 2000
MA University of Massachusetts 1984 - 2023
UM University of Michigan 1994 - 2017
MO University of Missouri, Rolla 1990 - 2000
NV University of Nevada 1994 - 2000
TN University of Tennessee 1982 - 2000
TA University of Texas, Arlington 2001 - 2006
WI University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 1987 - 2006
IAC State Impacts IAC Assessments by NAICS Recommendation Implementation Rates

IAC Database

A collection of all the publicly available assessment and recommendation data is available online in the Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Database. This includes information on the type of facility assessed (size, industry, energy usage, etc.) and details of resulting recommendations (type, energy & dollars savings etc.).

As of 07-21-2024, the IAC database contains: The Database can be searched by:

A Recommendation Index is available for all assessment recommendation codes (ARC) and Recommendation Implementation Rates can be charted by center, years, or state.

Nationwide locations of assessments and recommendations can be mapped using the IAC Activity Map.

Top Ten lists of assessments and recommendations can be generated for specific criteria.

The IAC database is also available for download.