U.S. flag An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Carbon Negative Shot: Direct Air Capture (DAC) Commercial Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Purchase Pilot Prize

Open Date:


Close Date:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institutions
  • Non-profits
  • Private Sector

Program Purpose:

  • Energy Infrastructure

Reserved for Energy


Upcoming Milestones:

This prize closes and re-opens with each of its phases.


Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM)

Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


The CDR Purchase Pilot Prize marks a historic milestone for the carbon dioxide removal sector. Specifically, this prize initiates a first of a kind effort for the U.S. government to serve as the customer for carbon dioxide removal credits, supporting commercial carbon dioxide removal companies over several phases for delivery of the highest quality carbon dioxide removal technology offerings.

The prize will provide up to $35 million in cash awards in the form of offtake agreements from the federal government in four carbon dioxide removal pathways:

  • Direct air capture with storage
  • Biomass with carbon removal and storage
  • Enhanced weathering and mineralization
  • Planned or managed carbon sinks

The prize asks applicants to develop carbon dioxide purchase agreements through a pilot project delivering third-party verified carbon dioxide removal. Private entities (for-profits and nonprofits) and academic institutions who meet requirements are eligible to apply. Up to 10 teams will be chosen as grand prize winners, with each team receiving a purchase award prize of up to $3 million.

Related Resources

Additional information is available on the Resources page.

Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Direct Award
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

Scroll to Top