US Department of Energy

DE-FOA-0001711: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)”
DE-FOA-0001634 – Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program
DE-FOA-0001713 – Plasma Science Facilities
DE-FOA-0001738 – SENSOR SBIR/STTR
DE-FOA-0001737: Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR)
DE-FOA-0001678 – Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships
DE-FOA-0001727 – Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS)
DE-FOA-0001643 – Regional Energy Technology Innovation Ecosystems Characterization Assessments
DE-FOA-0001715 – Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities Including University Coal Research (UCR) and Research by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI)
DE-FOA-0001628 – “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK)”
DE-FOA-0001663 – Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development and Advancement
DE-FOA-0001629 – Fiscal Year 2017 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
DE-FOA-0001465: Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration
DE-FOA-0001703 – Innovative Pathways FOA
DE-FOA-0001639: Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement
DE-FOA-0001726: Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER)
DE-FOA-0001674 – Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing
DE-FOA-0001708: Notice of Intent (NOI) for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001628 “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK)”
DE-FOA-0001707: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001689 “Integrated Biorefinery Optimization” 
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs – TOPICS
DE-FOA-0001647: Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual FOA
DE-FOA-0001670 – Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Integrated Simulation Partnerships in Fusion Energy Sciences
DE-FOA-0001601 – Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies
DE-FOA-0001688: Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research
DE-FOA-0001649: Solar Forecasting II
DE-FOA-0001640: Technology to Market 3 (Incubator 12, SolarMat 5)
DE-FOA-0001428: Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)
DE-FOA-0001680 – Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001647
DE-FOA-0001518 – Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages
DE-FOA-0001650 – Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts
DE-FOA-0001664 – FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program 
DE-FOA-0001658 – Solar Forecasting II
DE-FOA-0001656 – SunShot Technology to Market: Incubator Round 12, SolarMat Round 5
DE-FOA-0001657 – Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) 2: Modules and Systems
DE-FOA-0001515 – Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research
DE-FOA-0001624 – Measurement Innovations for Magnetic Fusion Systems
DE-FOA-0001623: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001461
DE-FOA-0001594 – Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing 
DE-FOA-0001579 – Next-Generation Transformers – Flexible Designs
DE-FOA-0001594- Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing
DE-FOA-0001578 – Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing
DE‐FOA‐0001578 – Notice of Intent- Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing
C-NOFO-16-100 – U.S.-South India Renewable Energy Innovation Challenge
DE-FOA-0001588 – Research, Development and Training in Isotope Production
DE-FOA-0001495 – Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE)
DE-FOA-0001513 – Industrial Assessment Centers
Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) Program
DE-FOA-0001563 – Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids (REFUEL) (SBIR/STTR)
DE-FOA-0001562 – Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids (REFUEL)
DE-FOA-0001538 – Methane Emissions Mitigation and Quantification from Natural Gas Infrastructure
Small Business Vouchers Pilot
DE- FOA-0001528 – Computational Materials Sciences
DE-FOA-0001498 – Collaborative Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences on International Long-Pulse Superconducting Tokamaks
DOE Unsolicited Proposals
DE-FOA-0001514 – Energy Frontier Research Centers
DE-FOA-0001530 – Climate Model Development and Validation
DE-FOA-0001496 – State Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies II – State Energy Strategies (SEEDSII-SES)
DE‐FOA‐0001433 – Mega-Bio: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels
DE-FOA-0001376 – Mineral Recovery Phase II – Geothermal Concepts And Approaches To Validate Extraction
DE-FOA-0001463 – Radiochemistry Summer School
DE-FOA-0001384: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement
DE-FOA-0001434: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels (No. DE-FOA-0001433)
DE-FOA-0001471: Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY2)
DE-FOA-0001434: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels
DE-FOA-0001482 – Earth System Modeling
DE-FOA-0001383 – Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016
DE-FOA-0001412 – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Demonstrations
DE-FOA-0001458: Systems Biology Enabled Research on the Roles of Microbial Communities in Carbon Cycle Processes
DE-FOA-0001395: Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation
DE-FOA-0001444: Plant Feedstock Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research
DE-FOA-0001438: FY2016 Research Opportunities in Accelerator Stewardship
DE-FOA-0001437: Environmental System Science
DE-FOA-0001425: Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Designs (SHIELD)
DE-FOA-0001431: Atmospheric System Research Program – New Data Products
DE-FOA-0001400: Sunshot Technology to Market (Incubator Round 11, Solarmat Round 4)
DE-FOA-0001282: Scientific Infrastructure Support for Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research
Berkeley Cleantech University Prize (CUP)
SPOTIR-0000018: Technologist-In-Residence Pilot: Laboratory Call for Proposals
DOE-FOA-0000704: In-Water Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) Device Testing Support
DE-FOA-0001002: Innovative Development in Energy-Applied Science (IDEAS)
Request for Information (RFI): High Impact Commercial Building Technology Deployment
DE-FOA-0000966 – Notice of Intent: Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator: Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies
DE-FOA-0001069: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement
No. DE-FOA-0001016 “Low Temperature Mineral Recovery Program”
EERE Unsolicited Proposals
SunShotFellowships Website
DE-FOA-0001711: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)”

Application Due Date: TBD

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) intends to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).”
The RFA will address USDA and DOE programmatic objectives, administrative roles, and areas of interest in implementing Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grants. Section 9001(a) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246) re-authorized the BRDI competitive grants program by amending section 9008 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), as amended, (Pub. L. 107-171) (7 U.S.C. 8108). Collaboration between USDA and DOE on BRDI is directed under section 9008(e) (1) of FSRIA, as amended. Additionally, DOE provides funds guided by certain administrative provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Section 9008(e)(3) of FSRIA provides direction and guidance on the technical areas as described in BRDI.

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DE-FOA-0001634 – Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program

Application Due Date: April 30, 2017

The Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Program was established in 2002 to support state-of-the-art research at U.S. academic institutions in areas of fundamental physical science and technology of relevance to the SSP mission. The SSAA Program provides the research experience necessary to maintain a cadre of trained scientists at U.S. universities to meet the nation’s current and future SSP needs, with a focus on those areas not supported by other federal agencies. It supports the DOE/NNSA’s priorities both to address the workforce specific needs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and to support the next generation of professionals who will meet those needs.

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DE-FOA-0001713 – Plasma Science Facilities 

 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: March 17, 2017
Full Paper Submission Deadline: TBD

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program in the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving cooperative agreement proposals for research and operation of, and/or construction of, intermediate-scale facilities for frontier plasma science research. User facilities are sought that can address frontier plasma science questions in multiple research areas identified in the 2015 Frontiers of Plasma Science Workshops report. Specific research areas of interest include: *plasma dynamo (generation and amplification of magnetic fields); *magnetic reconnection (topological changes of the magnetic field lines); *particle acceleration by shocks, turbulence, and/or magnetic reconnection; *turbulent cascade and dissipation of energy in magnetized plasmas; and *formation of coherent structures in magnetized plasmas. Consistent with the recommendation made in the 2007 National Research Council report (Plasma Science: Advancing Knowledge in the National Interest by the Plasma 2010 Committee) and intermediate-scale research needs identified in the 2015 Frontiers of Plasma Science Workshops report, the goal of this FOA is to steward research that cannot be adequately addressed through small-scale, single-investigator projects (e.g., table-top experiments) and requires intermediate-scale facilities (e.g., experimental facilities larger than can be easily fielded by a single investigator but smaller than those at the larger national research installations). Excluded from this call are mainstream magnetic fusion energy research facilities (such as advanced tokamak, spherical torus, and stellarator) as well as inertial confinement fusion facilities (such as convergent laser-driven systems and z-pinches).

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DE-FOA-0001738 – SENSOR SBIR/STTR 

 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: March 17, 2017 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

This program aims to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling residential buildings (by 30%) via user-transparent sensor systems that accurately sense human presence (not merely motion). This program also aims to reduce energy usage in commercial buildings (also by 30%) by enabling ventilation control based on sensor systems that can accurately count the number of humans in a pre-determined zone. If these sensing technologies can be widely deployed with disruptively low price targets and failure rates, a significantly lower usage of energy will result without impact to comfort of the occupants of the space. Heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) reduction is only one way energy can be saved; such human presence sensing and people counting will enable drastic improvements in the way buildings communicate with and respond to their occupants.

The accuracy, reliability, and cost requirements to deliver such substantial energy savings are far beyond the limits of sensor systems available today. However, ARPA-E believes that by building on recent trends in improved performance and reduced cost in low-power consumer electronics and wireless communication technologies, it is possible to achieve the required performance levels through a focused push in the SENSOR program. Supporting systems currently exist (i.e., thermostats/controls, variable air volume systems, etc.) that could utilize data from such sensor systems to achieve the program’s energy reduction targets today, with only slight modifications. In order to ensure impact for the new sensor systems, significant adoption barriers must be identified and clearly understood, technical paths to overcome these barriers must be defined, and real-world performance of these technical solutions validated.

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 DE-FOA-0001737: Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition (SENSOR)

 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: March 17, 2017 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

This program aims to dramatically reduce the amount of energy used for heating and cooling residential buildings (by 30%) via user-transparent sensor systems that accurately sense human presence (not merely motion). This program also aims to reduce energy usage in commercial buildings (also by 30%) by enabling ventilation control based on sensor systems that can accurately count the number of humans in a pre-determined zone. If these sensing technologies can be widely deployed with disruptively low price targets and failure rates, a significantly lower usage of energy will result without impact to comfort of the occupants of the space. Heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) reduction is only one way energy can be saved; such human presence sensing and people counting will enable drastic improvements in the way buildings communicate with and respond to their occupants.

The accuracy, reliability, and cost requirements to deliver such substantial energy savings are far beyond the limits of sensor systems available today. However, ARPA-E believes that by building on recent trends in improved performance and reduced cost in low-power consumer electronics and wireless communication technologies, it is possible to achieve the required performance levels through a focused push in the SENSOR program. Supporting systems currently exist (i.e., thermostats/controls, variable air volume systems, etc.) that could utilize data from such sensor systems to achieve the program’s energy reduction targets today, with only slight modifications. In order to ensure impact for the new sensor systems, significant adoption barriers must be identified and clearly understood, technical paths to overcome these barriers must be defined, and real-world performance of these technical solutions validated.

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DE-FOA-0001678 – Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships  

 

Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent: February 14, 2017 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: March 21, 2017 5:00pm ET

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to seek organizations to be regional Combined Heat and Power Technical Assistance Partnerships (CHP TAPs), with the goal of enabling CHP to meet its full potential by mitigating educational, economic, and regulatory CHP barriers by educating end users and stakeholders in the best practices of CHP and providing direct technical support to promote CHP installation. This will be achieved by CHP TAPs providing strategically targeted education on CHP technology, CHP’s technical potential, and CHP’s energy and non‐energy benefits as well as providing direct technical support to advance projects through the project development pipeline from concept to installation. It is expected CHP TAPs will provide the highest quality education and technical assistance to advance CHP installation including usage of EERE CHP tools and procedures. The CHP TAPs may also support R&D teams if that’s a method of effectively advancing CHP installation. It is anticipated this FOA will result in national coverage with up to 10 CHP TAPs being selected based on a competitive selection process.

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DE-FOA-0001727 – Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors (CIRCUITS)

 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: February 21, 2017 5:00 PM ET
Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

Development of advanced power electronics with unprecedented functionality, efficiency, reliability, and form factor will help provide the U.S. a critical technological advantage in an increasingly electrified world economy. The CIRCUITS (Creating Innovative and Reliable Circuits Using Inventive Topologies and Semiconductors) program seeks to accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters based on wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors through transformational system-level advances that enable effective operation at high switching frequency, high temperature, and low loss. Previous efforts by ARPA-E and others have primarily focused on WBG material and device development without focused consideration and redesign of the circuit topology. Such solutions do not fully exploit the potential performance improvements enabled by this new class of power semiconductor devices. Areas of particular interest for the CIRCUITS program include novel circuit topologies, advanced control and drive electronics, and innovative packaging. Such technological breakthroughs would catalyze the adoption of higher performance power converters in various critical applications (motor drives, automotive, power supplies, data centers, aerospace, ship propulsion, rail, distributed energy, and the grid) that offer significant direct and indirect energy savings and emissions reductions across electricity generation, transmission and distribution, and load-side consumption. Coupling novel and advanced circuit topologies with leading edge materials such as WBG semiconductor devices has the capacity to catalyze disruptive improvements for power electronics and subsequently for the U.S. economy.

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DE-FOA-0001643 – Regional Energy Technology Innovation Ecosystems Characterization Assessments

 

Current Closing Date for Applications: February 28, 2017

The objective of this FOA is to fund analytical studies that characterize and examine the potential of an integrated strategy for a multi-state region to enhance and accelerate energy innovation via a regional energy innovation ecosystem. For purposes of these studies, a region must comprise a minimum of three contiguous states. The studies and supporting analysis should provide new insights as to how an integrated regional strategy could promote affordable, reliable innovative energy technology; create jobs; increase entrepreneurial activity and new venture financing; and promote economic growth and prosperity. The studies should provide data-driven insights and analysis, relying, in part, on inputs from current and potential energy innovation ecosystem participants within the proposed region. Studies should analytically support components of an integrated regional strategy that could provide benefits that a “business as usual” approach would not. In addition to identifying how an integrated regional strategy might enhance and accelerate energy technology and deployment, the results should help DOE identify the possible benefits such regional innovation strategies might have to help meet key national objectives of energy security, economic competitiveness and environmental responsibility.

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DE-FOA-0001715 – Support of Fossil Energy Research at U.S. Colleges and Universities Including University Coal Research (UCR) and Research by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI)

 

Letter of Intent Due Date: Not Applicable
Pre-Application Due Date: Not Applicable
Application Due Date: February 17, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time

This funding opportunity will encompass two separate University programs, each with its own requirements and each with restricted eligibility. The two programs are the University Coal Research (UCR) Program and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Other Minority Institutions (HBCU/OMI) Program. Each section of this document will be subdivided into a UCR section and an HBCU/OMI section to clearly address the requirements for each program.

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DE-FOA-0001628 – “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK)”

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 13, 2017 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: February 22, 2017 5:00pm ET
Through this FOA, DOE will support multidisciplinary biological innovation to deliver strains, tools, data, and techniques to enhance algal biofuel potential and enable accelerated future innovation in algal biofuels and bioproducts.

This FOA will fund a variety of projects and approaches that overcome species-specific, ecological, and practical challenges to achieving improved algal areal productivity and to fuel yield (i.e. biomass composition).

This FOA has two topic areas:

1) Topic Area 1: Strain Improvement

2) Topic Area 2: Cultivation Biology Improvement

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DE-FOA-0001663 – Marine and Hydrokinetic Technology Development and Advancement

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 17, 2017, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: March 1, 2017, 5:00pm ET

This Funding Opportunity Announcement is soliciting applications that support research, testing, and development of innovative technologies capable of generating renewable, environmentally responsible and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. These include marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies that harness the energy from waves and ocean/tidal/river currents. The MHK sub-program of the Water Power Technologies Office has the opportunity to focus on the technologies that can be deployed in early-adopter markets (i.e., wave and current resources with high energy costs) in the near-term while supporting next generation technologies that have the potential to be cost competitive with other energy generation technologies in large utility scale markets in the longer term. This Funding Opportunity Announcement targets technologies aiming for economic competitiveness in either early-adopter or large utility scale markets.

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DE-FOA-0001629 – Fiscal Year 2017 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: January 31, 2017 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications:March 24, 2017 5:00pm ET
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “FY 2017 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement.”

This FOA supports a broad portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and improve energy efficiency while meeting or exceeding performance and cost expectations.

VTO seeks projects that accelerate the development of advanced batteries, lightweight materials, and emissions control systems, as well as the development and deployment of technologies and systems that enable significant improvements in the
energy efficient mobility of people and goods.

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DE-FOA-0001465: Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration

Application Due Date: Mar 30, 2017  A mandatory Concept Paper is due 01/31/2017

To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is issuing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) within its existing Offices and programs to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices’ existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. These FOAs and resulting projects will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be “on ramped” to future MYPPs, and encourage contributions from new partners. Successful projects will reduce the risk associated with potential breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they can be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps. This funding opportunity addresses three topic areas from the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). Each topic area consists of multiple subtopics. DOE intends to fund the applications with the greatest chance of helping achieve the goals and mission of EERE. EERE may award an entire application or any part of an application at a funding level that will be negotiated with the applicant. The topic areas are: Topic Area 1: Advanced Materials. The Advanced Materials Topic Area focuses on advances in innovative materials and the devices and systems that incorporate them for energy-saving opportunities and improved functionality. Topic Area 2: Advanced Processes. The Advanced Processes Topic Area focuses on advancing transformational next-generation processes and technologies not bound by limitations of current processes. Topic Area 3: Modeling and Analysis Tools for Materials and Manufacturing. The Modeling and Analysis Tools for Materials and Manufacturing Topic Area focuses on optimization of energy and materials usage across the lifecycle of manufactured products through the use of information technology. The Applicants’ technologies may be at different levels of maturity; proposed funding levels and project durations should be commensurate with the work scope necessary to advance the technology to the proposed readiness level. Applications to this FOA will be accepted in the following categories: Tier 1 (Concept Definition, expected TRL 2-3): DOE Federal Funding Share Range of $250,000 – $1,000,000. The project would conduct early stage research needed to explore and define technical concepts. Activities would focus on thoroughly understanding and describing the capabilities of the technology. Research may include laboratory scale experiments, exploration of fundamental scientific concepts associated with the technology, data generation and analysis, and other exploratory methods. Tier 2 (Proof of Concept, expected TRL 3-5): DOE Federal Funding Share Range of $750,000 – $2,500,000. The project would conduct research, development and testing of prototype technology or processes. Work may include analytical studies and laboratory studies to physically validate analytical predictions of separate elements of the technology, predictive modeling or simulation of performance, engineering studies to assess scale-up, and testing of concept feasibility at the prototype or bench scale.

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DE-FOA-0001703 – Innovative Pathways FOA

Submission Deadline for Letters of Intent: January 18, 2017 at 3:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: February 15, 2017 at 3:00pm ET

To continue its work bolstering U.S. innovation and competitiveness in an evolving energy sector, the Technology-to-Market Program (Tech-to-Market) within the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is releasing its Innovative Pathways Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). Tech-to-Market pilots and evaluates innovative, crosscutting programs that eliminate common barriers preventing market exploration of clean energy technologies. Tech-to-Market works across two interrelated topic areas to achieve this mission: (1) Technical Community and Industry Collaboration, and (2) Lowering Barriers to Resource Access. The Innovative Pathways FOA seeks to surface new testable and scalable ways (mechanisms, approaches, models, and/or platforms) to address both areas above (Topics 1 and 2, respectively). This FOA will fund the implementation of innovative mechanisms that could alleviate some of the common structural challenges that promising new energy technologies face on the pathway to market. Within the two Topics: (1) Technical Community and Industry Collaboration and (2) Lowering Barriers to Resource Access, Tech-to-Market highlighted Areas of Interest. The Areas of Interest for this FOA are (1) Models for industry-startup partnerships under Topic 1 and (2) New investment models under Topic 2. However, Tech-to-Market will consider any proposals that address one or both Topics for funding.

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DE-FOA-0001639: Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: February 3, 2017 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: March 24, 2017 5:00pm ET

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Vehicle Technologies Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement.” The U.S. transportation sector accounts for two-thirds of U.S. petroleum use and on-road vehicles consume nearly 85 percent of the petroleum used for transportation. U.S. dependence on oil for transportation affects the national economy and its potential for future growth–the U.S. sends more than ten billion dollars per month overseas for oil (this amount has been well over one billion dollars per day in recent years). The average U.S. household spends nearly one-fifth of its total family expenditures on transportation, making it the second-most expensive spending category after housing. Oil price volatility also affects the national economy and household budgets. Over the past ten years, U.S. regular conventional retail gasoline prices have fluctuated from around $1.50 to over $4 per gallon, causing fluctuations in annual household budgets by as much as $1,200 per year for the average personal vehicle. Public investment in advanced, energy efficient transportation technologies and systems will address these issues and improve our Nation’s energy security, support energy independence, reduce transportation emissions, and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness.

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DE-FOA-0001726: Macroalgae Research Inspiring Novel Energy Resources (MARINER)

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 5 PM ET, Tuesday February 14, 2017
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 5 PM ET, TBD

The United States has the world’s largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of ocean along the nation’s coast lines which is equivalent to the total land area of all 50 states. The nation has the potential to utilize this resource to build and grow a thriving marine biomass industry for the production of fuels, chemicals, feed, and food. Growing macroalgal biomass in the oceans offers a unique opportunity to sidestep many of the challenges associated with terrestrial biomass production systems, particularly the growing competition for land and freshwater resources, which are likely to result from the 50 to 100% increase in demand for food expected for 2050. The overall goal of this program is to develop the critical tools that will allow the nascent macroalgae industry in the United States to leverage this tremendous resource and grow into a world leader in the production of marine biomass. The program will focus on developing advanced cultivation technologies that enable the cost and energy efficient production of macroalgal biomass in the ocean at a scale suitable as feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals. The challenge is to dramatically reduce capital and operating cost of macroalgae cultivation, while significantly increasing the range of deployment by expanding into more exposed, off-shore environments. Specifically, this program is interested in new designs and approaches to macroalgae cultivation, with harvesting and transport being an integral part of such systems. These new systems may leverage new material and engineering solutions, and autonomous and robotic operations, as well as advanced sensing and monitoring capabilities. To further accelerate the development and deployment of such systems, the program will also focus on the development of computational modeling tools and ocean- deployable sensor platforms, as well as advanced macroalgal breeding tools. ARPA-E expects that the MARINER program will support development of technologies that will accelerate the deployment of advanced ocean farming systems capable of delivering renewable biomass feedstock at a cost competitive with terrestrial biomass feedstocks.

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DE-FOA-0001674 – Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing

Letter of Intent Due Date: February 15, 2017
Application Due Date: April 5, 2017

The Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR, in the Office of Science (SC)), both of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications to the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program for SciDAC Partnerships (hereafter, Partnerships), in areas of particular relevance to the research goals of NE. This solicitation is part of the 2017 re-competition of the SciDAC Partnerships for jointly funded and managed collaborations between engineers or scientists sponsored by NE and applied mathematicians or computer scientists sponsored by ASCR. Applicants and investigators with a history of being supported by DOE NE should note that any awards resulting from this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will be administered by personnel in DOE’s Office of Science (SC), Integrated Support Center-Chicago.

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DE-FOA-0001708: Notice of Intent (NOI) for Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001628 “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK)”

Application Due Date: TBD

This FOA will support an applied research focus on biological variables which contribute most greatly to the modeled minimum fuel selling price of algal biofuels. These biological variables include: biomass productivity; biomass composition (e.g., lipid, protein, and carbohydrate content); predation and pathogen resistance; halotolerance; heat and cold tolerance; and high‐ intensity light (i.e., direct sunlight) tolerance. Supporting advanced biology research approaches to enable high productivity in applied “field setting” cultivation conditions that are representative of future scaled‐up cultivation conditions will accelerate progress towards EERE’s technical milestones for algal biofuels and will fill a gap between bench‐scale research and pre‐pilot efforts. Improved and more environmentally robust strains are necessary for breakthrough reductions in algal biofuel costs. This FOA seeks to fund multidisciplinary biological innovation that will deliver strains, tools, data, and techniques to enhance algal biofuel potential and enable accelerated future innovation in algal biofuels and bioproducts

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DE-FOA-0001707: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001689 “Integrated Biorefinery Optimization”

Application Due Date: TBD

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Integrated Biorefinery Optimization”.

This FOA will support research and development of technologies that will improve the quality of feedstock characterization, reliability of operations, decrease the Capital Expenses (CapEx) and Operating Expenses (OpEx) and thereby increase the performance efficiencies of biorefineries resulting in continuous operation and production of biofuels, bioproducts and biopower at prices competitive with fossil-derived equivalents. Validation and scale-up of these technologies is essential to enable the industry to build future commercial scale manufacturing facilities. Plans for processes that convert woody biomass, agricultural residues, dedicated energy crops, algae, municipal solid waste (MSW), sludge from wastewater treatment plants, and wet wastes, into biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts will be considered under this funding opportunity.

It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:

1. Robust, continuous handling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, biosolids, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and feeding systems to reactors under various operating conditions

2. High value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an integrated biorefinery

3. Industrial separations within an integrated biorefinery

4. Analytical modeling of solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process) and reactor feeding systems

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Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs – TOPICS

Letter of Intent Due Date: Monday, December 19, 2016
Application Due Date: Tuesday, February 07, 2017

The Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) mission is to provide policy and technical leadership to limit or prevent the spread of materials, technology, and expertise relating to weapons of mass destruction; advance the technologies to detect the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction worldwide; and eliminate or secure inventories of surplus materials and infrastructure usable for nuclear weapons. It is the organization within the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) responsible for preventing the spread of materials, technology, and expertise relating to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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DE-FOA-0001647: Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual FOA

Concept Paper Due Date: December 20, 2016
Application Due Date: February 21, 2017

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is a key component of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) portfolio. FCTO aims to provide safe, secure, affordable, and reliable clean energy from diverse domestic resources, providing the benefits of increased energy security and reduced pollution by adopting a technologyneutral approach toward research, development, and demonstration (RD&D). FCTO addresses key technical challenges for both fuel cells and hydrogen fuels (i.e., hydrogen production, delivery and storage) and institutional barriers such as hydrogen codes and standards. The global fuel cell market has steadily been growing at about 30% per year since 20102 , with revenues of over $2 billion in 20143 and over 11,000 fuel cell units for material handling equipment purchased in the U.S. alone since 2009. 4 Light duty vehicles are an emerging application for fuel cells that has earned substantial commercial and government interest worldwide due to the superior efficiencies, reductions in petroleum consumption, and reductions in criteria pollutants possible with fuel cells. Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) reduce petroleum consumption by about 95% in comparison to conventional light duty vehicles when the hydrogen is produced from natural gas.5 The research areas identified in this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will enable progress toward DOE cost targets for light duty FCEVs. Recent analyses project that, if DOE cost targets for FCEVs are met, U.S. petroleum consumption can be reduced by over a 1 million barrels per day.

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DE-FOA-0001670 – Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing: Integrated Simulation Partnerships in Fusion Energy Sciences

Pre-Application Due Date: January 9, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time
Application Due Date: February 21, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time

The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) and the Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announce their interest in receiving applications from multi-institutional interdisciplinary teams to establish scientific application partnerships under the SC-wide Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program in the area of integrated simulations for fusion energy sciences. The goal of this announcement is to select applications that can take advantage of today’s multipetascale DOE high-performance computing (DOE HPC) systems to accelerate scientific discovery in strategically important areas of magnetic fusion energy science and address high priority issues identified in recent community studies. The specific areas of interest under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) are:
1. Plasma Disruptions in Tokamaks
2. Boundary Physics
3. Plasma-Materials Interactions
4. Whole Device Modeling

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DE-FOA-0001601 – Deep Direct-Use Feasibility Studies

Concept Paper Due Date: December 15, 2016 5:00pm ET
Application Due Date: February 22, 2017 5:00pm ET

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) seeks to conduct feasibility studies of large-scale, low-temperature deep-well geothermal systems coupled with advanced direct-use applications and cascaded surface technologies whose applications will extend the reach of geothermal into geologically distinct parts of the country beyond the western U.S. These systems are referred to herein as deep direct-use or DDU. Feasibility studies funded under this FOA will support subsequent geothermal direct-use applied research and analysis projects, also known as renewable thermal applications, which seek to harvest heat from geothermal brines and use it to directly heat (or cool) buildings, as well as for other beneficial thermal processes. By displacing high-temperature power generation with low-to-medium temperature geothermal fluids, significant energy conservation gains can be achieved for end-use processes with moderate temperature requirements. Direct-use geothermal applications have the potential to provide cost-effective, renewable thermal energy in large portions of the U.S.

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DE-FOA-0001688 – Plant Feedstocks Genomics for Bioenergy: A Joint Research

Pre-Application Due Date: December 7, 2016
Current Closing Date for Applications: February 15, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Biological and Environmental Research (BER), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), hereby announce their interest in receiving applications for genomics- based research that will lead to the improved use of plant biomass and feedstocks for the production of biofuels and renewable chemical feedstocks. Applications are sought for research on candidate herbaceous and woody plants with improved resistance/tolerance to disease and disease complexes, and non-food oil seed crops with improved winter cold tolerance/survivability and agronomic traits. Research to overcome these biological barriers to the low-cost, high quality, scalable and sustainable production of dedicated bioenergy biomass feedstocks using the tools of genetics and genomics are encouraged.

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DE-FOA-0001649: Solar Forecasting II 

 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: December 30, 2016
Full Application Submission Deadline: March 24, 2017

The overarching goal of this FOA is to support the development of capabilities that will allow increased deployment of solar power generation at optimal cost. Better solar forecasting will allow the reduction of balancing, dispatch, and unit commitment costs associated with errors in the prediction of solar power generation. These costs scale with solar penetration, therefore it is important to keep them in check with advancements in the forecasting science, implementations of forecasting models with rapid execution, and seamless integration of forecasting tools in the electric system operations.

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DE-FOA-0001640: Technology to Market 3 (Incubator 12, SolarMat 5)

Submission Deadline for Letter of Intent: November 28, 2016, 5:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: December 12, 2016, 5:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: February 21, 2017, 5:00 PM ET

The mission of the Solar Energy Technology Office’s Tech-to-Market sub-program is to enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges. The FOA is divided into Tiers that are based on the technology type, hardware or software, as well as its stage in the development cycle, e.g. prototype refinement, manufacturing tooling, beta testing, etc. In addition to achieving rigorous technical milestones, awardees are expected to deliver on business development and commercial metrics that de-risk the technology/solution and enable its progression to the next phase of commercial development. Successful awardees will be well positioned for investment from the private sector and have a path to market impact.

This FOA will be separated into Tiers based on the stage and type of technology development:

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DE-FOA-0001428: Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)

 

Concept Paper Submission Deadline: September 30, 2017
Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

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DE-FOA-0001680 – Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001647

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual FOA”.

The FCTO is a key component of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) EERE portfolio. Fuel cells powered by hydrogen from renewable or low-carbon resources can lead to substantial energy savings and reductions in imported petroleum and carbon emissions. The FCTO aims to provide clean, safe, secure, affordable, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, providing the benefits of increased energy security and reduced criteria pollutants and green-house gas emissions through research, development and demonstration (RD&D) to address both key technical challenges for fuel cells and hydrogen fuels (i.e. hydrogen production, delivery and storage) and institutional barriers such as hydrogen codes and standards.

It is anticipated that the FOA will include 4 topics that are detailed below. The first 3 topics will leverage FCTO’s national lab consortia launched under the DOE Energy Materials Network (EMN) in FY16, in support of the President’s Materials Genome Initiative and advanced manufacturing priorities. Consortia that will be leveraged include: ElectroCat, HydroGEN, and HyMARC (additional information is below). Applicants will be encouraged to leverage consortia capabilites in their research, and share research results with consortia data portals. Interested applicants are encouraged to explore consortia capabilites, and interface with consortia steering committees prior to the release of the FOA. To help facilitate this, FCTO plans to hold webinars and/or weekly public teleconferences with technical representatives from each consortium in the coming weeks, wherein interested applicants can ask questions about the consortia’s capabilities. These webinars and teleconferences will be open to the public and their recordings will be publically posted to ensure everyone has the same access. To ensure you are notified of upcoming FCTO webinars, please subscribe to our Fuel Cell News and Financial Opportunity Updates at the following link: http://energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/subscribe-news-and-financial-opportunity-updates.

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DE-FOA-0001518 – Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages

Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: November 21, 2016 (required)
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: February 21, 2017

The Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program, working in cooperation with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Proving Ground program, will invest $6.5 million in a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). DOE seeks proposals that drive innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams that include technology providers, energy organizations (states, local governments or Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations), efficient building hubs (such as Innovation or Incubator hubs), utilities, and building energy professionals. GSA will participate in the merit review of proposals and provide the option to leverage GSA host sites with portfolio deployment potential. Applicants should clearly state whether or not they would like to participate in the Green Proving Ground program as a part of their proposal.

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DE-FOA-0001650 – Biosystems Design to Enable Next-Generation Biofuels and Bioproducts

Notes: Pre-Applications are required
Pre-Application Due Date: December 19, 2016 at 5 PM Eastern Time
Encourage/Discourage Date: January 6, 2017 at 5 PM Eastern Time
Application Due Date: March 20, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for research of interest to the Genomic Science Program (http://genomicscience.energy.gov) in the following research areas:

a)      Integrating large-scale systems biology data to model, design, and engineer microbial systems for the production of biofuels and bioproducts

Applications should use interdisciplinary approaches to develop new, high-throughput modeling, genome-wide design and editing, and in vivo or cell-free engineering technologies for eukaryote and prokaryote microbes to produce high levels of biofuels and bioproducts from lignocellulosic biomass or through photosynthesis. A focus on new or emerging model systems to expand the breadth of platform fermentative and phototrophic microorganism for engineering is encouraged. Applications are expected to propose highly innovative design and engineering approaches, supported by novel computational tools and coupled to high-throughput platforms for testing of the engineered organisms.

b)     Plant systems design for bioenergy

Applications should focus on multidisciplinary approaches to achieve a sustainable production of biofuels and bioproducts from plant biomass in marginal environments. Relevant goals for crop design and engineering include increase abiotic stress tolerance, achieve higher water and nutrient use efficiency, improve photosynthetic capacity, facilitate cell wall deconstruction and subsequent conversion to advanced biofuels and bioproducts, etc. Proposed studies should include innovative technologies for the introduction and expression of large, stable, multigene DNA constructs, or genome-wide editing, as well as computational approaches for modeling and design. Research on model plants should be kept to a minimum and the main focus of the applications should be on potential bioenergy crops (e.g. switchgrass, poplar, Miscanthus, eucalyptus, sorghum, energy cane, non-food oilseed crops, etc.).

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DE-FOA-0001664 – FY 2017 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will remain open until September 30, 2017 or until replaced by a successor FOA. Applications may be submitted any time during this period.

The Office of Science (SC) of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics. On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (now called the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program), 10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605.

This FOA DE-FOA-0001664 is our annual, broad, open solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.

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DE-FOA-0001658 – Solar Forecasting II

Application Due Date: TBD

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Solar Energy Technologies Office on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled, Solar Forecasting II. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange October 2016.

Through this FOA the program plans to support three key aspects of solar forecasting as a critical enabler of higher penetration of solar power in the electric grid: the improvement of solar forecasting skill, especially during challenging conditions, such as partly cloudy weather and large ramps; the integration of solar power forecasting with existing grid management systems, especially through probabilistic methodologies; and the setup of a common test framework that can be used to validate solar irradiance and power forecast models. The anticipated federal funding for this FOA is up to $10M. The applicants will be required to contribute 20% cost share to the projects. It is anticipated that each award size will be in the range of $500k to $3M and will be completed within fifteen months to three years.

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DE-FOA-0001656 – SunShot Technology to Market: Incubator Round 12, SolarMat Round 5

Application Due Date: TBD

The SunShot Initiative intends to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to accelerate the commercialization of products and business models that drive down the cost of solar energy.

The T2M3 FOA will enable the widespread market penetration of new solar technologies and solutions through research, development, and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges. The FOA is expected to be divided into six tiers that are based on the technology type and the stage of the development cycle. Awards will carry a required cost share between 20% and 50% depending on the project.

In addition to achieving rigorous technical milestones, awardees are expected to deliver on business development and commercial metrics that de-risk the technology and/or solution and enable its progression to the next phase of commercial development. Successful awardees will be well-positioned for investment from the private sector and have a path to market impact. Due to the commercial nature of the projects, funding is available to for-profit entities, or teams led by for-profit entities.

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DE-FOA-0001657 – Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) 2: Modules and Systems

Application Due Date: TBD

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) 2: Modules and Systems”. The planned FOA supports improvements in module design as well as approaches to reduce installation and interconnection time, which represent important development avenues for reducing the cost of PV electricity and energizing the future growth of the U.S. PV industry. This funding opportunity encourages project teams to optimize the completed product by considering the holistic module and system architecture rather than focusing on individual components. Applicant eligibility is anticipated to follow the same criteria as provided in the previous PVRD funding opportunity, which was released in September, 2015. Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and Government-Owned Government Operated institutions (GOGOs) are not expected to be eligible to apply as primary applicants, but may be included as sub-recipients on proposals to this funding opportunity. Comprehensive details on eligibility will be released in the funding opportunity announcement.

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DE-FOA-0001515 – Fiscal Year 2017 Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research

Letter of Intent (Mandatory only for NSUF Applications) Due Date: August 29, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET R&D/NSUF Pre-Applications (Mandatory except for IRPs) Due Date: September 14, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. ET
IRP Applications Due Date: February 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Full R&D/NSUF Applications Due Date: February 15, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. ET

This FOA addresses the competitive portion of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) portfolio as executed through the Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP), Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) Crosscutting Technology Development (CTD), and the Nuclear Science User Facilities (NSUF). NEUP utilizes up to 20% of funds appropriated to NE’s R&D program for university-based infrastructure support and R&D in key NE program-related areas: Fuel Cycle Research and Development (FC R&D), Reactor Concepts Research, Development and Demonstration (RC RD&D), and Nuclear Energy Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NEAMS). NEET CTD supports national laboratory-, university- and industry-led crosscutting research.

By establishing the NSUF in 2007, DOE-NE opened up the world of material test reactors, beam lines, and post-irradiation examination facilities to researchers from U.S. universities, industry and national laboratories by granting nocost access to world-class nuclear research facilities.

In addition to the consolidation of the NSUF Call for Applications (CFA) for access to capabilities, NEUP or NEET CTD projects requiring irradiation testing and/or post-irradiation examination (PIE) may include no-cost access to NSUF capabilities through a single application response to this FOA.

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DE-FOA-0001623: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001461

Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines.”  The FOA will be restricted to U.S. Institutions of Higher Education (as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1001, and in accordance with 2 C.F.R § 200.55), and non-profit research institutions that operate as a division under the U.S. Institutions of Higher Education.

This FOA will support the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative, a collaborative initiative being pursued by BETO and VTO to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. This first-of-its-kind effort brings together multiple DOE offices, national laboratories, and industry stakeholders to simultaneously conduct tandem fuel and engine R&D and deployment assessment in order to maximize energy savings and on-road vehicle performance, while dramatically reducing transportation-related petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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DE-FOA-0001594- Notice of Intent to Issue Funding for Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing

This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing. This Institute will enable the development and widespread deployment of key industrial platform technologies that will dramatically reduce life-cycle energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with industrial-scale materials production and processing through the development of technologies for reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing of materials. Solving this enormous and currently unmet challenge could significantly reduce U.S. primary energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in the industrial sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process. Analysis shows that the development and deployment of cost effective new technologies to enable significant reductions in the life-cycle embodied energy and carbon emissions for materials production in the US economy relative to the use of primary feedstocks could offer energy savings on the order of 1.6 quadrillion BTU (quads) annually across four classes of waste materials – metals, fibers, polymers, and e-wasteThe resulting Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to be a Department of Energy supported Institute participating in the interagency National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program.

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DE‐FOA‐0001578 – Notice of Intent- Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing.”

This FOA supports the establishment of a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute on modular chemical process intensification. Modular chemical process intensification represents an emerging opportunity for processing industries in the U.S. manufacturing sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce feedstock waste, increase scalability and improve productivity by merging and integrating separate unit processes (mixing, reactions, separation) into single modular hardware elements of reduced size, higher efficiency and scalability. The resulting Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute is expected to be a Department of Energy supported Institute participating in the interagency National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) program.

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Small Business Vouchers Pilot

DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy<http://energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy> (EERE) is putting the world-class resources of the national labs at your fingertips with the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot. Through 2016, EERE is providing up to $20 million in vouchers so that small businesses can request technical assistance from national labs to help bring the next generation of clean technologies to market.

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DE-FOA-0001498 – Collaborative Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences on International Long-Pulse Superconducting Tokamaks

The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving proposals from multi-institutional teams to carry out experimental research in magnetic fusion energy sciences on international long-pulse superconducting tokamak facilities. The FES Burning Plasma Science: Long Pulse: Tokamak program element supports U.S scientific teams who work in collaboration with overseas scientists to explore critical science and technology issues at the frontiers of magnetic fusion research, including the exploration of new plasma physics regimes. These collaborations take advantage of the unique capabilities of the most advanced international research facilities and allow the U.S. fusion program to gain the knowledge needed to operate long duration plasma discharges in ITER and other fusion energy devices.

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DOE Unsolicited Proposals

DOE encourages organizations and individuals to submit self-generated, unsolicited proposals that are relevant to DOE’s research and development mission.

An unsolicited proposal is an application for support of an idea, method, or approach, which is submitted by an individual, business, or organization based solely on the proposer’s initiative rather than in response to a DOE solicitation. Funding of unsolicited proposals is considered a noncompetitive action.

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DE-FOA-0001434: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels (No. DE-FOA-0001433)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels”.

This FOA supports BETO’s goal of meeting its 2022 cost target of $3/gallon gasoline equivalent (gge) for the production of hydrocarbon fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. One approach BETO has taken previously to achieve this goal is to focus on conversion pathways that produce biofuels, with little or no emphasis on coproducing bioproducts. As BETO increasingly focuses on hydrocarbon fuels, it is examining strategies that capitalize on revenue from bioproducts as part of cost-competitive biofuel production.

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DE-FOA-0001434: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels

The Energy Department announces its intent to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels.” This FOA supports BETO’s goal of meeting its 2022 cost target of $3/gallon gasoline equivalent for the production of hydrocarbon fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. One approach BETO has taken previously to achieve this goal is to focus on conversion pathways that produce biofuels, with little or no emphasis on coproducing bioproducts. As BETO increasingly focuses on hydrocarbon fuels, it is examining strategies that capitalize on revenue from bioproducts as part of cost-competitive biofuel production.

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DE-FOA-0001412 – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development and Demonstrations

Full Application Due Date: TBD

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is a key component of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) portfolio. FCTO aims to provide clean, safe, secure, affordable, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, providing the benefits of increased energy security and reduced criteria pollutants and green-house gas emissions by adopting a technology–neutral approach towards applied research, development, and demonstration to address both key technical challenges for fuel cells and hydrogen fuels (i.e. hydrogen production, delivery and storage) and institutional barriers such as hydrogen codes and standards.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) covers a broad spectrum of the FCTO portfolio with 4 Areas of Interest (AOI):

AOI 1: Research and development (R&D) for hydrogen fuel technologies

AOI 2: Demonstration and deployment for manufacturing technologies and Climate Action Champions

AOI 3: R&D within Consortia for fuel cell performance and durability and hydrogen storage materials

AOI 4: Cost and performance analyses for hydrogen production and delivery, hydrogen storage, and fuel cells

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DOE-FOA-0000704: In-Water Wave Energy Conversion (WEC) Device Testing Support Notice of Intent (NOI)

Application Deadline: TBD

The Department of the Navy (DoN), through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Engineering Service Center (ESC), supports the Department of Defense (DOD) energy goal to produce or procure up to 25% of the total quantity of electric energy it consumes at its ashore facilities and activities by fiscal year 2025, and each fiscal year thereafter, from renewable energy sources. NAVFAC ESC is interested in determining if WEC technology is a viable option to assist the DOD in achieving this goal.

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DE-FOA-0001277 NOI for DE-FOA-0001214: U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources Grant

Application Due Date: TBA

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled ?U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs”, Number DE-FOA-0001214. This FOA will support Research and Development (R&D) partnerships leading to innovative designs and processes for the manufacturing and assembly of wind turbine blades in order to facilitate deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. Supported projects will develop cost-competitive integrated solutions that address the challenges of fabricating, transporting overland and assembling rotor blades longer than 60m, with design concepts scalable to greater lengths, and installing them at wind turbine hub heights of at least 120m. Multi-organizational teams including at least an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) turbine designer, a blade manufacturer and an installation/logistics firm are expected. The proposed FOA is intended to be forward-looking in addressing U.S. market dynamics and domestic manufacturing opportunities through innovative solutions to constructing and assembling larger blades directly applicable to mitigating U.S. transportation constraints. Awards under the FOA will support partnerships between DOE and research and development (R&D) teams, including manufacturers. The resulting designs must be manufacturable in the U.S. in accordance with the U.S. Manufacturing Plan to be submitted as part of the application.

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Request for Information (RFI): High Impact Commercial Building Technology Deployment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) is developing a pipeline of high impact, cost-effective, energy saving and underutilized commercial building technologies. This RFI seeks information regarding the development and maintenance of new and existing tools, specifications, case studies and other resources actively deployed by the Commercial Buildings Integration program. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to cost-effective, market-ready, high impact commercial building technologies, as defined in the criteria above. EERE is specifically interested in information related to available high impact technologies, potential host sites for technology demonstrations and market interest in technologies. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

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DE-FOA-0000966 – Notice of Intent: Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator: Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies

The mission of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is to enable the widespread commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development and demonstration, and diverse efforts to overcome institutional and market challenges. Fuel cell systems research and development (R&D) is working to reduce cost and improve durability for fuel cells used in transportation, stationary, and portable applications. Hydrogen fuel R&D continues to improve hydrogen-producing technologies from renewable resources, end use delivery, and lightweight, compact, low-cost storage systems. To accomplish this mission, FCTO has developed a strategic plan, or multi year program plan to identify the technical challenges and barriers that need to be overcome. These technical challenges and barriers form the basis for FCTO to issue funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) for financial assistance awards in these specific areas. However, FCTO recognizes that there may be very novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily satisfy the requirement of specific FOAs yet still meet the goals and mission of FCTO. The FCTO Incubator Program is intended to identify these potentially impactful ideas that are not addressed in FCTO’s strategic plan or project portfolio. It is NOT intended to fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products or processes or for established work in FCTO’s strategic plan or current portfolio.

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DE-FOA-0001069: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001016 “Low Temperature Mineral Recovery Program”

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Low Temperature Mineral Recovery Program.” EERE’s objective in this FOA is to promote the advancement of thermal energy processes capable of converting geothermal heat sources into power, in conjunction with the development or exploitation of technologies capable of capturing, concentrating, and/or purifying valuable materials contained within geothermal brines to economically extract resources that can provide additional revenue streams to geothermal operators. This targeted initiative of the GTO focuses on strategic mineral extraction as a path to optimize the value stream of low-to-moderate temperature resources.

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EERE Unsolicited Proposals

Most EERE financial assistance is awarded on a competitive basis, however, financial assistance can be awarded on a noncompetitive basis through the unsolicited proposal program. An unsolicited proposal is an application for financial assistance that is not submitted at the request of EERE or in response to a solicitation announcement. Unsolicited proposals are submitted solely at the discretion of the proposer.

Unsolicited proposals are sometimes submitted in response to a notice of program interest (NOPI). NOPIs are not solicitations, but they do alert potential applicants to areas of research in which EERE is interested. NOPIs may indicate areas in which the submission of unsolicited proposals may be more likely to result in funding.

Unsolicited proposals may be selected for funding if they:

  • Demonstrate a unique and innovative concept or a unique capability
  • Offer a concept or service not otherwise available to the government
  • Do not resemble recent, current, or pending competitive solicitations
  • Independently originate with the proposer without government supervision.

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SunShot Initiative Postdoctoral Research Awards

The Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) focuses on developing cost-effective solar energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation.

SETP has recently launched a major new program called the SunShot Initiativeto reduce the total costs of solar energy systems by about 75 percent before the end of the decade. This major national effort to make solar energy technologies cost competitive with other forms of energy, without subsidies, will leverage the combined technical expertise of research laboratories, academic institutions, and industry across the country. By reducing the cost for utility-scale installations by about 75 percent to roughly $1 per watt “which would correspond to approximately 6 cents per kilowatt hour” solar energy systems could be broadly deployed across the country.

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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science and Technology Policy Fellowships (SunShot Initiative Fellowships)

Applications Accepted Year-Round

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of scientist and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships will provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation on this program, Fellows are expected to:

  • Gain deep insight into the federal government’s role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.
  • Contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions for problems in areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Continue their education and involvement in areas that support the EERE mission either in a technical or policy-related role.
  • Introduce policy-related knowledge and interest into research facilities supporting the EERE mission.

Two levels of Fellowships, Fellows and Senior Fellows, will allow both recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the EERE STP Fellowships. Fellows will be assigned to policy-related projects and be mentored by senior EERE staff.

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