Application Maintenance

eXCHANGE system maintenance will begin at 8 p.m., ET, September 21, 2018, to implement various system enhancements. This work is expected to be completed in one hour. While no significant downtime is expected, please remember to save your work frequently during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions specific to your FOA? Applicants are encouraged to review the Question & Answer tab of your FOA to see if your question has already been asked.

Overview: Exchange Lab Calls and AOP Tool Integration

For Lab Users who are required to use eXCHANGE to submit Full Application in response to a Lab Call, click here to view information on data integration with AOP Tool.

EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) aims to reduce the soft costs of solar deployment through two approaches, referred to as Topic 1 and Topic 2 in the FOA. The first topic, “Topic 1” is targeted at increasing our foundational understanding of technology evolution, soft costs, and barriers to solar deployment in the US. By combining cutting edge research tools with the creation, analysis and functionalization of data and information, this second round of the Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies (SEEDS) program will examine how solar technologies, the electric grid system, and the institutions that create the solar business marketplace support or impede the evolution and diffusion of solar by partnering researchers with data and energy practitioners. “Topic 2” will directly tackle soft costs and market barrier challenges at the state and regional level by maximizing the benefits of solar electricity through energy and economic strategic planning. This program targets partnerships between states and utilities/electricity sector entities that look to increase solar deployment in their region. This will be achieved through analytical support to develop and implement strategies to: determine or expand renewable energy and other goals, such as: maximizing emissions reductions; hedging against fuel price volatility; creating jobs; expanding access to electricity; and/or increasing grid resiliency, among others.

To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001496 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

Informational Webinar:

The Solar Energy Technologies Office will be hosting a webinar on February 11, 2016, beginning at 2:00 PM (EST). Use the following link to register for attendance:

Full Application Webinar:

Monday, April 4, 2016 12:00 - 1:00 PM (MST): Use the following link to register for attendance:


  • SEEDS II - SES FOA Questions and Answers - Updated 7/7/2016 (Last Updated: 2/10/2016 04:02 PM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES FOA Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 2/11/2016 01:25 PM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES FOA Webinar Audio File (Last Updated: 2/17/2016 12:10 PM ET)
  • SEEDS II - SES Full Application Process Slides (Last Updated: 4/4/2016 02:44 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Required Application Documents

Full Application

  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:22 AM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:23 AM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:24 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities, if applicable (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:26 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/5/2016 10:28 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/8/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/2/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 5/26/2016 5:00 PM ET – 6/2/2016 5:00 PM ET