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EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0001383 Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 2/5/2016 05:00 PM ET 4/19/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001632 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 1/4/2017 05:00 PM ET 3/8/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001825 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 6/8/2018 05:00 PM ET 8/23/2018 05:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001383: Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Buildings Technologies Office (BTO), announces the Funding Opportunity Announcement Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement combines early-stage topics (Innovations) with later-stage, roadmap-driven topics (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided by the program. Because of their different focuses (Innovations: early-stage; Frontier: later-stage, roadmap-driven), this FOA is divided into two sections; an Innovations and a Frontiers section with an additional optional Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) supplement.

Applications for a BUILD Supplement cannot be submitted as standalone applications.

INNOVATIONS section:

Topic 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Topic 2: Human-in-the-Loop Sensor & Control Systems

Topic 3: Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies

FRONTIERS section:

Topic 4: Plug and Play Sensor Systems

Topic 5: Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings

FOA Webinar Information:

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA - Introduction on December 21, 2015 2:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8715391438828356098

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA - Full Applications on Mar 17, 2016 12:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8721135289759645441

This is an additional presentation of the Second Informational Webinar for the BENEFIT-2016 FOA from the Building Technologies Office for anyone that missed the webinar on March 14, 2016.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Amendment 000001 to DE-FOA-0001383 BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 includes the following changes:

1. Total available federal funding has increased from $8 million to $20 million.

2. The number of anticipated awards has increased to approximately 17-25.

3. The schedule has been altered to allow an additional week for submission of Concept Papers. The new submission date for Concept Papers is 2/5/2016

4. The 2nd Webinar has been rescheduled to 3/17/2016.

5. Additional detail regarding building/grid interaction has been added for Topic Areas 1, 2 and 4.

6. Extend the submission date for Full Applications to 4/19/2016.


For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001383 BENEFIT 016 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issuse with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.


 

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001383 Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2016- Amendment 000001 (Last Updated: 1/11/2016 11:07 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001383 BENEFIT2016 FAQ Log (Last Updated: 12/9/2015 11:03 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001383 - Teaming Partner List - BENEFIT 2016 (Last Updated: 12/16/2015 08:10 AM 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

  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 11:55 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 11:57 AM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 11:58 AM ET)
  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 3/4/2016 02:19 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/5/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/19/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 6/2/2016 6:00 PM ET – 6/7/2016 6:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001632: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2017

The Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) supports applied research and development (R&D) for technologies and systems that contribute to reductions in building energy consumption. In the United States, the ET Program has the broad aim of supporting the development of cost-effective technologies that can reduce aggregate building energy use intensity by 30% by 2020, and 45% by 2030, relative to the consumption of 2010 energy-efficient technologies. The ET Program strives to meet this goal by researching and developing cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be introduced into the marketplace. A portion of the ET budget provides support for the Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories in five areas: solid-state lighting, heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R) (includes water heating and appliances), sensors & controls, windows & envelope, and modeling & tools. The remaining budget is distributed through competitive solicitations, including Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) like this one, to allow all interested parties (corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as the national labs) to innovate advanced technologies that lead to reduced primary energy consumption in buildings.

In prior years, the BENEFIT FOA consisted of two sections (Innovations: early-stage; Frontiers: later-stage, roadmap-driven) to complement the core funding provided by the program ([1], [2], [3], below). This FOA consists of four topic areas within these two sections (e.g., “Innovations” and “Frontiers”), as well as a new third “Scale-up” section for pre-commercial prototype development. Two targeted “Frontiers” topics are focused on Advanced HVAC&R and Miscellaneous Electric Loads (MELs), and two open topics are focused on early-stage R&D applications (“Innovations”) and pre-commercial prototype development and scale-up (“Scale-up”), respectively. This pursuit of early-stage (Innovations), as well as later-stage (Scale-up) investments in the open topics will provide balance to the BTO R&D portfolio and targeted technology topic and program areas.

[1] DE-FOA-0001383: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2016, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov

[2] DE-FOA-0001166: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov

[3] DE-FOA-0001027: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2014, https://eere-exchange.energy.gov

For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001632 BENEFIT 2017 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA occured on December 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET Eastern Standard Time. Please see documents below in the Documents section for the powerpoint presentation and audio recording.

Documents

  • BENEFIT 2017 FOA Q&A Log (Last Updated: 4/21/2017 01:56 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001632 - Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2017 (Last Updated: 11/30/2016 09:40 AM ET)
  • BENEFIT Teaming List v1-4-2017 (Last Updated: 1/4/2017 11:08 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001632 BENEFIT 2017 Informational Webinar Part1 (Last Updated: 12/7/2016 03:18 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001632 BENEFIT 2017 Informational Webinar Part2 (Last Updated: 12/7/2016 03:27 PM ET)
  • EERE 205 - FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation_0 (Last Updated: 12/8/2016 04:18 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

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 2/7/2017 01:17 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 2/7/2017 01:17 PM ET)
  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 2/7/2017 01:18 PM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 2/7/2017 01:18 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/4/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/8/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 4/19/2017 5:00 PM ET – 4/24/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001825: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2018

UPDATE: There is a new FOA Webinar link below.  Applicants, please use this link to join the webinar scheduled for May 8th.

There is a new Application for Finanical Assistance (SF 424) uploaded for applicants to download and submit with full applications.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 FOA supports research and development of innovative energy saving technologies, systems, tools, and models that could lead to significant reduction in building energy consumption.

BENEFIT 2018 focuses on early-stage R&D to enable the development of novel technologies that can improve efficiency and reduce the energy costs of the nation’s buildings and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid. Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in six topic areas:

Topic 1: Advanced Separation Technologies for Building Energy Efficiency

Topic 2: Advanced Building Materials

Topic 3: High-Performance Windows

Topic 4: Novel Approaches for Cyber-physical Systems in Buildings

Topic 5: Integration Research of Advanced Commercial Energy Efficiency Packages

Topic 6: Advancements in Natural Gas and Other Fuel-driven Equipment

For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001825 BENEFIT 2018 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA is scheduled for May 8, 2018 at 11:00AM ET.  

https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?MTID=mb13832750da3129382101dfdec4cdad8 

Meeting number (access code): 903 763 876

Meeting password: BENEFIT18


Documents

  • BENEFIT 2018 FOA FAQ Log (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:17 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001825 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2018 (Last Updated: 5/24/2018 04:33 PM ET)
  • BENEFIT FY18 - EERE 205 - FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation (Last Updated: 5/10/2018 09:03 AM ET)
  • BENEFIT 18 Webinar Recording-20180508 (Last Updated: 5/10/2018 09:04 AM 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 3/27/2018 10:17 AM ET)
  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/24/2018 11:53 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 3/27/2018 10:12 AM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities SF- LLL (Last Updated: 3/27/2018 10:10 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/8/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/23/2018 5:00 PM ET