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EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements

DE-FOA-0001387: Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support continued innovation in photovoltaic cell and module technologies.

It is anticipated that the Photovoltaic Research & Development (PVRD) funding opportunity will award $20,000,000 in Federal funding to support 30 to 35 research projects that will advance the limits of photovoltaic cell and module performance toward and beyond the $0.06/kWh 2020 SunShot goal. Successful applicants will demonstrate a convincing ability to improve the power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability of commercial and emerging PV technologies.

In addition to multiyear research projects in Topic 2 and Topic 3, PVR&D also has a topic area (Topic 1) dedicated to small, single-year projects intended to demonstrate the potential for expanded work in a given area, which will be reviewed and selected on an accelerated schedule. This funding program represents one aspect of the SunShot Initiative’s efforts to encourage the widespread deployment of PV systems by achieving cost competitiveness with traditional energy sources. Applicants are encouraged to form teams that leverage the strengths of the individual members, and that demonstrate the timeliness and relevance of the project to the present status of the industry.


To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001387 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.


The second upcoming PVRD webinar covers Full Applications, the award negotiation process, and DOE's active program management processes. This webinar will be on Tuesday December 8 at 2:00 PM ET. The link to register is:


  • PVRD FOA (Last Updated: 9/8/2015 08:37 AM ET)
  • FOA FAQ's 12/24/15 (Last Updated: 9/28/2015 04:00 PM ET)
  • Webinar 1 Slides (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 08:01 AM ET)
  • Webinar 1 Script (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 08:01 AM ET)
  • PVRD_Webinar_2_Slides (Last Updated: 12/9/2015 08:18 AM ET)
  • PVRD_Webinar_2_Script (Last Updated: 12/9/2015 08:19 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

Letter of Intent

  • Letter of Intent Template (Optional format) (Last Updated: 9/15/2015 02:07 PM ET)

Concept Paper

  • SIPS Application Template (Optional format) (Last Updated: 9/15/2015 02:09 PM ET)
  • Concept Paper Template (Optional format) (Last Updated: 9/15/2015 02:10 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF 424 (Last Updated: 9/8/2015 09:01 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 9/8/2015 09:02 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL (Last Updated: 9/8/2015 09:02 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 9/8/2015 09:04 AM ET)
  • ProposalTemplate_PVRD_FullApplication (OPTIONAL) (Last Updated: 12/3/2015 10:54 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 10/7/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/19/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/11/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/18/2016 12:00 PM ET – 2/25/2016 5:00 PM ET