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  DE-FOA-0002244 Notice of Intent: BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Bioenergy TBD
  DE-FOA-0002182 Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Cycles Integrated with Thermal Energy Storage Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0002169 Request for Infomation (RFI): Identifying Wells of Opportunity for Critical Geothermal Field Research Applications Request for Information (RFI) Geothermal TBD
  DE-FOA-0002157 Request for Information: Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001980 FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 6/20/2019 05:00 PM ET 9/12/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002029 FY19 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 6/3/2019 05:00 PM ET 7/22/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002090 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 5/21/2019 05:00 PM ET 7/15/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002014 Fiscal Year 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 5/1/2019 05:00 PM ET 6/19/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002022 Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 4/8/2019 05:00 PM ET 5/29/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001905 Energy-Water Desalination Hub Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 2/7/2019 05:00 PM ET 5/7/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002055 Request for Information (RFI): Challenges and Opportunities for the American Solar Industry Request for Information (RFI) Solar 1/7/2019 12:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001951 Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories Request for Information (RFI) Bioenergy TBD
  DE-FOA-0001965 Request for Information (RFI) on H2@Scale (Hydrogen at Scale): Determining Opportunities to Facilitate Wide-Scale Hydrogen Adoption for Energy Security and Economic Growth Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001948 Request for Information (RFI): Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001908 Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 5/30/2018 05:00 PM ET 6/27/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001916 BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 5/30/2018 05:00 PM ET 6/27/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001917 Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (ASEC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 5/30/2018 05:00 PM ET 6/27/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001926 Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 5/30/2018 05:00 PM ET 6/27/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001919 Fiscal Year 2018 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 5/29/2018 05:00 PM ET 7/13/2018 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-0001874 FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 5/7/2018 05:00 PM ET 6/12/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001840 Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) FY 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 5/4/2018 03:00 PM ET 5/9/2018 03:00 PM ET 7/5/2018 03:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001815 Energy Efficiency Research and Development for Fluid-Power Systems In Off-Road Vehicles Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 11/20/2017 05:00 PM ET 1/18/2018 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001790 Advanced Manufacturing Graduate-Level Traineeships Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 8/8/2017 05:00 PM ET 9/19/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001637 Fiscal Year 2017 BIOMASS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (BRDI) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 7/7/2017 05:00 PM ET 9/29/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001465 Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 1/31/2017 05:00 PM ET 5/23/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001711 Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)" Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Bioenergy TBD
  DE-FOA-0001689 Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 2/6/2017 05:00 PM ET 4/5/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001628 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001628, “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK)” Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 1/13/2017 05:00 PM ET 2/22/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001707 Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001689 “Integrated Biorefinery Optimization” Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Bioenergy TBD
  DE-FOA-0001647 Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual FOA Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 12/20/2016 05:00 PM ET 2/21/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001700 Request for Information (RFI): Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-SBV-0000999 EERE Small Business Vouchers Round 3 Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) Strategic Programs 11/14/2016 11:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001680 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001647 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001615 Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Modification 000001 Request for Information (RFI) Bioenergy TBD
  DE-FOA-0001590 Request for Information: Advanced HVAC&R Research and Development (R&D) Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001594 Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 7/28/2016 05:00 PM ET 9/28/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001596 Request for Information (RFI): Cost Reduction and Performance Improvements of Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Systems for Compressed Hydrogen for Onboard Vehicle Applications Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001593 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement, Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001578 Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 6/15/2016 05:00 PM ET 8/17/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001481 Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Scale-Up and Operation Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization Request for Information (RFI) Bioenergy 4/6/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001467 NEXT GENERATION ELECTRIC MACHINES: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 4/12/2016 05:00 PM ET 6/7/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001526 Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities Request for Information (RFI) Bioenergy 3/4/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001384 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 2/18/2016 08:00 PM ET 3/31/2016 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001460 Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001460: Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Request for Information (RFI) Bioenergy TBD
  FCAOI3-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 1/15/2016 05:00 PM ET 3/28/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001376 MINERAL RECOVERY PHASE II: GEOTHERMAL CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES TO VALIDATE EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Geothermal 1/6/2016 05:00 PM ET 2/29/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001420 RFI: Advanced Thermal Insulation & Composite Material Compatibility for Cold/Cryogenic Compressed Gas Fuel Storage for Onboard Vehicles Applications Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001320 Modification 000002: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 9/21/2015 05:00 PM ET 11/13/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001329 SOLAR TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS (STEP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 6/26/2015 05:00 PM ET 8/18/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001327 Request for Information: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches to Validate Mineral Recovery Request for Information (RFI) Geothermal TBD
  DE-FOA-0001286 RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES FOR LOW IMPACT HYDROPOWER DEVELOPMENT Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Water Power 5/7/2015 05:00 PM ET 6/15/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001309 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001286: Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Water Power TBD
  DE-FOA-0001208 NEXT GENERATION ELECTRIC MACHINES: MEGAWATT CLASS MOTORS Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 4/16/2015 05:00 PM ET 6/3/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001201 Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Vehicles Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 2/26/2015 08:00 PM ET 4/10/2015 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001217 Notice of Intent to Issue Fiscal Year 15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Bioenergy TBD
  DE-FOA-0001158 RFI - Specific Clean Energy Manufacturing Focus Areas Suitable for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute Request for Information (RFI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001006 Water Power Manufacturing Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Water Power 5/9/2014 05:00 PM ET 6/24/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001066 Notice of Intent DE-FOA-0001066 to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001006 Water Power Manufacturing Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Water Power TBD
  DE-FOA-0001016 Funding Opportunity Announcement: Low Temperature Geothermal Mineral Recovery Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Geothermal 3/6/2014 05:00 PM ET 5/2/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000996 Renewable Carbon Fibers Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 3/3/2014 05:00 PM ET 4/11/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001069 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001016 "Low Temperature Mineral Recovery Program" Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Geothermal TBD
  DE-FOA-0000991 FY 2014 VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM WIDE FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 2/19/2014 08:00 PM ET 4/1/2014 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001042 National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy (NIICE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Strategic Programs 2/21/2014 05:00 PM ET 3/21/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000988 Vehicles Technologies Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 2/25/2014 08:00 PM ET 4/16/2014 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000826 Hydrogen Production Research and Development Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 11/26/2013 05:00 PM ET 2/3/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000990 Next Generation Photovoltaic Technologies III Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 1/3/2014 12:00 PM ET 1/3/2014 12:00 PM ET 3/24/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000977 Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Composite Materials and Structures Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 4/22/2014 05:00 PM ET 6/24/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000980 Request for Information - Fiber Reinforced Polymer Composite Manufacturing Request for Information (RFI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 10/1/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000827 Research and Development for Hydrogen Storage Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 11/18/2013 05:00 PM ET 1/17/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000965 Next Generation Photovoltaic Technology RFI Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0000821 Hydrogen Delivery Technologies Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 12/9/2013 05:00 PM ET 2/18/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000943 RFI - Manufacturing Barriers and Opportunities for Water Power Technologies Request for Information (RFI) Water Power TBD
  DE-FOA-0000793 Amendment 000003 - Fiscal Year 2013 Vehicles Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 4/29/2013 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000806 Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency II (FPACE II): Model Systems Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 3/7/2013 05:00 PM ET 4/8/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000722 Electrochemical Storage Technologies Suitable for Automobile Industry Applications Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 1/31/2013 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000792 Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Research and Development - Round 4 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 2/21/2013 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000719 Innovative Biosynthetic Pathways to Advanced Biofuels Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy 6/21/2012 05:00 PM ET 7/10/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000715 Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) FY 2012 Phase I (Release 3) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Strategic Programs 7/3/2012 11:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000687 Energy Innovation Hub - Critical Materials Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 6/29/2012 05:00 PM ET 6/29/2012 05:00 PM ET 8/30/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000648 AMENDMENT 003 - Predictive Modeling for Automotive Lightweighting Applications and Advanced Alloy Development for Automotive and Heavy-Duty Engines Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 5/7/2012 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000567 Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative: High Operating Temperature Fluids Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 4/19/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000561 Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing Research and Development - Round 3 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 12/15/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000564 Solid-State Lighting Core Technologies - Round 8 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 11/3/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000563 Solid-State Lighting Product Development - Round 8 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 11/3/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000560 Innovative Manufacturing Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 9/22/2011 05:00 PM ET 12/7/2011 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000387 Transformational PV Science and Technology: Next Generation Photovoltaics II Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET 6/27/2011 11:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000492 Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency (F-PACE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 5/9/2011 11:59 PM ET 6/30/2011 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002244: Notice of Intent: BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment

The Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment.” This FOA, jointly funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), supports the Department’s Plastics Innovation Challenge, a comprehensive DOE program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies, which was announced on November 21, 2019. Additional information regarding the Plastics Innovation Challenge can be found by visiting https://www.energy.gov/articles/department-energy-launches-plastics-innovation-challenge.

Current recycling strategies often do not allow for cost-effective recycling of commonly used plastics. Typical recycling techniques can result in diminished material properties, which limit opportunities to produce products from recycled material with equal or greater value. However, there is an opportunity to advance new technologies that use recycled materials to reduce manufacturing energy consumption for some of the most prevalent plastics by up to 50 percent, including those used in grocery bags and beverage bottles.

BETO and AMO have identified significant potential to improve the carbon efficiency and energy efficiency of plastics recycling technologies. To achieve this, research is needed to:

- Develop novel polymers that are designed for infinite recyclability;

- Create innovative deconstruction pathways for existing polymers that generate high-value products; and

- Establish a consistent framework for evaluating carbon and energy efficiency across potential material flows and transformations.

Please see the full text of the Notice of Intent in the Documents section below.

EERE is issuing this notice so that interested parties are aware of the intent to issue a FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

EERE plans to issue the FOA in January 2020 via the EERE Exchange website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. Applicants who wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA should register in EERE Exchange. After FOA release, EERE will accept applications only through EERE Exchange.


Documents

  • Notice of Intent to Issue DE-FOA-0002245 BOTTLE (Last Updated: 12/10/2019 09:55 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002182: Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Power Cycles Integrated with Thermal Energy Storage

This request for information (RFI) seeks feedback on technologies to integrate and demonstrate advanced supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycles that are indirectly heated via thermal energy storage at a turbine inlet temperature (TIT) range between 550 and 630°C. This request is focused on accelerating the commercialization of sCO2 power cycles that are appropriate for near-term integration with concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP), at temperatures that do not require significant de-risking of the cost and performance of novel materials.

Documents

  • RFI CSP sCO2 TES Integration (Last Updated: 11/12/2019 01:05 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002169: Request for Infomation (RFI): Identifying Wells of Opportunity for Critical Geothermal Field Research Applications

The purposes of this modification are to extend the response deadline to October 25, 2019 and to allow Excel submissions of well data.


The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is interested in gathering information about underutilized wells in known geothermal resources in the United States. The information gathered will be used to gauge industry willingness to partner with GTO to test downhole tools, technologies, and methodologies that are currently at a TRL level below commercial readiness and understand the barriers to partnering this way. Wells above 175°C with low permeability are of highest interest, but others will be considered.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Please see the full RFI in the “Documents” section below for the complete list of questions and instructions for responding.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to GeothermalRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on October 25, 2019. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 5 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Attachments that include well data requested above may be included as additional Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) attachments. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Documents

  • RFI: DE-FOA-0002169 - Identifying Wells of Opportunity for Critical Geothermal Field Research Applications (Last Updated: 10/10/2019 03:53 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002157: Request for Information: Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is issuing this request for information (RFI) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders. This RFI will inform SETO’s strategic planning on research related to the integration of distributed solar energy resources. Specifically, this RFI will inform strategies relating to the modeling, monitoring, predicting, and controlling of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. As the penetration of solar PV on the grid grows, these activities will become more important as grid operators consider how solar adoption impacts grid planning and operations technologies.

This is solely a request for information and not a funding opportunity announcement (FOA). No funding applications are being accepted in response to this RFI.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

To respond, please email your response to SETO.RFI.SI@ee.doe.gov no later than 12:00pm (ET) on August 30, 2019. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically and provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than ten (10) pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Documents

  • Request for Information Planning and Operation Models and Data Analytics for Solar Grid Integration (Last Updated: 7/26/2019 09:47 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001980: FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA

NOTICE: The submission deadline for Full Applications has been extended to 09/12/2019 at 5 PM ET. Expected submission deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments has been extended to 10/23/219 at 5 PM ET. Please see updated Modification 0002 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement below for changes.

NOTICE: The submission deadline for Full Applications has been extended to 09/05/2019, 5:00pm ET. Please see updated Modification 0001 of the Funding Opportunity Announcement below for additional changes.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports federal investment in innovative, early-stage advanced manufacturing applied research and development (R&D) projects that focus on specific high-impact manufacturing technology, materials, and process challenges. The topics are aimed at foundational energy-related advanced manufacturing technologies that impact areas relevant to manufacturing processes (where energy costs are a determinant of competitive manufacturing) and broadly applicable platform technologies (the enabling base upon which other systems and applications can be developed). The competitively selected projects will focus on developing next-generation manufacturing material, information, and process technologies that improve energy efficiency in energy intensive and energy dependent processes.

With this FOA, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) intends to fund high-impact, early to mid-stage research in the following topic areas:

Topic 1: Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials

Subtopic 1.1: Accelerate the Manufacturing Process Design and Development Cycle for Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage Materials

Subtopic 1.2: Innovative Manufacturing Processes for Battery Energy Storage

Subtopic 1.3: Materials and Manufacturing Process Development of Nanocrystalline Metal Alloys

Subtopic 1.4: Process-Informed Science, Design, and Engineering of Materials and Devices Operating in Harsh Service Conditions

Topic 2: Lower Thermal Budget (LTB) Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity

Subtopic 2.1: Advances in Industrial and Process Drying

Subtopic 2.2: Thermal Process Intensification

Topic 3: Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems

Subtopic 3.1: Medium-Voltage Power Conditioning Systems to Enable Grid-Dispatchable and Resilient Manufacturing Facilities

Subtopic 3.2: High Power to Heat Ratio, High Efficiency Combined Heat and Power (CHP)

Subtopic 3.3: Verification and Validation of CHP and District Energy

For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001980 AMO 2019 FAQ Log at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

EERE Exchange is designed to enforce the deadlines specified in this FOA. The “Apply” and “Submit” buttons will automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. Should applicants experience problems with EERE Exchange, the following information may be helpful.

Applicants that experience issues with submission PRIOR to the FOA deadline: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist applicants in resolving issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in late submissions: In the event that an applicant experiences technical difficulties so severe that they are unable to submit their application by the deadline, the applicant should contact the EERE Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The EERE Exchange helpdesk and/or the EERE Exchange system administrators will assist the applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing submission on behalf of and with the applicant’s concurrence). Please note, network traffic is at its heaviest during the final hours and minutes prior to submittal deadline. Applicants who experience this during the final hours or minutes and are unsuccessful in uploading documents will not be able to use this process.


Documents

  • FY19 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA (Last Updated: 9/3/2019 05:36 PM ET)
  • FOA1980 Q&As (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 07:59 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.

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Full Application

  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 5/2/2019 04:54 PM ET)
  • SF-424: Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/2/2019 04:55 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 5/2/2019 04:55 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 5/2/2019 04:56 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions about the Exchange System or submitting an application through Exchange. Include FOA name and number in subject line.
  • AMOMultitopicFOA@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions about the content of the FOA document. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to the submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/20/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/12/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/29/2019 12:00 PM ET – 11/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002029: FY19 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will provide funding to address the highest priority R&D areas within biofuel technologies, bioproducts, and biopower. It includes Areas of Interest (AOIs) from all five BETO programs: Feedstock Supply and Logistics; Advanced Algal Systems; Conversion; Advanced Development and Optimization; and Sustainability and Strategic Analysis. Each AOI supports BETO’s objectives to reduce the minimum selling price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources, and improve the quality of feedstock characterization and reliability of biorefinery operations.

Topics under this FOA include:

  • AOI 1: Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae
  • AOI 2a: Relating Biomass Physical and Chemical Characteristics to Feedstock Performance in Handling and Conversion Operations
  • AOI 2b: Impact of Storage and Handling on Biomass Characteristics
  • AOI 2c: Improving Economics and Development of Coproducts
  • AOI 3: Efficient Wood Heaters
  • AOI 4: Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies
  • AOI 5: Optimization of Bio-Derived Jet Fuel Blends
  • AOI 6: Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes
  • AOI 7a: Advanced Bioprocessing
  • AOI 7b: Agile BioFoundry
  • AOI 8a: Designing Highly Recyclable Plastics
  • AOI 8b: Designing Novel Methods for Deconstructing and Upcycling Existing Plastics
  • AOI 9: Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion
  • AOI 10: Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy

Please carefully review the complete Funding Opportunity Announcement, which can be accessed under the "Documents" heading below.

FOA Q&A can also be accessed under the "Documents" heading. Please review the Q&A before submitting a question, as a similar question may already have been answered.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces 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 should contact the Exchange Helpdesk for assistance at EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov. Applicants are responsible for meeting each submission deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers and Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002029.0000 FY19 Bioenergy Technologies Office Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 4/26/2019 04:10 PM ET)
  • Questions and answers related to the content of this Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0002029 (Last Updated: 7/22/2019 09:30 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

  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 4/15/2019 01:36 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) Template (Last Updated: 4/15/2019 01:43 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 4/15/2019 01:43 PM ET)
  • EERE 335-.1 - Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 5/9/2019 08:56 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/15/2019 01:44 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 4/15/2019 01:45 PM ET)
  • Technical data sheet required for AOI 1 only. (Last Updated: 5/7/2019 09:16 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/3/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/22/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/20/2019 12:00 PM ET – 8/23/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002090: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO). BTO’s overall goal is to improve the energy productivity of buildings without sacrificing occupant comfort or product performance. The goal is to use energy more productively and efficiently, not simply to use less energy. Progress towards achieving this goal will make building energy costs more affordable to the benefit of American families and businesses.

BTO research is focused on reducing energy intensity for major segments of the sector with the most opportunity for energy savings, while balancing the need to maintain occupant comfort and productivity, and product performance. This includes both new and existing buildings, both residential and commercial, including their energy-consuming and labor-saving equipment. The development of next-generation building technologies, including building materials, components, equipment, energy models and systems, is critical to increasing energy productivity in a cost-effective manner.

BTO’s Emerging Technologies (ET) program invests in the research and development to create the next-generation building technologies, tools and systems to enhance energy efficiency. The program focuses on the most energy-intensive technologies for residential buildings and in commercial buildings, where the opportunity for cost-effective energy savings is greatest. These technologies include air conditioning, space heating, water heating, lighting and sensors & controls, all of which are addressed in this FOA.

Achieving BTO’s priorities across the building technology landscape requires sustained, multifaceted innovation. With this FOA, BTO intends to fund high-impact, early-stage research in the following areas:

Topic 1: Flexible Building Technologies

Topic 2: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technologies

Topic 3: Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Technologies

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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@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 applicant through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline

Documents

  • FY 2019 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement - Amendment 000001 (Last Updated: 6/19/2019 01:56 PM ET)
  • Potential Teaming List (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 02:30 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

  • Recipient's Guide to Negotiating with EERE (Last Updated: 3/18/2019 02:27 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives Template (Last Updated: 3/18/2019 02:25 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/18/2019 02:33 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification File (Last Updated: 6/12/2019 08:49 AM ET)
  • SF424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 08:05 AM ET)
  • Subrecipient Budget Justification File (Last Updated: 6/12/2019 09:10 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/21/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/15/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 3:00 PM ET – 9/3/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002014: Fiscal Year 2019 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Opportunity Announcement

This Funding Opportunity Announcement seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: advanced batteries and electric drive systems, energy efficient mobility systems, materials for more efficient powertrains, co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies, and alternative fuels and new mobility options.

Documents

  • FOA_2014_FY19_VTO_FOA_Amendment_000001 (Last Updated: 5/20/2019 10:05 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

  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 3/13/2019 08:42 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/5/2019 04:04 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (EERE 335) (Last Updated: 3/13/2019 08:40 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 3/13/2019 08:44 AM ET)
  • DOE Work Proposal for FFRDC (Last Updated: 3/13/2019 08:42 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/13/2019 08:42 AM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 3/13/2019 08:41 AM ET)
  • Location of Work (Last Updated: 3/20/2019 09:51 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/1/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/19/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002022: Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) advances the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors.

By producing hydrogen when power generation exceeds load, electrolyzers can reduce curtailment of renewables and contribute to grid stability. Hydrogen produced from existing baseload (e.g., nuclear power) assets can also be stored, distributed, and used as a fuel for multiple applications. Such applications include transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial sectors such as steel manufacturing, ammonia production and petroleum refining. Key challenges to the H2@Scale concept include affordability, reliability, and performance of emerging hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.

Topics under this FOA to advance H2@Scale include:

Topic 1: Advanced hydrogen storage and infrastructure R&D including novel materials or hydrogen carriers for transporting and storing hydrogen, and materials for hydrogen infrastructure components.

Topic 2: Innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including advanced water splitting materials, affordable domestic hydrogen production technologies, co-production of hydrogen for additional sources of revenue, and reversible fuel cell technologies.

Topic 3: H2@Scale Pilot - integrated production, storage, and fueling systems including innovative approaches that successfully integrate and optimize the complete system encompassing hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use.

Please carefully review the complete Funding Opportunity Announcement, which can be accessed under the "Documents" heading below.

FOA Q&A can also be accessed under the "Documents" heading. Please review the Q&A before submitting a question, as a similar question may already have been answered.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces 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 should contact the Exchange Helpdesk for assistance at EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov. Applicants are responsible for meeting each submission deadline. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Concept Papers and Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the submission deadline.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002022 Fiscal Year 2019 H2@Scale Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 3/1/2019 02:03 PM ET)
  • FOA Q&A - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (updated 5/28/2019) (Last Updated: 5/28/2019 11:17 AM ET)
  • Topic 3 Teaming Partner List (Updated 5/20/2019) (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 03:27 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: 1/31/2019 11:54 AM ET)
  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:51 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:53 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/31/2019 11:54 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/8/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/29/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/26/2019 8:00 AM ET – 6/28/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001905: Energy-Water Desalination Hub

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. Through EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) public-private R&D consortia, manufacturers, small businesses, universities, national laboratories, and state and local governments are brought together to pursue coordinated early-stage R&D in high-priority areas essential to energy in manufacturing. Federal funding is the catalyst to bring stakeholders into shared spaces and to address process and technological challenges that present a significant degree of scientific or technical uncertainty.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to establish an Energy Innovation Hub (referred to hereafter as the Energy-Water Desalination Hub, or the Hub) to address water security issues in the U.S. For the purpose of this FOA, “desalination” more broadly includes technologies that primarily remove salts. The Hub is a critical component of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) broader Water Security Grand Challenge which will use a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, early stage research and development (R&D), and other programs to help address the nation’s water security needs.

The Energy-Water Desalination Hub will be organized around four topic areas: 1) Materials Research and Development, 2) New Process Research and Development, 3) Modeling and Simulation Tools, and 4) Integrated Data and Analysis. DOE intends to select and fund one application with the greatest likelihood of achieving the goals of all four topics of this FOA.

Please carefully review the complete Funding Opportunity Announcement, which can be accessed under the "DOCUMENTS" heading below.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "DOCUMENTS" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for 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 applications. In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov ).

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA will be held on January 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar and EERE will not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

After the webinar is complete, a link will be provided to access the audio recording of the webinar. Also, a copy of the Webinar Slides and Webinar Transcript will be available to download in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

*UPDATE: Please see the link below for the Informational Webinar held on January 7, 2019 and enter this password: ZyM3H8Yg

https://doe.webex.com/doe/lsr.php?RCID=cb6bea419f25703c5b37a6f66c993868

Please see the Announcement Documents section for a copy of the webinar slides and transcript.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001905 Energy-Water Desalination Hub FOA (Last Updated: 12/12/2018 05:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001905 Teaming Partner List as of 04-04-19 (Last Updated: 4/4/2019 10:51 AM ET)
  • FOA FAQs 07-30-2019 (Last Updated: 7/30/2019 04:34 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001905 01-07-19 Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 1/8/2019 05:06 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001905 01-07-19 Webinar Transcript Text (Last Updated: 1/18/2019 01:41 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 04:54 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (5 Budget Periods) (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 05:01 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 04:58 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 04:59 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/7/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/7/2019 8:00 AM ET – 6/18/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002055: Request for Information (RFI): Challenges and Opportunities for the American Solar Industry

The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather insights about priority research and development needs across the solar industry. The goal of this RFI is to achieve a better understanding of the problems facing solar stakeholders including researchers, analysts, and manufacturers supporting the technological advancement and wide-scale adoption of solar technology. This information will help inform the office’s planning efforts.

The RFI covers four topic areas:

Photovoltaics: The office seeks feedback on issues related to high-priority areas within photovoltaics (PV) research, such as advanced PV manufacturing science, high efficiency tandem cell and module development, and reliability of module-level power electronics. Specifically, SETO is interested in and identifying any new major research areas and potential projects or collaborations that would have a lasting impact for the U.S. PV industry.

PV stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.PV@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power: The office seeks input from the industrial and research communities in several areas that may help enable concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) systems to achieve high operating temperatures and lower costs. Those areas include: long-term thermal energy storage, pumped thermal storage materials, and autonomous solar collector fields.

CSP stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.CSP@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Systems Integration: The office seeks input from relevant stakeholders on a number of interest areas related to the cost-effective, performance-enhancing integration of solar systems onto the electric grid, particularly at high penetration level. These include: addressing early stage research and development gaps with adaptive protection, smart inverter dynamic models, behind-the-meter grid services, grid-forming inverter controls, utilization of PV inverters as grid sensors, and cyber-secure PV plants.

System Integration stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.SI@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Balance of Systems Soft Cost Reduction: The office seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other solar stakeholders on research gaps associated with permitting, inspection, interconnection, and financing for solar.

Balance of System stakeholders are asked to send responses to SETO.RFI.BOS@ee.doe.gov and can find a template for responses in the “DOCUMENTS” Section below.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Additional Information

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to the topic-specific email addresses no later than 12:00pm (ET) on January 7, 2019. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email and no more than 20 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify answers by responding to a specific question or topic, as applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they deem appropriate.

EERE will not respond to individual submissions or publicly publish a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue a project or idea.

Respondents are requested to provide the following information at the start of their response to the topic:

Company / institution name;

Company / institution contact;


Documents

  • Request for Information_Challenges and Opportunities for the American Solar Industry_DE-FOA-0002055 (Last Updated: 12/10/2018 01:48 PM ET)
  • Request for Information - PV Response Template (Last Updated: 1/2/2019 11:01 AM ET)
  • Request for Information - CSP Response Template (Last Updated: 12/6/2018 12:09 PM ET)
  • Request for Information - Soft Cost Response Template (Last Updated: 12/6/2018 12:23 PM ET)
  • Request for Information - Systems Integration Response Template (Last Updated: 12/6/2018 12:11 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/7/2019 12:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001951: Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Catalyst Production and Development Needs at National Laboratories

The purpose of Modification 000002 is to extend the response deadline to October 22,2018.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is requesting input from industry (including but not limited to contract research organizations, contract manufacturing organizations, catalyst manufacturers, and catalyst research consortia), academia, National Laboratories, government agencies, and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders on “custom catalyst production capability for biochemical and thermochemical processes”. Specifically, BETO seeks information to help identify and understand additional areas of research, capabilities, and yet-to-be-addressed challenges pertinent to small-scale production (typically in multi-kilogram quantities) of custom catalysts used in technology development and engineering solutions for the efficient conversion of lignocellulosic, waste, and algal feedstocks to produce biofuels and bioproducts. The conversion technologies of interest include biological, thermochemical or hybrid processes. The class of catalysts include but are not limited to, for example, enzymes, immobilized enzymes, inorganic, and organic; and both homogeneous and heterogeneous types.

BETO, in addition, seeks information on capabilities and functionalities that need to be developed to be able to effectively research and test reactive processes with particular emphasis on unit operations and equipment comprising process development units (PDUs) located at National Laboratories that will enable successful transition of early stage research to engineering-scale research.

For purposes of potentially developing future funding opportunities, BETO is interested in understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with small-scale production of custom catalysts capable of minimizing / eliminating variations in catalyst performance while used for bench-scale and engineering-scale process development of biological, thermochemical and hybrid conversion technologies.

BETO is also interested in understanding the need for operational and capability enhancements for unit operations and equipment comprising PDUs that help to transition early stage research to engineering-scale research.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Because information received in response to this RFI may be used to structure future programs and FOAs and/or otherwise be made available to the public, respondents are strongly advised to NOT include any information in their responses that might be considered business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential. If, however, a respondent chooses to submit business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential information, it must be clearly and conspicuously marked as such in the response.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to CustomCatalystRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on September 28, 2018. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 15 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify your answers by responding to specific questions and/or topics listed in the full RFI, as applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

EERE will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. EERE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. EERE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

Documents

  • Modified Request for Information DE-FOA-0001951.000002 Document (Last Updated: 10/4/2018 03:41 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/30/2018 5:00 PM ET – 10/22/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001965: Request for Information (RFI) on H2@Scale (Hydrogen at Scale): Determining Opportunities to Facilitate Wide-Scale Hydrogen Adoption for Energy Security and Economic Growth

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s vision of the H2@Scale initiative is to enable affordable, reliable and secure energy through hydrogen production from diverse domestic resources and utilization across multiple sectors. Through this initiative, the DOE aims to incentivize the research and development (R&D) of transformational technologies that reduce the cost of hydrogen production and distribution technologies, diversify the feedstocks available for affordable hydrogen production, enable new end uses of hydrogen, enhance the flexibility of the electric power grid, reduce emissions through novel uses of affordable hydrogen, generate jobs in growing industries, and provide global technology leadership for export of next-generation energy solutions. The objective of this Request for Information (RFI) is to identify and quantify domestic resources compatible with large-scale hydrogen production, and to identify pathways to enable effective near- and long-term leveraging of these resources in major industries requiring affordable, secure, domestic, and scalable hydrogen supplies. This RFI complements the DOE Fuel Cell Technologies Office’s (FCTO’s) early-stage R&D activities and is intended to leverage the private sector to identify technical, cost and infrastructure barriers to deployment and widespread adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. This RFI also complements FCTO’s RFI titled Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure which was released on June 13, 2018.

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This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, the DOE is not accepting applications at this time. The DOE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, the DOE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if the DOE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. The DOE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. The DOE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that the DOE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind the DOE to any further actions related to this topic.

Because information received in response to this RFI may be used to structure future programs and FOAs and/or otherwise be made available to the public, respondents are strongly advised to NOT include any information in their responses that might be considered business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential. If, however, a respondent chooses to submit business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential information, it must be clearly and conspicuously marked as such in the response.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted online or by email in accordance with the "RFI Submission Guidelines" detailed in the RFI. The submission must be received no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on October 31, 2018.

The DOE will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.


This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. EERE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. EERE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.


Documents

  • H2@Scale: Determining Opportunities to Facilitate Wide-Scale Hydrogen Adoption for Energy Security and Economic Growth (Last Updated: 7/31/2018 04:35 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001948: Request for Information (RFI): Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is issuing this Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of its Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Program (referred to herein as the “Program”) which includes coordinated activities across all offices within DOE that are engaged in hydrogen and fuel cell activities. The Program seeks input on priority research and development (R&D) areas for reducing regulatory barriers to deployment of hydrogen technologies, with a particular focus on hydrogen infrastructure. In addition to a focus on transportation and streamlining private sector roll out of hydrogen fueling stations, the Program seeks input relating to large-scale hydrogen deployments for applications such as energy storage, grid services, hydrogen transport, natural gas blending or other end uses.

The goals of this RFI, in the context of developing and using hydrogen as an energy carrier across sectors and for diverse applications, are to: (a) Understand the effects of regulations imposed on industry, particularly the parts of industry responsible for hydrogen infrastructure; (b) Identify Federal regulations, codes, and state/local laws and identify the related compliance costs; and (c) Recommend actions to reduce the burdens of regulatory requirements. FCTO seeks feedback on (1) Infrastructure for Near-Term Transportation Applications; (2) Large-scale Applications; (3) Large-scale Hydrogen Delivery and Storage; (4) Grid Support (H2@Scale); and on topics related to the issues within this RFI that could be considered for future prizes.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. 

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Because information received in response to this RFI may be used to structure future programs and FOAs and/or otherwise be made available to the public, respondents are strongly advised to NOT include any information in their responses that might be considered business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential. If, however, a respondent chooses to submit business sensitive, proprietary, or otherwise confidential information, it must be clearly and conspicuously marked as such in the response.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to FY18FCTOBARRIERSRFI@EE.DOE.GOV no later than 5:00pm (ET) on August 10, 2018. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, with 12 point font, and 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify your answers by responding to specific questions and/or topics listed in the full RFI, as applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

Documents

  • RFI DE-FOA-0001948: Identifying Priorities for Reducing Barriers to Deployment of Hydrogen Infrastructure (Last Updated: 6/12/2018 02:31 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001908: Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001908, entitled “Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems.”

BETO’s mission is to accelerate the development of a bioeconomy that can strengthen U.S. energy security, economic viability , and environmental quality. Since 2009, BETO has used its statutory authority under the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005, §932(c) to implement an algal biofuels program: the Advanced Algal Systems (AAS) Program (also called the Algae Program and the Program). Advanced biofuels and bioproducts made from algae have the potential to enhance energy security, create domestic jobs, enable energy affordability, and spur the advancement of the bioeconomy. The objective of the Advanced Algal Systems Program is to accelerate the commercialization of algal biofuels by overcoming barriers identified in the 2010 National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap, updated in June 2016. BETO’s Algae Program is implementing a long-term applied research and development strategy to support the bioeconomy by lowering the costs of production for algal biofuels and bioproducts. 

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Letters of Intenet 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@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.

Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov before submitting an application and must provide a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in the application. Failure to comply may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award, and that determination could be used as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001908 - Efficient Carbon Utilization in Algal Systems Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 5/2/2018 01:53 PM ET)
  • Questions and Answers related to the FOA (Last Updated: 6/22/2018 04:42 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:31 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:32 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:32 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:33 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:33 PM ET)
  • Technical and Financial Datasheet (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:40 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/30/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/27/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/1/2018 7:00 AM ET – 8/6/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001916: BioEnergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announces a notice of availability of funds for financial assistance to address gaps in current research and development (R&D) which hinder better utilizing waste streams (e.g. lignin, CO2, and biosolids), improving organic and inorganic catalysts to increase conversion efficiency and decrease costs, and creating high-value performance-advantaged bioproducts to allow for more profitable biorefineries.

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) contains six Topic Areas as follows:
• Topic 1: ChemCatBio Industrial Partnerships (CCB)
• Topic 2: Agile BioFoundry Industry Partnership
Initiative (ABF)
• Topic 3: Performance Advantaged Bioproducts (PABP)
• Topic 4: Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet Organic Waste Streams (WWTE)
• Topic 5: Rewiring Carbon Utilization (Rewiring)
• Topic 6: Lignin Valorization (Lignin)

Each topic area contains different specific areas of interest, required descriptions, and metrics. Each also has different feedstock requirements which are outlined in Appendix D of the FOA document.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Letter of Intent 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@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.

Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov before submitting an application and must provide a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in the application. Failure to comply may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award, and that determination could be used as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

EERE conducted an informational webinar on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 3:00 ET. Attendance was not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any applicant submissions. The webinar recording can be found at:

https://doe.webex.com/doe/ldr.php?RCID=ff640a8cf352e27d3f2331526f343154

Password: 3Dr9NGXw

Documents

  • FOA FAQs - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (updated 6/26/2018) (Last Updated: 6/26/2018 03:38 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001916 Bioenergy Engineering for Products Synthesis (BEEPS)FOA Document (Last Updated: 5/2/2018 03:03 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/30/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/27/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/1/2018 7:00 AM ET – 8/3/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001917: Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (ASEC)

Modification 00001: (June 7, 2018)

The purpose of this modification is to update the following:

Section I.A – Project Requirements:

Edited: Projects must evaluate crop performance (i.e., yield and potential for profitability) and environmental performance over at least three (3) annual harvest cycles to provide empirical data on newer varieties of energy crops relative to traditional cropping and pasture systems. For herbaceous species, this must include at least 3 harvest cycles. For short rotation woody crop species, this must include at least 1 harvest cycle.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announces a notice of availability of funds for financial assistance to accelerate research and development related to the production of affordable and sustainable non-food energy crops that can be used as feedstocks for the production of price-competitive biofuels and bioproducts. This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports EERE’s performance metrics to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, increase the viability and affordability of renewable energy technologies and processes, and spur growth in the domestic bioeconomy.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Letters of Intenet 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@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.

Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov before submitting an application and must provide a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in the application. Failure to comply may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award, and that determination could be used as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001917 Affordable and Sustainable Energy Crops (ASEC) Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 6/11/2018 12:55 PM ET)
  • Questions and Answers related to the FOA (Last Updated: 6/25/2018 04:32 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 04:07 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 04:08 PM ET)
  • EERE 335.1 Budget Justification (5 Periods) (Last Updated: 5/25/2018 10:05 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 04:09 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 04:09 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 04:10 PM ET)
  • Appendix F - Feedstock and Sustainability Data Table (Last Updated: 4/26/2018 05:10 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/30/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/27/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/1/2018 7:00 AM ET – 8/3/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001926: Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower

Modification 000002:

The purpose of this modification is to update the following:
1) Section IV.D.iii – Application and Submission Information, Content and Form of the Full Application, Statement of Project Objectives:

Edited: "Applicants are required to complete a Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) for the entire scope of the project...The first task of the project will be a pre-verification of application data. Applicants should include the following language in their SOPO to represent this Sub Task in Budget Period 1..."

Modification 000001:

The purpose of this modification is to update the following:
1) Section III.A.ii – Eligibility Information, Eligible Entities, Domestic Entities:

Inserted: For purposes of this FOA, all U.S. Territories are considered state government entities and are eligible to apply for funding as a Prime Recipient or Subrecipient.

2) Section IV.C.i – Application and Submission Information, Content and Form of the Letter of Intent, Letter of Intent Content Requirements:

Edited: To be eligible to submit a Full Application, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent by the specified due date and time. Letters of Intent will be used by EERE to plan for the merit review process. Applicants will be neither encouraged nor discouraged from submitting a Full Application based on the information provided in the letter of intent. EERE will not provide feedback on the letters of intent. The letters should not contain any proprietary or sensitive business information.

EERE will not review or consider ineligible Letters of Intent (see Section III of the FOA).

Each applicant must provide the following information as part of the Letter of Intent:
• Project Title;
• Lead Organization;
• Organization Type (Business < 500 Employees; Business > 1000 Employees; Business 500-1000 Employees; Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC); Government-Owned, Government Operated; Non-Profit; University);
• % of effort contributed by the Lead Organization;
• The Project Team, including:
o The Principal Investigator for the Prime Recipient;
o Team Members (i.e., Subrecipients); and
o Key Participants (i.e., individuals who contribute
in a substantive, measureable way to the execution of
the proposed project);
• Technical Topic or Area; and
• Abstract – The abstract provided should be not more than 4000 characters in length, and should provide a truncated explanation of the proposed project.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to identify, evaluate, and select applications proposing research, development and execution plans to test engineering principles and unit operations for the production and testing of Drop-in Renewable Jet Fuel Blendstocks and Drop-In Renewable Diesel Fuel Blendstocks from eligible feedstocks. In Topic Area 3, the FOA also seeks proposals to convert wet waste feedstocks, including municipal solid wastes and biosolids, into biopower or intermediates used to produce biopower.

Scale-up and verification of these process technologies is essential to enable the industry to design, construct, and operate pilot-scale facilities. This FOA seeks applications for projects to bridge technologies from scientific research to engineering, to integrate unit operations, and to engage in the R&D of integrated processes designed to produce drop-in renewable jet fuel blendstocks, drop-in renewable diesel fuel blendstocks, and biopower. Applicants proposing to produce drop-in renewable jet fuel blendstocks and drop-in renewable diesel fuel blendstocks will be required to verify that resulting fuels meet or exceed industry/market specifications and complete basic engineering packages to enable preliminary cost estimation and techno-economic analysis.

This funding opportunity contains three topic areas as follows:

- Topic Area 1: Drop-in Renewable Jet Fuel Blendstocks

- Topic Area 2: Drop-in Renewable Diesel Fuel Blendstocks

- Topic Area 3: Biomass, Biosolids, and Municipal Solid Waste to Energy

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces hard deadlines for Letters of Intenet 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@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.

Applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) at https://www.sam.gov before submitting an application and must provide a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in the application. Failure to comply may result in a determination that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award, and that determination could be used as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Documents

  • Questions and Answers related to the FOA (updated 08/03/2018). (Last Updated: 8/6/2018 03:47 PM ET)
  • Modification 000002: DE-FOA-0001926 - Process Development for Advanced Biofuels and Biopower (PDABB)FOA Document (Last Updated: 6/6/2018 05:57 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

  • Application for Federal Assistance SF424 (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 03:13 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Form EERE 335 (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 04:35 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities SF-LLL (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 04:35 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) EERE 303 (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 04:36 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Table (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 04:37 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (PDF Version) (Last Updated: 6/4/2018 05:53 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/30/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/27/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/1/2018 7:00 AM ET – 8/3/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001919: Fiscal Year 2018 Advanced Vehicle Technologies Research Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Amendment 000001 issued to clarify the minimum cost share requirements, refine wording for AOI 1b and amend AOIs 5a and 5b.




To support U.S. economic growth and offer consumers and businesses additional transportation choices, the Department of Energy (DOE)’s Vehicle Technologies Office invests in early-stage research to enable future private-sector development and commercialization of affordable, energy-efficient transportation technologies that can strengthen our energy security.

This FOA seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: batteries and electrification; materials; technology integration and energy efficient mobility systems; energy-efficient commercial off-road vehicle technologies; and co-optimized advanced engine and fuel technologies to improve fuel economy.

Documents

  • FOA_1919_FY18_Adv_Veh_Tech_Amendment_000001 (Last Updated: 5/8/2018 12:34 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

  • Statement of Project Objectives (Microsoft Word format) (10 page limit) (Last Updated: 4/30/2018 07:06 AM ET)
  • SF-424: Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 02:16 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook (EERE 335). (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 02:18 PM ET)
  • Subrecipient Budget Justification (EERE 335) (if applicable). (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 02:18 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL: Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 02:16 PM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 4/30/2018 07:08 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/3/2018 01:03 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/29/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/13/2018 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: 1/9/2019 10:24 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
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/27/2018 5:00 PM ET – 10/2/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001874: FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D FOA

Modification 00001:

The purpose of this modification is to update the following:

1) Section I.B.ii – Topic 2A - Integrated Energy Production and Hydrogen Fueling R&D:

Edited: Applicants should clearly describe plans for early-stage and applied R&D and for system performance verification testing, explaining the innovation, and must include a 20% industry cost share.

2) Section IV.D.ii – Technical Volume:

Edited: Workplan and Market Transformation Plan (This section should constitute approximately 40% of the Technical Volume)

3) Section V.A.ii – Full Applications:

Edited: Criterion 2: Project Research and Market Transformation Plan (30%)

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This FOA supports research and development of key early-stage technical challenges for fuel cells and for hydrogen fuel production, delivery and storage, and will leverage the private sector to address institutional barriers that impact progress in the field. The goal of this research activity is to provide affordable, clean, safe, and reliable energy from diverse domestic resources, providing the benefits of increased energy security and reduced emissions through early-stage research and development.

The global fuel cell market increased its growth 40% in 2016, with revenues of over $1.6 billion in 2016 and over 20,000 fuel cell units for material handling equipment purchased in the U.S. alone since 2009. 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 fuel cells make possible.

The FOA topics include:

Topic 1: Energy Materials Network (EMN) - ElectroCat – this topic will leverage the Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat) to accelerate the development of catalysts made without platinum group metals for use in fuel cells for transportation. The EMN consortia have been established to make unique, world-class capabilities at the national laboratories more accessible to industry, facilitating collaborations that will expedite the development and manufacturing of advanced materials for commercial markets.

Topic 2: H2@Scale – this topic aims to improve the efficiency and resiliency of the electrical grid and of the transportation sector, and to realize gains in the various industries using or producing hydrogen. Some of the key research areas in this topic include materials compatibility, electrolyzer integration, and analysis.

Topic 3: Innovative Concepts – this topic supports applied early stage research and development of fuel cell technologies for transportation, stationary, and early market applications, with a primary focus on reducing cost and improving durability. While the main focal points of the program’s R&D portfolio are polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and platinum-based catalysts, the program also supports longer-term technical approaches that offer advantages over PEMFCs.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@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.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001874 Mod 00001 - FY18 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell R&D Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 5/22/2018 04:03 PM ET)
  • Excel - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 6/12/2018 12:04 PM ET)
  • PDF - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 6/12/2018 12:04 PM ET)
  • Webinar of Reviewer Training for FOA Applications. (Last Updated: 6/25/2018 12:14 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 11:59 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 11:59 AM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 12:00 PM ET)
  • Application for Federal Assistance - SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 12:00 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/9/2018 12:01 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/7/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/12/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/6/2018 4:00 PM ET – 7/11/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001840: Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) FY 2018

The FOA will support early-stage research that spans the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) portfolio, seeking to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies and to facilitate the swift integration of those technologies into the nation’s electricity grid. It also is designed to support efforts that prepare the workforce for the solar industry’s future needs. The FOA is organized into the following high level Topic Areas:

Topic 1: Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies describes SETO research priorities in the seamless integration of high penetrations of solar energy onto the nation’s electricity grid.

Topic 2: Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Research and Development describes SETO research priorities that support solar technologies that focus sunlight to generate and store high-temperature heat for electricity generation and other end uses.

Topic 3: Photovoltaic Research and Development describes SETO research priorities that support the further development of photovoltaic technologies that improve system reliability, annual energy yield, demonstrate performance of novel PV devices and develop new PV materials.

Topic 4: Improving and Expanding the Solar Industry through Workforce Initiatives describes SETO research priorities that support solar workforce development.


Webinar links:

**Note prior registration is not necessary.

Topic 1: Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies Webinar

April 23, 2018 1-2 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=8ed931c4b7a7dfc06b4c54aa8db46055

Topic 2: Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Research and Development Webinar

April 23, 2018 2-3 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=7993ba670f1327aeda96b3584f541b1a

Topic 3: Photovoltaic Research and Development Webinar

April 24, 2018 4-5 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=6aa33236e167ca68666a5b3f420283b8

Topic 4: Improving and Expanding the Solar Industry through Workforce Initiatives Webinar

April 24, 2018 1-2 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=516a967629e43ac5ce6ef51e0a0d7015

Applicants should note that the SAM registration and renewal process has been updated recently and now requires applicants to mailing a notarized letter to the SAM processing office in London, KY. The letter must formally identify an Entity Administrator for each applicant. This additional step can result in longer processing times. More information can be found here:

https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/federal-acquisition-service/office-of-systems-management/integrated-award-environment-iae/sam-update

https://fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&sysparm_search=kb0013183

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001840 SETO FY18 FOA_Mod_00002 (Last Updated: 6/5/2018 04:51 PM ET)
  • FOA Q and A updated 6/29/18 spreadsheet format. (Last Updated: 6/29/2018 04:53 PM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 1 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:58 AM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 2 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:58 AM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 3 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:59 AM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 4 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:59 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

Concept Paper

  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/19/2018 01:34 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF 424 Application (Last Updated: 3/15/2018 11:13 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/15/2018 11:13 AM ET)
  • SF LLL (Last Updated: 3/15/2018 11:14 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/4/2018 3:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/9/2018 3:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/5/2018 3:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/2/2018 3:00 PM ET – 8/8/2018 8:00 AM ET

DE-FOA-0001815: Energy Efficiency Research and Development for Fluid-Power Systems In Off-Road Vehicles

Amendment 0001 issued on November 29, 2017 for the purpose of updating the Summary Slide Instructions and Template for use in submitting full applications.


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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 “Energy Efficiency Research and Development (R&D) for Fluid-Power Systems In Off-Road Vehicles.”

The objective of this FOA is to research technologies that can improve the energy efficiency of fluid power systems for commercial off-road vehicles . Construction, mining, and agricultrure equipment represent the majority of fuel consumption in off-road vehichles, and this equipment relies heavily on fluid-power systems (i.e. hydraulics) to actuate most of their functions. They are preferred over electric motors because of their high specific power density and ability to tolerate shock and harsh environments. However, current fluid-power systems have poor efficiency. Research in this area can provide decreased operating costs for these key domestic industries.

A public workshop on energy efficiency R&D for fluid power systems in off-road vehicles was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory on September 12, 2017 to identify early-stage research needs. A summary of the key observations can be found at https://www.nrel.gov/transportation/mobile-fluid-power-workshop.html.

Technologies for efficiency improvement are anticipated to include, but are not limited to, new system architectures, energy storage, engineered fluid properties, advanced materials, engine technologies, and hybridization.

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Informational Webinar: EERE will conduct one informational webinar during the FOA process. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions.

Title

FOA 1815-Fluid Power Systems in Off-Road Vehicles Applicant Webinar

Date and Time

Wed, Nov 1, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Registration URL

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7720635796163965442

Webinar ID: 698-471-411

Attendees MUST register PRIOR to Webinar.

Audio

Participants can use their telephone or computer mic & speakers (VoIP).

United States: +1 (213) 929-4232

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Attendee - muted

Access Code: 121-730-30



Documents

  • Amendment 0001 to DE-FOA-0001815 (Last Updated: 11/29/2017 12:57 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

  • FOA_1815_SOPO_Format (Last Updated: 10/11/2017 02:55 PM ET)
  • SF-424 application (Last Updated: 10/11/2017 02:55 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 Budget Justification (Last Updated: 10/11/2017 01:12 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 10/13/2017 02:15 PM ET)
  • Environmental_Questionnaire (Last Updated: 10/11/2017 01:13 PM ET)
  • Revised Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 11/29/2017 12:58 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/20/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/18/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001790: Advanced Manufacturing Graduate-Level Traineeships

Modification No. 0002: The purpose of this modification is to (1) extend the submission deadline for Full Applications to 9/19/2017; and (2) clarify the funding limit regarding support for staff time for new curriculum development under Section I.A.1.e. Specifically, Section I.A.1.e. is revised to clarify that the 10% limit applies only to the Federal share of award funding; if the applicant has determined additional costs are necessary beyond the 10% limit, these costs may be covered by Recipient cost share.

Modification No. 0001: The purpose of this modification is to: (1) extend the submission deadline for Full Applications to 9/15/2017; and (2) to require a list of the proposed private sector industry partners in the cover page of the Technical Volume within the Full Application, to confirm Applicant eligibility in line with the requirements of Section III.A.i Statement of Applicant Eligibility. See Section III.A.i Statement of Applicant Eligibility and Section IV.D.ii Technical Volume.


Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE intends to fund university-led Traineeship Programs that address workforce training needs in the early-stage technology area of advanced materials and process technologies of high importance to manufacturing. The following objectives guide the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) traineeship efforts:

Advance the DOE mission – Traineeship programs are designed and implemented to advance specific Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce competencies required for the DOE’s unique mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its science and energy challenges, particularly with regard to advanced manufacturing.Address priority STEM workforce needs and identified gaps in early-stage advanced manufacturing technology – Traineeship programs focus on advancing those critical STEM disciplines and competencies specifically relevant to the AMO missions where other U.S. Government or academic workforce development programs either do not exist or where DOE-relevant early-stage technology areas are not being leveraged to support specific DOE mission responsibilities.

The high priority topic identified in this traineeship program is advanced manufacturing (advanced materials and process technologies in manufacturing).

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for the 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.

Documents

  • DE-FOA0001790 Advanced Manufacturing Graduate-Level Traineeships-MOD 0002 (Last Updated: 9/12/2017 04:05 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs_09-19-2017 (Last Updated: 9/19/2017 01:25 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

  • EERE 335-Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 7/13/2017 04:55 PM ET)
  • SF LLL-Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 7/13/2017 04:56 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 7/13/2017 04:56 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 8/8/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/19/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001637: Fiscal Year 2017 BIOMASS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (BRDI)

*******FULL APPLICATION DEADLINE UPDATE********

Due to several formatting issues with the required forms for the Full Application phase, USDA/DOE are extending the Full Application deadline to Friday, September 29th, 2017. All documentation for the Full Application is due by 5:00 PM EDT on the new deadline. If there are fields that are locked or un-editable in any of the following documentation it will not negatively impact the overall application score. These forms include: SF-424, RR Budget, RR Subaward Budget, RR Personal Data, RR Key Person Expanded, RR Other Project Info, Performance Site, and NIFA Supplemental Info.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announce that up to $9 million in funding will be made available through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) to increase the nation’s energy independence by supporting the development of bioenergy feedstocks, biofuels, and biobased products.

The projects funded through BRDI—a joint USDA and DOE program—will help develop economically and environmentally sustainable sources of renewable biomass, increase the availability of renewable fuels and biobased products, and diversify our energy portfolio. Both DOE and USDA have been given statutory authorities to support the development of a biomass-based industry in the United States, under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

USDA and DOE will make up to $9 million available through BRDI in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Applicants will be permitted to address any or all of the following three legislatively mandated technical areas: (A) feedstocks development, (B) biofuels and biobased products development, and (C) biofuels development analysis.

In support of these goals, USDA and DOE are soliciting applications from all interested parties, including for-profit entities, universities, nonprofits, and national laboratories. For FY 2017, DOE anticipates funding 1 to 6 awards, and USDA anticipates funding 3 to 14 awards. Awards are anticipated to range from $500,000 to $2 million per award. All DOE funding is subject to the availability of annual congressional appropriations.

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full RFA posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.

To apply to this RFA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces 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 RFA Deadline:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/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 RFA’s posted deadline.

********UPDATE**********

EERE-DOE/USDA-NIFA is updating the Content and Form of Application Submission related to the following documentation: SF 424 R&R Cover Sheet, SF 424 R&R Project/Performance Site Location(s), R & R Other Project Information Form, R & R Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded), R & R Personal Data, SF 424 (R & R) Budget Fed & Non-Fed, and Supplemental Information Form. These forms are now combined into the form Blank SF 424 Editable Full File (posted below under "Required Application Documents"). This new file includes all the files previously listed, and has several links between the SF 424 and all preceding documents. This update should fix the documentation errors that many applicants have been experiencing.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001637: Fiscal Year 2017 BIOMASS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (BRDI) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) (Last Updated: 6/5/2017 12:20 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

  • Blank SF-424 Editable Full File (Last Updated: 9/12/2017 06:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Documentation (Last Updated: 8/22/2017 06:45 PM ET)
  • Sub-awardee Budget Documentation (Last Updated: 8/24/2017 12:12 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • BRDI@nifa.usda.gov 
    All questions regarding this RFA must be submitted to this email not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    Questions relating to the registration process, system requirements, how an application form works, or the submittal process must be directed to the EERE Exchange Website.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/7/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/29/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/9/2018 8:00 AM ET – 5/16/2018 5:00 PM ET

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

Modification No. 0002: The purpose of this modification is to extend the submission deadline for Full Applications to 5/23/2017, extend the expected submission deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments to 6/30/2017, revise the expected date for EERE Selection Notification to August 2017, and revise the expected timeline for Award Negotiations to August-September 2017.

Modification No. 0001: The purpose of this modification is to extend the submission deadline for Full Applications to 5/2/2017, extend the expected submission deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments to 6/2/2017, revise the expected date for EERE Selection Notification to July 2017, and revise the expected timeline for Award Negotiations to July-September 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. 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.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "DOCUMENTS" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for 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 applications. In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). 

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA was held on January 5, 2017 at 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Attendance was not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures were discussed. No new information was presented during the webinar and EERE did not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

A copy of the Webinar Slides and Webinar Transcript are available to download in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Please click or copy and paste this link in your browser to register to access the audio recording of this webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1644335412315086084

Documents

  • (PDF) DE-FOA-0001465 - Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration - MOD 0002 (Last Updated: 4/24/2017 11:18 AM ET)
  • (MS Word) DE-FOA-0001465 - Advanced Manufacturing Projects for Emerging Research Exploration - MOD 0002 (Last Updated: 5/1/2017 05:58 PM ET)
  • FOA FAQs (Last Updated: 1/3/2018 06:02 PM ET)
  • Informational Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 03:36 PM ET)
  • Informational Webinar Transcript (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 03:36 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 01:59 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (3 Budget Periods) (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 02:00 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 02:01 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 02:01 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/23/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/4/2017 5:00 PM ET – 8/10/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001711: Notice of Intent (NOI) to Issue a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI)"

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)."

For fiscal year (FY) 2017, the BRDI program requires that funded projects address at least one (1) of the following three (3) legislatively mandated technical (topic) areas:

1) Feedstocks development – The intent of this Topic Area is to address research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities regarding feedstocks and feedstock logistics (including harvest, handling, transport, preprocessing, and storage) relevant to production of raw materials for conversion to biofuels and biobased products. The BRDI program is designed to support near-term commercial systems. Projects should emphasize development and optimization of existing feedstocks that will be available for testing and demonstration during the life of the project. Proposals that include breeding or genetic improvement of feedstocks should reconcile this work with the Program’s emphasis on near-term impacts.

2) Biofuels and biobased products development – The intent of this Topic Area is to address RD&D activities to support (i) development of diverse cost-effective, innovative technologies for the use of cellulosic biomass in the production of biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products; and, (ii) product diversification through technologies relevant to the production of a range of biobased products (including chemicals, animal feeds, and cogeneration power) that potentially can increase the feasibility of fuel production in a biorefinery.

3) Biofuels development analysis – The intent of this Topic Area is to apply systems evaluation methods that can be used to optimize system performance and market potential and to quantify the project’s impact on sustainability; therefore, successful applications will consider the lifecycle (cradle-to-grave) impacts including environmental, social, and economic implications that are attributable to the project. Successful projects should include these sustainability data in engineering process models and be used over the life of the project to improve the system and quantify sustainability impacts.

NIFA and EERE envision awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of grants and cooperative agreements, respectively. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately three (3) years.

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of NIFA’s and EERE’s intention to issue the RFA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. Neither NIFA nor EERE will respond to questions concerning this Notice. Once the RFA has been released, NIFA will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

NIFA and EERE plan to issue a RFA titled “Fiscal Year 17 Biomass Research and Development Initiative” in mid February 2017 via the EERE Exchange website (https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/default.aspx).

Documents

  • FY17 BRDI Notice of Intent (Last Updated: 1/12/2017 04:28 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001689: Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

 The purposes of this modification are as follows:

1) Section I.B. - Topic Areas/Technical Areas of Interest

a) Revision of text:

Topic Area 2
Applications are required to be at a minimum starting TRL 2 through 4, and will end at TRL 3 through 5 respectively, that is, each application must advance its technology by at least one TRL level. Projects under this Topic Area require cost share be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for task(s) related to R&D activities, and cost share for tasks) related to pilot and demonstration level activities are required to be 50%. Please note that the required front-end throughput is a minimum of 1 DTPD for biomass feedstocks, at least 25,000 gallons of intermediate per year for an algal process, or utilization of at least 16 mmbtu/day of biogas/industrial flue gas and must be achieved by the end of the project period within Topic Area 2. Tasks that will demonstrate this requirement must have a cost-share of 50%. When applicable, applicants may utilize a blended cost share of 20% for R&D tasks and 50% for technology demonstration tasks.

2) Section III.B. - Cost Sharing

a) Addition of text:

EERE Cost Share 20% and 50%
The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs (i.e., the sum of the Government share, including FFRDC costs if applicable, and the Recipient share of allowable costs equals the total allowable cost of the project) for research and development projects and 50% of the total allowable costs for demonstration and commercial application projects and must come from non-Federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. (See 2 CFR 200.306 and 2 CFR 910.130 for the applicable cost sharing requirements.)

3) Submission Deadline for Full Applications extended to 04/05/2017, 5:00 PM ET.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announce a joint funding opportunity to support Integrated Biorefinery Optimization. DOE has funded biorefinery technology development projects, since 2002, to meet two EERE performance goals: 1) reduce dependence on imported oil, thereby enhancing energy security; and 2) spur the creation of a sustainable domestic bio-industry. USDA-NIFA has funded programs and projects that target vital topical areas related to the development of regional systems for the sustainable production of biofuels, industrial chemicals, biopower, and biobased products; as well as investing in America’s scientific corps and developing workforce in bioenergy, bioproducts, and the bioeconomy. Robust scale-up of commercially viable biorefinery technologies will help USDA-NIFA meet two important goals: 1) to enhance energy security through the reduction in the dependence on foreign oil; and 2) to spur the creation of a sustainable domestic bioeconomy. This work supports NIFA’s mission to accelerate deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to strengthen U.S. energy security, economic vitality, and environmental quality.

Federal support for first-of-a-kind Integrated Biorefineries (IBRs) could significantly reduce the
technical and financial risks associated with new technology deployment, thus accelerating the growth of the U.S. bioeconomy, reducing costs to consumers, enabling reductions in environmental pollution in the transportation sector and improving energy security.

There are still unresolved technical and non-technical challenges within the IBRs that need to be addressed in order to achieve reliable and continuous operation that effectively competes with the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. Many of these challenges are related to:

• Complexity and variability of non-food feedstocks;

• Operational difficulties encountered with handling of solids in the production process;

• Recalcitrance of feedstocks to efficiently convert into products;

• Inhomogeneity of intermediates resulting in non-uniform heat and mass transfer during the
manufacturing processes;

• Complex multi-step separation and purification steps;

• Non-monetization of byproducts and residual streams;

• Difficulties in translating bench-scale and pilot-scale learnings to the next step in scale-up such as demonstration-scale or pioneer-scale commercial level;

• Non-competitive cost of bioproducts due to higher capital and operational expenses; and

• Shortage of capital for long-term industrial projects.
As a result of these barriers, there are only a few pioneer-scale commercial IBRs in early stages
of commissioning, start-up, and/or production, and a wider deployment of highly-efficient IBR
facilities is still a goal to be realized. A number of the challenges result in schedule delays,
increased capital (CapEx) and operational (OpEx) expenses, and scale-up complications.

The FOA will identify, evaluate, and select applications proposing projects to address challenges encountered with the successful scale-up and reliable continuous operation of IBRs for the manufacture of Advanced or Cellulosic Biofuels (see Definitions) and associated higher value
bioproducts. The FOA seeks applications for projects focused on addressing these challenges,
reducing risks, and providing resources to accelerate commercialization of biofuels and bioproducts.

The FOA includes four topic areas as follows:

• Topic Area 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;

• Topic Area 2: High value products from waste and/or other under-valued streams in an IBR;

• Topic Area 3: Industrial separations within an IBR; and

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

The full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

Applications must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE
website to be considered for award. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement and where to submit questions regarding submission of applications is found in the full FOA posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.

Documents

  • FOA_DE-FOA-0001689_IBR_Optimization_mod_000003_Final (Last Updated: 3/23/2017 12:54 PM ET)
  • CONCEPT_PAPER_COVER_PAGE_IBR_Opt (Last Updated: 1/12/2017 05:05 PM ET)
  • Technical_and_Economic_Data_Tables_Final_(Excel) (Last Updated: 1/9/2017 03:48 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs_9-11-17 (Last Updated: 9/12/2017 02:25 PM ET)
  • Biorefinery Optimization Workshop Summary Report, may be used as reference for applicant (Last Updated: 1/24/2017 04:58 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 Form (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 07:48 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Form (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 07:49 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Form (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 07:49 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives Template (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 07:50 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/5/2017 07:50 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For technical questions related to EERE Exchange.
  • IBR_Optimization@ee.doe.gov 
    All questions regarding this FOA must be submitted to this email not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date. All questions and answers related to this FOA will be posted here. As this is an open, competitive solicitation, private discussions are prohibited.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/6/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/5/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/15/2017 7:00 AM ET – 5/17/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001628: Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number: DE-FOA-0001628, “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK)”

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001628, entitled “Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits (PEAK).”

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

This topic area is for small teams to develop enhanced algal strains with increased areal productivity and biofuel yield, along with improved or novel algal toolkits and/or methods. Strain improvement methods may include gene discovery and biological pathway analysis, directed evolution, breeding, and/or genetic engineering of novel algal strains that can reproducibly out-perform the current best available strains in outdoor conditions, where “performance” is represented by productivity, robustness, and composition. Applicants must include a detailed discussion of the reasoning behind their proposed strategy or strategies, strain choice, and why the proposed strain improvement approach has/have the highest
probability of success.

2) Topic Area 2: Cultivation Biology Improvement

This topic area is for small teams to develop increased areal productivity and biofuel yield through enhanced management of ecological or abiotic contributions to cultivation biology, along with improved or novel algal toolkits and/or methods. Cultivation biology development improvements may include leveraging natural or designed microbial assemblages of the algal culture ecosystem to boost performance and resist pathogens, and understanding species-specific cultivation conditions.

This topic area is about improving management of a current cultivation system. Abiotic contributions, including nutrient and stochastic climatological variables, can have a profound effect on outdoor performance. Topic Area 2 supports improving the understanding of physiology and performance under fluctuating and uncontrollable abiotic conditions. Applicants must include a detailed discussion of the reasoning behind their proposed strategy or strategies and why the proposed cultivation improvement approach has/have the highest probability of success.

The FOA will require selected projects to participate in a cultivation readiness validation and benchmarking, or friendly “challenge”, the PEAK Challenge. In the PEAK Challenge, project performers will, after passing an interim Go/No-Go decision point to validate seasonal areal productivity and biomass composition, and towards the conclusion of their development efforts, cultivate their organism(s) in an outdoor relevant environment – a field-based campaign with adequate controls and duration. Utilizing the growing season and cultivation equipment of their choice, each team will demonstrate their peak productivity potential over the course of their culture’s growth curve during this field challenge.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/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

DOE's Productivity Enhanced Algae and Tool-Kits FOA Informational Webinar was held on Dec 20, 2016 12:00 PM EST. The slides and transcript have been posted.

Documents

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). Required document. (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 12:14 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (EERE 335). Required document. See FOA for more information. (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 12:15 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL). Required document. If not applicable, notate on document. See FOA for more information. (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 12:16 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) EERE 303. Required document. See FOA for more information (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 12:17 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template. Required. See FOA for more information. (Last Updated: 12/15/2016 01:36 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For technical questions related to EERE Exchange.
  • PEAKFOA@ee.doe.gov 
    All questions regarding this FOA must be submitted to this email not later than 3 business days prior to the application due date. All questions and answers related to this FOA will be posted here. As this is an open, competitive solicitation, private discussions are prohibited.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/13/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/22/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 3/15/2017 7:00 AM ET – 3/20/2017 12:00 PM ET

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

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

EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 36 months.

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about December 2016 via the EERE Exchange website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. If Applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.

Documents

  • Notice of Intent DE-FOA-0001707 for FOA DE-FOA-0001689 (Last Updated: 12/2/2016 01:19 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

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

 

***EERE eXCHANGE has a system upgrade scheduled at 8PM ET on 2/17/2017 which will leave the system unavailable until approximately 6AM ET 2/18/2017. Since the eXCHANGE system is only scheduled to be down for a short period over a weekend night, DOE has decided not to extend the due date at this time.***

 

This FOA is for the research and development of low-cost hydrogen production, onboard hydrogen storage, and proton exchange membrane fuel cells to advance the widespread commercialization of fuel cell electric vehicles. Selected projects will leverage national lab consortia launched under DOE’s Energy Materials Network (EMN) this past year, in support of DOE’s materials research and advanced manufacturing priorities.

The fuel cells market is growing rapidly, and has seen an annual growth rate of 30% every year since 2010 as well as $2 billion annual revenue in 2014. Light duty vehicles are an emerging application for fuel cells that already enable 95% lower petroleum consumption per mile than conventional internal combustion engine vehicles.

Applicants to this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will collaborate with national lab consortia launched within the EMN. The EMN consortia have been established to make unique, world-class capabilities at the national laboratories more accessible to industry, facilitating collaborations that will expedite the development and manufacturing of advanced materials for commercial markets.

The FOA topics include:

Topic 1: PGM-free Catalyst and Electrode R&D – this topic will leverage the Electrocatalysis Consortium (ElectroCat) to accelerate the development of catalysts made without platinum group metals (PGM-free) for use in fuel cells for transportation.

Topic 2: Advanced Water Splitting Materials – this topic will leverage the HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate the development of advanced water splitting materials for hydrogen production, with an initial focus on advanced electrolytic, photoelectrochemical, and solar thermochemical pathways.

Topic 3: Hydrogen Storage Materials Discovery – this topic will leverage the Hydrogen Materials—Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC) to address unsolved scientific challenges in the development of viable solid-state materials for hydrogen storage onboard fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs).

Topic 4: Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber for Use in Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Applications – this topic will aim to reduce the cost of onboard hydrogen storage necessary for FCEVs. Applicants for this topic will be encouraged to collaborate with LightMAT, a consortium launched by the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office to enable light-weighting of vehicles through the development of high-strength steels and carbon fiber.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange (this website), EERE’s online application portal.

The Exchange system enforces 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 PRIOR to the deadline, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/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.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001647 Fuel Cell Technologies Office Annual Funding Opportunity Announcement (Last Updated: 11/17/2016 05:06 PM ET)
  • FOA FAQs - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 3/24/2017 09:31 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: 11/15/2016 11:55 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 11/15/2016 11:56 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 11/15/2016 11:57 AM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 11/15/2016 11:58 AM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 11/18/2016 11:05 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/20/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 3/22/2017 8:00 PM ET – 3/27/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001700: Request for Information (RFI): Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization

 

The mission of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program is to enable the widespread commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through basic and applied research, technology development and demonstration, and diverse efforts to overcome institutional and market challenges. The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) operates within the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program. The FCTO seeks input from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on how and which components in the hydrogen and fuel cell manufacturing process can and should be standardized. It also seeks to identify manufacturing pathways to reduce costs in both the near and longer-term, as well as how to address any critical barriers regarding manufacturability and supply chain development.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to fctomanufacturing@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 31,2017. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 5 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic if applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

Documents

  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization Modification 000001 (Last Updated: 12/22/2016 04:14 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-SBV-0000999: EERE Small Business Vouchers Round 3

 

PLEASE NOTE:

11 October 2016:

NEW AMENDED NOTICE AND RECOMMENDED FORMS ARE NOW POSTED. APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO REVIEW AMENDED NOTICE AND NEW FORMS BEFORE SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS.

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is putting the world-class resources of the national labs at your fingertips with the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot. During fiscal year 2016, EERE applied almost $14MM to new projects with 76 small businesses.

Now, EERE is announcing its first call for Small Business Vouchers in fiscal year 2017. EERE has pledged $12MM in new funding for this round, and one additional round during the fiscal year.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) enterprise of National Laboratories is an innovation powerhouse full of unique and advanced instruments as well as world class scientists, engineers and other professionals. The Small Business Vouchers (SBV) Pilot is a mechanism structured to allow small businesses engaged in the renewable energy and the energy efficiency sectors greater access to the vast capabilities and resources that exist at the DOE National Laboratories.

Through the SBV Pilot, eligible small businesses can tap into the reserve of National Laboratory intellectual and technical assets to overcome critical technology and commercialization challenges such as:

· Prototyping

· Materials characterization

· High performance computations

· Modeling and simulations

· Intermediate scaling to generate samples for potential customers

· Validation of technology performance

· Designing new ways to satisfy regulatory compliance

Documents

  • Small Business Voucher Request for Assistance Application Form (Last Updated: 10/11/2016 05:13 PM ET)
  • Small Business Voucher Notice Of Opportunity Additional Questions (Last Updated: 10/27/2016 04:40 PM ET)
  • Non-Negotiable TAPA Agreement (Last Updated: 10/7/2016 07:04 PM ET)
  • Non-Negotiable CRADA Agreement (Last Updated: 10/7/2016 07:04 PM ET)
  • Notice of Opportunity (Last Updated: 11/10/2016 11:37 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 11/10/2016 03:05 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

  • Small Business Voucher Request for Assistance Application Form (Last Updated: 10/11/2016 05:17 PM ET)
  • Small Business Voucher Notice Additional Questions Form (Last Updated: 10/11/2016 05:16 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 11/10/2016 03:08 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/14/2016 11:59 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/12/2017 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2017 5:00 PM ET

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.

This notice of intent (NOI) is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this NOI is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this NOI. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions.

EERE plans to issue the FOA in the Fall of 2016 via the EERE Exchange website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. If applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.

Documents

  • Notice of Intent No. DE-FOA-0001680 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001647 (Last Updated: 10/4/2016 05:14 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001615: Request for Information: Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities Modification 000001

 

Modification Information:

Modification 000002 updates this RFI removing all deadline submission dates.

Modification 000001 updates the deadline for submissions to September 9, 2016 at 5:00 P.M. ET  

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) seeks input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing capabilities to produce lignocellulosic sugars and lignin for use by the research community. Please note: It is DOE’s intent to make all information submitted in response to this RFI publicly available to other interested parties. Thus, respondents are specifically directed to NOT include ANY proprietary, business sensitive or otherwise confidential information in their responses. DOE will consider all information submitted in response to this RFI to be non-proprietary.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to sugarandlignin@ee.doe.gov. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 5 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic if applicable. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

Documents

  • Questions and Answers related to the content of this RFI. (Last Updated: 8/4/2016 05:13 PM ET)
  • Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001615_Mod_000002_Cellulosic Sugar and Lignin Production Capabilities (Last Updated: 10/28/2016 12:57 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001590: Request for Information: Advanced HVAC&R Research and Development (R&D)

 

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders, including building owners and operators, on questions related to residential and commercial HVAC&R technologies. This information will be used by BTO for strategic planning of the advanced HVAC&R R&D effort and to help guide BTO to craft the potential FOA in a manner that is most effective and optimally targeted at key needs in the industry, in order to achieve DOE’s goals related to HVAC&R (see background, above). More information on the current portfolio can be found at [http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/hvac-water-heating-and-appliances]. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to RFI-ADV-HVACR@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on July 25, 2016. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length (excluding appendices), 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001590 - Request for Information - Advanced HVAC&R Research and Development (R&D) (Last Updated: 6/14/2016 09:02 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001594: Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials Manufacturing

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. In 2013, EERE launched its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) with the goal of significantly increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and in domestic manufacturing across the board by increasing industrial energy productivity. EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a key role in executing the mission for CEMI by supporting research and development projects, shared research facilities and technical consortia, and technical assistance programs.

AMO establishes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in the Administration’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as shared research, development, and demonstration facilities to overcome cross-cutting challenges related to the manufacturing of clean energy and energy efficiency products, in addition to challenges associated with improving the energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector across the board. 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 manufacturing sector, which represents a particularly challenging sector to decarbonize, and improve U.S. manufacturing competiveness in the process.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

EERE will conduct one informational webinar during the FOA process. It will be held after the initial FOA release but before the due date for the Concept Paper.

Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar and EERE will not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

The informational Webinar was held June 29, 2016 at 3:00pm EDT.  A recording of the webinar can be found at the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3019594656354916356

The slides as well as a transcript of the webinar is also available for download in the FOA Documents section below.

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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for the Letter of Intent 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.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001594_Clean_Energy_Manufacturing_Innovation_Institute_for_Reducing_EMbodied-energy_And_Decreasing_Emissions_(REMADE) (Last Updated: 6/20/2016 10:18 AM ET)
  • FOA-0001594- FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation (Last Updated: 6/30/2016 10:44 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001594 Teaming Partner List as of 9-7-16 (Last Updated: 9/7/2016 10:26 AM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs 10-27-2016 (Last Updated: 7/13/2016 07:44 PM ET)
  • Webinar Transcript REMADE (Last Updated: 6/30/2016 10:44 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: 6/15/2016 05:40 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 6/15/2016 05:41 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 6/15/2016 05:42 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 6/15/2016 05:43 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/28/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/28/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/24/2016 7:00 PM ET – 10/28/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001596: Request for Information (RFI): Cost Reduction and Performance Improvements of Overwrapped Pressure Vessel Systems for Compressed Hydrogen for Onboard Vehicle Applications

This is a request for information from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) concering strategies and potential pathways for cost reduction and performance improvements of composite overwrapped pressure vessel (COPVs) systems for compressed hydrogen storage for onboard vehicles applications.

Currently, carbon fiber (CF) reinforced polymer (CFRP) composites are used to make COPVs. Type III COPVs have a metallic liner and Type IV COPVs have non-metallic liners. COPVs designed to store hydrogen gas at pressures up to 700 bar are being deployed in fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) currently available on the market. However, their high cost is a barrier for widespread commercial deployment of light-duty FCEVs. DOE requests information on technology strategies and pathways to reduce the cost of components of Type III and Type IV COPVs, including but not limited to the composite materials such as CF precursors, lower cost conversion processes for CF production, alternative fibers to CF, lower cost polymer resins, resin additives, etc., and other components such as liner and boss materials. In addition to strategies to reduce cost, DOE also requests information on technology strategies to improve system performance to reduce the amount of high cost composites required, designs for enhanced conformability and improved packaging, and design improvements with potential to lower cost of operation and improve performance of the refueling infrastructure (e.g., eliminate need for hydrogen pre-cooling).

The purpose of this RFI is to identify future strategic research and development pathways for the DOE to pursue with potential to meet future system cost targets. Note, this RFI is focused on COPVs which require high-strength fiber reinforced composites and is therefore differentiated by activities carried out through the EERE Vehicle Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Offices for vehicle lightweighting, which are focused on lower strength fiber reinforce composites.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. If a FOA is subsequently issued, final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to H2Storage@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on June 30, 2016. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 5 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Documents

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001593: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement, Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) in Materials 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 “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-waste.

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.

This NOI is issued so that interested parties are aware of EERE’s intention to issue a FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this NOI is subject to change. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or DOE may not issue a FOA at all.

Please access the complete Notice of Intent under the "Documents" heading below.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this NOI. 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 in June 2016.

The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE Exchange website. A User Guide for the EERE Exchange can be found on the EERE website http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchangeExchange/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001593 Notice of Intent to Issue DE-FOA-0001594 (Last Updated: 5/13/2016 11:50 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    EERE Exchange Support is only for questions about how to register and create an account in EERE Exchange and use of the EERE Exchange website. Please do not submit questions related to the content of this Notice of Intent.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001578: Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing

Modification 0001: The purpose of this modification is to clarify units of measurement and definitions in Section I.B and technical goals in Section I.C. Correct the compliance criteria for Concept Papers and Full Applications in Sections IV.C.i and IV.D.i respectively. Update content requirements for Full Applications in Section IV.D.ii, and update and clarify the Full Application Merit Review Criteria in Section V.A.ii.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. A core element of EERE’s mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness in innovation and manufacturing in emerging clean energy industries. To address this core element, EERE launched its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) in 2013 with the goal of significantly increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and in domestic manufacturing across the board by increasing industrial energy productivity. EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a key role in executing the mission for CEMI by supporting research and development projects, shared research facilities and technical consortia, and technical assistance programs.

AMO partners with private and public stakeholders to support the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of innovative technologies that can improve U.S. competitiveness, save energy, and ensure global leadership in manufacturing of clean energy technologies as well as improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in manufacturing. Specifically, AMO invests in cost‐shared RD&D activities in support of cross-cutting next generation materials and manufacturing processes that hold high potential to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related emissions, industrial waste, and the life‐cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.

EERE’s AMO establishes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as shared research, development, and demonstration facilities to overcome cross-cutting challenges related to the manufacturing of clean energy and energy efficiency products, in addition to challenges associated with improving the energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector across the board. This FOA supports the establishment of a Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Modular Chemical Process Intensification for Clean Energy Manufacturing. Modular chemical process intensification represents an emerging opportunity for processing industries in the U.S. manufacturing sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce feedstock waste, and improve productivity by merging and integrating separate unit processes (mixing, reactions, separation) into single modular hardware elements of reduced size, with higher efficiency and providing inherent scalability.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

EERE will conduct one informational webinar during the FOA process. It will be held after the initial FOA release but before the due date for the Concept Paper.

Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Specific dates for the webinar can be found on the cover page of the FOA. The informational Webinar will be held May 11, 2016 at 3:00pm EDT. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar.

**UPDATE -- Below is the link to the recording of the informational webinar:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8943953521415379203

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 (EERE‐ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov).

The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for the Letter of Intent 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.

Documents

  • FOA_FAQs Updated 8-16-16 (Last Updated: 4/21/2016 03:49 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001578 - Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing_MOD0001 (Last Updated: 5/4/2016 03:53 PM ET)
  • Webinar Slides: DE-FOA-0001578 (Last Updated: 5/11/2016 05:20 PM ET)
  • Webinar Transcript: DE-FOA-0001578 (Last Updated: 5/11/2016 05:20 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001578 Teaming Partner List as of 7/15/16 (Last Updated: 5/12/2016 03:24 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 4/21/2016 04:03 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 4/21/2016 04:04 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 4/21/2016 04:18 PM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/17/2016 03:59 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/15/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/17/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/9/2016 4:20 PM ET – 9/15/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001481: Request for Information (RFI): Understanding Scale-Up and Operation Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to “challenges encountered with the successful scale-up and reliable operation of integrated biorefinery plants (IBRs).” Specifically, BETO seeks information that will help it understand additional areas of research, capabilities, and yet to be addressed barriers and opportunities for stakeholder engagement pertaining to technology development and engineering solutions for the reliable operation of IBRs to produce biofuels, biochemicals and bioproducts.

BETO seeks information on all IBR processes and technologies, including any and all systems processes, technologies, methods and equipment employed to convert woody biomass, agricultural residues, dedicated energy crops, algae, municipal solid waste (MSW), sludge from wastewater treatment plants, and wet solids, into biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts.BETO seeks information on technical challenges that have hindered, or could in the future hinder, the achievement of reliable continuous operations. BETO is particularly interested in receiving stakeholder input on production systems expected to be in the range of feedstock throughput of 1 DTPD (Dry Tonne per Day) to 1,000 DTPD to:
1. Understand scale-up and mitigate operational risks and challenges for integrated biorefinery plants;
2. Develop robust handling of variable solid materials (dry and wet feedstocks, and/or residual solids remaining in the process)and investigate reactor feed systems operating under vacuum or at positive pressures;
3. Improve pre-processing methodologies to transform diverse types of feedstocks into homogeneous, standardized intermediates;
4. Advance process intensification focused on simplification (such as reduction in number of process steps); enable reliable, robust continuous operations; increase selectivity and enable hybrid separations; cost reduction through innovative fabrication and construction methods (for example, modularization of systems); and/or efficient water management techniques;
5. Address unique process issues (for example, the need to remove oxygen and lignin to facilitate efficient processing of feedstocks into products, the need to remove natural or derivatized contaminants), and pathways including
i. biological;
ii. thermochemical;
iii. catalytic
iv. biochemical;
v. algae; and
vi. hybrid pathways; and
6. Develop strategies to reduce Capital Expense (CapEx) costs by reducing technical risks and ensuring minimum modifications during different phases of the execution (for example, construction, commissioning, operations, etc.) of biorefinery projects.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. If a FOA is subsequently issued, final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001481 RFI Understanding Scale-Up and Operation Challenges for Integrated Biorefinery Optimization (Last Updated: 3/11/2016 03:57 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/6/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001467: NEXT GENERATION ELECTRIC MACHINES: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

Modification 0003: The purpose of this modification is to extend the “Expected Submission Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments” to 7/12/2016.

Modification 0002: The purpose of this modification is to revise Table 1 of Section I.A & Section I.B.iii. Topic Area 3: Superconducting Wire Manufacturing to correct the operating temperature from ‘77K’ to ‘above 65K’, and ‘Yttrium’ is replaced with ‘Rare Earth’. Correction made to footnote 34. Also, the symbol Je is replaced by Ic in Table 1.

Modification 0001: The purpose of this modification is to revise Section I.B.i. Topic Area 1: High Performance Thermal and Electrical Conductor Manufacturing to remove the references to measuring conductivity improvements by either weight or volume units.

Manufacturing is the use of energy, equipment, information, services, and capital to convert raw materials, components, and parts into goods that meet market expectations. As an economic sector, manufacturing generates 12 percent of U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employs 12 million Americans. The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) makes research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) investments in advanced manufacturing process and materials technologies. These technologies are foundational, pervasive, and promise crosscutting industrial applications and impact in reducing industry’s energy footprint and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as well as supporting the global competitiveness of clean energy products. By targeting the development of energy-related advanced manufacturing technology, AMO’s work can create completely new supply chains and stimulate significant economic growth and job creation.

AMO’s Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM) program is an RD&D effort leveraging recent technology advancements in power electronics and electric motors to develop a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed, integrated MV drive systems for a wide variety of critical energy applications. Improvements to these systems can be realized through the application of key enabling technologies, such as wide bandgap devices, advanced magnetic materials, improved insulation materials, aggressive cooling techniques, high speed bearing designs, and improved conductors or superconducting materials. Through this development program, NGEM will facilitate a step-change that enables more efficient use of electricity, as well as reduced drive system size and weight, developing lasting capabilities for motor material development, design, and analysis that are cost-shared with industry stakeholders.

This specific Financial Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is focused on advancing three key enabling technologies that can take the development of electric machines a giant step further by addressing significant reductions in three major categories of energy losses in an electric machine. The FOA leverages on recent technical advancements made in nanomaterial research, 6.5wt% siliconizing process in electrical steel manufacturing, and improved in-field performance of high temperature superconductor technology to realize the complete vision of developing a new generation of energy efficient, high power density, high speed electric machines for a wide variety of critical energy applications.

EERE conducted an informational webinar on March 16, 2016 at 1:00pm EDT. The purpose of this webinar was to give applicants an overview of the FOA process generally. No new information was provided in the webinar. Attendance was not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions.

A copy of the slides including a full transcript of the webinar can be downloaded below.

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.

Documents

  • FOA Webinar PowerPoint Slides and Transcript (Last Updated: 3/17/2016 02:41 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001467 Next Generation Electric Machines Enabling Technologies_MOD0003 (Last Updated: 6/24/2016 01:35 PM ET)
  • NGEM_II-FOA_1467_FAQs_6-06-16 (Last Updated: 6/6/2016 04:20 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

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 3/8/2016 02:15 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 3/8/2016 02:17 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/8/2016 02:17 PM ET)
  • Sf 424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/27/2016 03:12 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/12/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/7/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/6/2016 5:00 PM ET – 7/12/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001526: Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001526: Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities

The purpose of the modification is to extend the response deadline to March 11, 2016, 5:00PM (ET).

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking input from industry, academia, national laboratories and other biofuels and bioproducts stakeholders to identify existing pilot or process development scale facilities with the capability to perform process verifications for biomass conversion pathways to biofuels, bioproducts or intermediates which integrate multiple unit operations on a scale of approximately 0.5 or greater tons of dry biomass input per day.

The mission of DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to develop and transform the country’s biomass resources into commercially-viable high performance biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower through targeted research, development, demonstration and deployment (RD&D) supported through public and private partnerships. In this regard, BETO has a 2017 goal to verify a conversion pathway to a hydrocarbon biofuel modeled at $3/gallon gasoline equivalent (GGE). To facilitate this goal, BETO supports RD&D efforts which advance technologies to produce both drop-in biofuels which can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuel and biomass-based products/chemicals which can compete with their petroleum-derived counterparts and enable biofuels deployment.

In the past, BETO has gathered process performance data used in its design cases and State of Technology evaluations by conducting pilot-scale runs at national laboratory facilities such as the Integrated Biorefinery Facility (IBRF) or the Thermochemical User Facility (TCUF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). BETO is interested in assessing what other capabilities may exist to perform such process verifications at other domestic locations that have different or additional capabilities than those currently used. In addition, as part of the Omnibus Appropriations Bill of 2016, Congress has directed DOE to “develop a comprehensive list of existing demonstration and pilot-scale multi-user facilities for bio-based products, chemicals, and intermediates…and report to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act.”

The purpose of this RFI is to develop a comprehensive list of locations which exist as (or are willing to act as) pilot or process development scale multi-user facilities for biofuels and bio-based products, chemicals, and intermediates, including synthesis gas, cellulosic sugars, bio-oil, hydrogen, biogas and methane. We are exclusively requesting information on capabilities which are on the scale of approximately 0.5 tons of dry biomass input per day or greater. This information will be used to assess existing capabilities which could be leveraged to perform process verifications and determine the gaps of such an inventory. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Documents

  • Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001526 Modification 000002: Biofuels & Bioproducts Process Pilot Verification Capabilities (Last Updated: 2/12/2016 12:18 PM ET)
  • Questions and Answers relevant to the contents of this RFI (Last Updated: 2/18/2016 05:18 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/4/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/12/2016 5:00 PM ET – 4/4/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001384: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

***Amendment 000006 to DE-FOA-0001384***

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled "Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement."

This FOA supports a broad portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emission, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations. Projects will focus on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near-and-long-term vehicle technologies.

Activities will contribute to achieving the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, with a focus on accelerating the development of advanced batteries, power electronics, and lightweight materials technologies, while also supporting technology development to reduce petroleum consumption through advancements in combustion engines, alternative fuels, and other enabling technologies. The FOA also supports Clean Cities initiatives to overcome market barriers.

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Join us for a Webinar on January 28, 2016

Title: DE-FOA-0001384 Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement Applicant Webinar

Date: January 28, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Please register for this webinar using the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3302892619932711426

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

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Documents

  • Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement - Amendment 000006 (Last Updated: 3/23/2016 04:30 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 (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:09 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Form (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:10 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:10 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:11 PM ET)
  • Subaward Budget Justification Form (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:12 PM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:17 PM ET)
  • SOPO Template (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:17 PM ET)
  • Budget for Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Contractor File (Last Updated: 1/20/2016 07:18 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/18/2016 8:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/31/2016 8:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/3/2016 8:00 PM ET – 6/8/2016 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001460: Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001460: Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) are seeking stakeholder input on its Optima initiative, a DOE sponsored program focused on the development of new fuels and engine architectures that are co-optimized—designed in tandem to maximize performance and carbon efficiency. DOE is specifically interested in stakeholder input on 1) perspectives and interest in co-optimization of fuels and engines, 2) technical aspects of fuel and advanced compression ignition (ACI) engine interactions and 3) barriers to market acceptance and deployment of co-optimized fuels and engines.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the Optima initiative. EERE is specifically interested in information regarding additional areas of research that universities and others are interested in contributing to and collaborating on. This RFI will help BETO and VTO understand the additional areas of research, capabilities, and yet to be addressed barriers and opportunities for stakeholder engagement relative to the co-optimization of engines and fuels. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

This RFI is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. EERE may issue a FOA in the future based on or related to the content and responses to this RFI; however, EERE may also elect not to issue a FOA. There is no guarantee that a FOA will be issued as a result of this RFI. Responding to this RFI does not provide any advantage or disadvantage to potential applicants if EERE chooses to issue a FOA regarding the subject matter. Final details, including the anticipated award size, quantity, and timing of EERE funded awards, will be subject to Congressional appropriations and direction.

Any information obtained as a result of this RFI is intended to be used by the Government on a non-attribution basis for planning and strategy development; this RFI does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or abstracts. Your response to this notice will be treated as information only. EERE will review and consider all responses in its formulation of program strategies for the identified materials of interest that are the subject of this request. EERE will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this RFI. Respondents are advised that EERE is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this RFI. Responses to this RFI do not bind EERE to any further actions related to this topic.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to OptimaRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 8, 2016. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 5 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. EERE will not pay for information provided under this RFI and no project will be supported as a result of this RFI. This RFI is not accepting applications for financial assistance or financial incentives. EERE may or may not issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) based on consideration of the input received from this RFI.

Documents

  • Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001460 Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Last Updated: 12/15/2015 04:02 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

FCAOI3-0001412: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

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. 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 by adopting a technology–neutral approach toward 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)’s Area of Interest (AOI) 3 covers Consortium topics which include Fuel Cell - Performance and Durability (FC-PAD) and Hydrogen Storage Materials Discovery (HyMARC).

The eXCHANGE system enforces 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 &/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 &/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.

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Webinar:

A webinar describing the FC-PAD and HyMARC consortia activities for potential FOA applicants is scheduled for Thursday, January 7th at 2pm ET. The link to register for the webinar is below.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2706130484292389378

The webinar presentations is available in the Documents section of this posting.

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Replies to Reviewer Comments

Expected time frame: April 27, 2016 7:00PM to May 2, 2016 7:00PM Eastern Time

During this time period, EERE will provide eligible applicants with reviewer comments and an opportunity to provide a short reply. This is an optional submission. Review Sections IV.A and IV.E of the FOA for content and form requirements.


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001412 - Area of Interest 3 (Last Updated: 11/24/2015 06:12 PM ET)
  • FOA FAQs - Questions and answers regarding the content of this FOA (Last Updated: 12/21/2015 03:53 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001412 HyMARC FC-PAD Consortia Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 1/11/2016 04:05 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001412 HyMARC FC-PAD Webinar Q&A (Last Updated: 1/13/2016 02:43 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: 12/10/2015 11:50 AM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 12/10/2015 11:50 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 12/10/2015 11:51 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/10/2015 11:51 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/10/2015 11:52 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/15/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/28/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/27/2016 7:00 PM ET – 5/2/2016 7:00 PM ET

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

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