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EERE Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0001518 Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 11/21/2016 05:00 PM ET 2/21/2017 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001535 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 7/6/2016 08:00 PM ET 8/29/2016 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001595 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001518: “Scaling up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages”. Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001409 Request for Information (RFI) - Building Sensor and Control Technologies Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001383 Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 2/5/2016 05:00 PM ET 4/19/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001275 Notice of Intent to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001224 titled Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001213 FY2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 2/10/2015 05:00 PM ET 3/30/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001027 Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 3/6/2014 05:00 PM ET 4/21/2014 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001039 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001027, Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Buildings TBD TBD
  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-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-0000722 Electrochemical Storage Technologies Suitable for Automobile Industry Applications Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 1/31/2013 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000766 SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar Other Solar 4/2/2015 11:59 PM ET 5/24/2015 11:59 PM ET 7/22/2015 11:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000653 Plug and Play Photovoltaics Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 6/18/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000634 Plug and Play Technologies and Systems Request for Information (RFI) Request for Information (RFI) Solar 1/31/2012 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000520 Reducing Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET 6/23/2011 11:59 PM ET

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

 The Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program, working in cooperation with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Proving Ground program, will invest $6.5 million in a competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). DOE seeks proposals that drive innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic demonstration teams that include energy organizations (states, local governments or Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations), efficient building hubs (such as Innovation or Incubator hubs), utilities, and building energy modeling professionals.

This FOA builds off of current laboratory and simulation analysis of technology packages by investing in real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams who will identify and verify multi-system energy efficiency packages (groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls). Projects selected through this funding opportunity will prime the market for the adoption of emerging and underutilized technology packages and create new synergies between building stakeholder groups, and/or, ultimately help utilities develop and release or expand more aggressive and ambitious Energy Efficiency (EE) program offerings. This FOA also supports the critical function of evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) by using existing DOE tools and resources to: 1) identify the most impactful multi-system packages, 2) develop the preliminary savings calculations, 3) collect data to verify package performance along with other market factors in real buildings, and 4) foster more consistent energy efficiency programs across the country.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA was held on November 2, 2016 at 12:00PM Eastern Standard Time. Please see documents below in the "Documents" section for the powerpoint presentation and transcript.

EERE compiled a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the formation of new project teams for this FOA. The Teaming Partner List is available below under "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 &/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 &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant’s concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance, and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA’s posted deadline.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001518_-_Funding_Opportunity_Announcement_(FOA) (Last Updated: 10/19/2016 11:25 AM ET)
  • BTO CBI 2017 FOA Q&A Log (Last Updated: 2/15/2017 04:34 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001518 Teaming List_RFI Responses (Last Updated: 1/31/2017 02:51 PM ET)
  • EERE_205_-_FOA_Applicant_Webinar_Presentation (Last Updated: 11/2/2016 03:16 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001518__FOA_Applicant_Webinar_-small (Last Updated: 11/3/2016 03:25 PM ET)
  • EERE_205_-_FOA_Applicant_Webinar_Presentation_-_Transcript (Last Updated: 11/3/2016 04:39 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: 10/7/2016 05:02 PM ET)
  • EERE_303_-_Statement_of_Project_Objectives_(SOPO) (Last Updated: 10/7/2016 05:04 PM ET)
  • EERE_335_-_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 10/7/2016 05:05 PM ET)
  • Summary_Slide (Last Updated: 10/7/2016 05:06 PM ET)
  • SF_LLL_-_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 10/7/2016 05:07 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/21/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/21/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 4/3/2017 5:00 PM ET – 4/6/2017 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001535: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement

***Amendment 000003 to DE-FOA-0001535***

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO), this FOA entitled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement”.

This FOA will include three (3) areas of interest: 1) Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Program, 2) Direct Injection Propane Engine and 3) Alternative Fuel Vehicle Community Partner Projects. These topics will be detailed in later sections of this FOA.

This FOA supports DOE’s strategic goal of protecting the U.S. national and economic security by reducing imports and promoting a diverse supply of reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy. More specifically this FOA helps to achieve, by 2020, U.S. petroleum reduction of over 2.5 billion gallons per year through voluntary adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and infrastructure.

This goal will be achieved by reducing petroleum consumption through vehicle efficiency technologies; replacing petroleum fuels with alternative fuels, non-petroleum fuel blends, and electric drive technology vehicles; and reducing petroleum consumption through idle reduction technologies as well as through reduction in personal vehicle miles traveled or other means.

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Join us for a Webinar on Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Title: DE-FOA-0001535, "Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Multi-Topic Funding Opportunity Announcement"

Date: June 15, 2016

Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM ET

Please register prior to the webinar using the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6432621685191300098

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

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Documents

  • FINAL_Amendment_00003_DE-FOA-0001535_FY2016_Vehicle_Technologies_Multi-Topic_FOA (Last Updated: 8/22/2016 05:42 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

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:37 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Form (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:38 AM ET)
  • Subaward Budget Justification Form (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:38 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:38 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:39 AM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:41 AM ET)
  • SOPO Template (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:41 AM ET)
  • Budget for Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) Contractor File (Last Updated: 7/25/2016 08:41 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/6/2016 8:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/29/2016 8:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 11/7/2016 8:00 AM ET – 11/10/2016 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001595: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001518: “Scaling up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages”.

Notice of Intent No. DE-FOA-0001595

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001518

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Building Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Scaling up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages”.

The anticipated funding opportunity will seek innovative partnerships to significantly and rapidly increase the uptake of emerging and underutilized energy efficient and cost-effective building technology packages. The Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) program, working in cooperation with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Proving Ground program , will invest funds towards this competitive Funding Opportunity Announcement. EERE will seek applications that drive innovation in real building technology demonstrations while also fostering the collaboration of dynamic teams including deployment entities (states, local governments or Regional Energy Efficiency Organizations), efficient building hubs (such as Innovation or Incubator hubs), utilities, technology providers and/or building energy analysis professionals.

This anticipated FOA builds from the outcomes of existing demonstration projects, laboratory testing and simulation analysis of technology packages. Successful applicants to this FOA will propose high impact real building demonstrations led by strategically structured teams who will identify and verify the cost and energy performance of multi-system energy efficiency packages. Multi-system packages are groups of technologies that improve efficiency across two or more building systems: envelope, lighting/electrical, plug, process, heating, ventilation, cooling, refrigeration, energy management and information, sensors and controls. Applications selected for award negotiations through this funding opportunity will create new synergies between building stakeholder groups and ultimately leverage the $8 billion in annual Energy Efficiency (EE) program expenditures and/or support development of more aggressive and ambitious EE program offerings.

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Buildings Technologies Office, on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled, DE-FOA-0001518: “Scaling up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages”. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange on or about October 2016.

Documents

  • Notice of Intent (NOI) DE-FOA-0001595 to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001518 (Last Updated: 5/9/2016 09:45 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001409: Request for Information (RFI) - Building Sensor and Control Technologies

The United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) is seeking information from the public on sensor and control technologies that can be used within residential and commercial buildings to monitor and optimize energy performance and occupant comfort, as well as support energy-related transactions outside the building envelope. In particular, BTO is interested in the current state-of-the-art in sensor and control technologies, forthcoming research and development (R&D) advances that could reduce cost or improve performance, and the potential market implications of improved building energy management.

There are five categories in which BTO is seeking additional information:

Multi-purpose Plug-and-Play Sensor Packages

Virtual Sensors and Predictive Models

Sub-metering, Continuous Commissioning, and Automated Fault Detection & Diagnostics

Occupant-Centered Sensing and Controls

Other (does not fit in one of the above categories)

Eleven questions are presented, representing various aspects of information that are important for DOE to collect, such as: state of the art, metrics, qualitative criteria, R&D status, cost, market types, possible opportunities, improvements, and market barriers.

The full RFI can be accessed by clicking the link under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

This is solely a Request for Information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications and will not respond to questions. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to SensorsandControlsRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on October 31, 2015

Documents

  • Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001409 - Building Sensors and Control Technologies (Last Updated: 9/17/2015 11:48 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

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

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

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

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

INNOVATIONS section:

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

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

Topic 3: Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies

FRONTIERS section:

Topic 4: Plug and Play Sensor Systems

Topic 5: Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings

FOA Webinar Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


 

Documents

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Required Application Documents

Full Application

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

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001275: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001224 titled Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations”.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will cover a broad spectrum of the FCTO portfolio with topics ranging from research and development (R&D) to demonstration and deployment projects.  In particular, the R&D areas of interest for this FOA include hydrogen production via microbial biomass conversion; low PGM catalyst development for PEM fuel cell applications; development of an integrated intelligent hydrogen dispenser; and fuel cell and hydrogen manufacturing R&D focusing on hydrogen delivery pipeline manufacturing R&D.  This FOA also includes demonstration topic areas that will help to accelerate adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with specific interest in mobile hydrogen refuelers, fuel cell powered range extenders for light duty hybrid electric vehicles, and a Communities of Excellence topic featuring hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  

 

The FOA will include two general Areas of Interest each with several Subtopics:

 

Area of Interest 1: Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Research and Development (R&D)

 

1a. Hydrogen Production R&D: Microbial Biomass Conversion.

1b. Fuel Cell Technologies R&D: Low Platinum Group Metal Catalysts and Supports.

1c. Hydrogen Delivery R&D: Integrated Intelligent Hydrogen Dispensers for 700 bar Gaseous Refueling of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

1d. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D: Hydrogen Delivery Pipeline Manufacturing.

 

 

Area of Interest 2: Demonstration and Deployments to Enable Early Adoption of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies.

 

2a. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Validation: Mobile Refueling.

2b. Market Transformation: Demonstration and Deployment of Plug-In Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Light- Duty Vehicle.

2c. FCTO Crosscutting: America’s Climate Communities of Excellence.

 

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. This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. 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.

 

Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent.  Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA.  It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange February 2015.

Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001213: FY2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is an organization focused on achieving aggressive and well-defined mid-to-long term clean energy goals for the United States of America. In that context, EERE has established multi-year plans and roadmaps. EERE focuses the majority of its resources on a limited number of "highest probability of success" pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact. 

This roadmap-based approach is one of EERE's greatest strengths, but it can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways/approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways/approaches on our existing roadmaps.

To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is continuing to issue "Incubator" 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.  The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be “on ramped” to future MYPPs.  Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps.

DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally-friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment. 

For example, the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge requires dramatic improvements in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) performance and cost that are specified as technical targets and “stretch goals” for key technical areas of plug-in electric vehicles. These are detailed in the EV Everywhere Blueprint document, posted on the VTO website.

Other specific technology and technical goals can be found in supporting roadmaps and plans such as the Office's Multiyear Program Plan, U.S. DRIVE Partnership Plan; 21st Century Truck Roadmap and Technical White Papers; and other plans and roadmaps referenced on the website.

This Vehicle Technologies Incubator FOA is open to proposals that aim to bring to market a novel, non-incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. The full spectrum of technologies and non-hardware solutions relevant to efficient and environmentally friendly transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum will be considered for funding.

The description above is meant to demonstrate the breadth of possibilities. 

The following types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered:

• Commercial hardware technologies, products, and solutions;

• Incremental improvements to existing technologies, products, or solutions;

• Solutions, approaches, or technologies similar to those already being investigated through current or recent DOE projects; and

• Technologies that are not based on sound scientific principles (e.g., violates the law of thermodynamics).

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


Join us for a Webinar on January 20, 2015

Please register for the FOA 1213 webinar prior to 12:00pm, EST on 1/20/2015 using the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8741863273498284290

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email providing a link to join the webinar and a telephone number. Audio for this webinar will be available through your computer and/or telephone. If you choose to dial-in, you will need both the Access Code (provided in your confirmation email) and the Audio Pin (shown after joining the webinar on your computer).

Title:  FY2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator FOA Webinar

Date:  January 20, 2015

Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Required:  Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required:  Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001213 FY2015 VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES OFFICE INCUBATOR (Last Updated: 1/12/2015 02:08 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: 12/3/2014 10:31 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification EERE 159 Form (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:32 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:36 AM ET)
  • Subaward Budget Justification EERE 159 Form (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:37 AM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:37 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:38 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/10/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/30/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 5/27/2015 5:00 PM ET – 6/1/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001027: Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014

*** BENEFIT FOA 2nd Informational Webinar will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 3:00-4:00 ET. Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/344478633 ***

 

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued, on behalf of the Building Technologies Office (BTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014, Number DE-FOA-0001027. The FOA is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

 

Mandatory concept papers must be submitted through the EERE eXCHANGE website by March 6, 2014, followed by full applications due by April 21, 2014. Applicants must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for EERE eXCHANGE can be found at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system. 

 

The BENEFIT FOA includes the following Areas of Interest:

 

Incubators (Off-Roadmap):

 

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

 

Innovative energy-efficiency technologies, approaches, or design tools NOT already supported or targeted by BTO are eligible to apply under this area of interest, providing they show a clear application to residential and/or commercial buildings with significant primary energy savings potential.

Area of Interest 2:  Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems

Develop open architecture sensors and sensor systems that easily share data to enable building operators and owners to cost effectively capture energy and cost savings through the use of new and existing control system applications. Major goals in this development area are low cost, data sharing, and ease of deployment (plug-n-play methodologies).

Frontiers (Roadmap-Driven):

 

Area of Interest 3:  Advanced Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers

Applications are sought for advanced energy-efficient clothes dryers (vented and ventless).  Economic and technical goals are defined for this area.  Furthermore, concepts with measurable non-energy benefits, which are important for market success, are particularly encouraged.

Area of Interest 4:  Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components

Subtopic  1, Visibly transparent building envelope components:  There are technical and economic goals for this area that are significant improvements of current technology.  Performance metrics include ≥ R-7 (residential) and ≥ R-5 (commercial).

Subtopic 2, Opaque building envelope components:  The metrics and targets for this subtopic are > R-8/inch building envelope thermal insulation material that can be added to either the exterior or interior walls in existing buildings at < $0.30/ft2 installed cost premium (labor and material).  

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

Concept Paper

Full Application

  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/3/2014 06:41 PM ET)
  • EERE 159 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 2/3/2014 06:41 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities SF-LLL (Last Updated: 2/3/2014 06:42 PM ET)
  • Market Definition Calculator - Example for Topic Area 1 only. See FOA Section I.B.1. and Appendix F - Technical Potential and Payback Calculation. (Last Updated: 2/4/2014 03:21 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/6/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/21/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 5/22/2014 5:00 PM ET – 5/29/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001039: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001027, Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Building Technologies Office (BTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2014”, Number DE-FOA-0001027. The Notice of Intent is posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

 

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the first calendar quarter in 2014. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.  It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:

 

Incubators (Off-Roadmap):

 

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

 

Innovative energy-efficiency technologies, approaches, or design tools NOT already supported or targeted by BTO are eligible to apply under this area of interest, providing they show a clear application to residential and/or commercial buildings with significant primary energy savings potential.

Area of Interest 2:  Innovative Sensors & Sensor Systems

Develop open architecture sensors and sensor systems that easily share data to enable building operators and owners to cost effectively capture energy and cost savings through the use of new and existing control system applications. Major goals in this development area are low cost, data sharing, and ease of deployment (plug-n-play methodologies).

Frontiers (Roadmap-Driven):

 

Area of Interest 3:  Advanced Energy-Efficient Clothes Dryers

Applications are sought for advanced electric energy-efficient clothes dryers (vented and ventless).  Economic and technical goals are defined for this area.  Furthermore, concepts with measurable non-energy benefits, which are important for market success, are particularly encouraged.

Area of Interest 4:  Highly Insulating Building Envelope Components

Subtopic  1, Visibly transparent building envelope components:  There are technical and economic goals for this area that are significant improvements of current technology.  Performance metrics include ≥ R-7 (residential) and ≥ R-5 (commercial).

Subtopic 2, Opaque building envelope components:  The metrics and targets for this subtopic are > R-8/inch building envelope thermal insulation material that can be added to either the exterior or interior walls in existing buildings at < $0.30/ft2 installed cost premium (labor and material).

Documents

  • Notice of Intent DE-FOA-0001039 BENEFIT to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001027 (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 06:16 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 4/19/2014 5:00 PM ET – 6/18/2014 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000988: Vehicles Technologies Incubator

Amendment 000002 to DE-FOA-0000988

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is an organization focused on achieving aggressive and well-defined mid-to-long term clean energy goals for the United States of America. In that context, EERE has established multi-year plans and roadmaps. EERE focuses the majority of its resources on a limited number of "highest probability of success" pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact.

This roadmap-based approach is one of EERE's greatest strengths, which can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways/approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways/approaches on our existing roadmaps.

To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is issuing "Incubator" 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.  The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be “on ramped” to future MYPPs.  Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps.

DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment.  For example, the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge requires dramatic improvements in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) performance and cost that are specified as technical targets and “stretch goals” for key technical areas of plug-in electric vehicles. These are detailed in the EV Everywhere Blueprint document, posted on the VTO website. Other specific technology and technical goals can be found in supporting roadmaps and plans such as the Office's Multiyear Program Plan, U.S. DRIVE Partnership Plan; 21st Century Truck Roadmap and Technical White Papers; and other plans and roadmaps listed under the “information resources” and “plans and roadmaps” section of our website.

The VTO Incubator FOA areas of interest include but are not limited to:

· Energy Storage R&D

· Advanced Power Electronics and Electric Motors R&D

· Advanced Combustion Engine R&D

· Materials Technology

· Fuels and Lubricant Technologies

· Other – In addition to the above topic areas, this VTO Incubator FOA is open to applications that aim to bring to market a novel, non-incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals.

 

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0000988 Amendment 00002 (Last Updated: 2/12/2014 01:27 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 (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 09:01 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification EERE 159 (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 09:05 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 02:16 PM ET)
  • Subaward Budget Justification EERE 159 (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 09:06 AM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 09:12 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/16/2014 09:07 AM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/25/2014 8:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/16/2014 8:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 6/10/2014 5:00 PM ET – 6/13/2014 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000793: Amendment 000003 - Fiscal Year 2013 Vehicles Technologies Program-Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

Amendment 000003 to DE-FOA-0000793.  To view the changes associated with amendment, please refer to the FOA document below.


The mission of the Vehicle Technology Program (VTP) is to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for highway transportation vehicles (cars and trucks) that will meet or exceed performance expectations and environmental requirements, and enable America to use significantly less petroleum and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  The VTP focuses on highway vehicles, which account for 55 percent of total U.S. oil use ─ more than all U.S. domestic oil production.  Cost-competitive, more energy-efficient and fuel diverse vehicles will enable individuals and businesses to accomplish their daily tasks while reducing consumption of gasoline and diesel fuels. This will reduce U.S. demand for petroleum, lower carbon emissions, and decrease energy expenditures.

The VTP funds the advanced technology Research & Development (R&D) needed to achieve these goals. In the near to mid-term, transportation energy use can be reduced through improved vehicle energy efficiency from more efficient advanced combustion engines, Hybrid-Electric Vehicle (HEV), Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), and Electric Vehicle (EV) powertrains, and through reduced vehicle weight and ancillary load requirements.

This FOA supports the President’s EV Everywhere Grand Challenge with the goal of enabling U.S. companies to be the first in the world to produce electric vehicles that are as affordable for the average American family as today’s gas-powered vehicles within the next 10 years (by 2022).

Electric drive vehicles such as HEVs, PHEVs, and EVs have been identified as one important way to address the challenges of the nation’s dependence on imported oil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  VTP’s specific goals in this area include enabling the use of advanced electric drive technologies in vehicles by developing low-cost batteries, advanced power electronics and electric motors, along with the development and validation of models and simulation tools to predict the performance of advanced conventional and electric-drive vehicle systems. 

Advanced materials are essential for reducing vehicle weight to boost the fuel economy of modern automobiles, while maintaining safety and performance. Replacing cast iron and traditional steel components with lightweight materials such as high-strength steel, magnesium, aluminum, and polymer composites allows vehicles to carry advanced emissions-control equipment, safety devices, and integrated electronic systems, without an associated weight penalty. Using lighter materials also reduces a vehicle’s fuel consumption, because it takes less energy to accelerate a lighter object. For example, a 10% reduction in vehicle weight can yield a 6%–8% fuel-economy improvement.

Increasing the electric operating range of electric-drive vehicles is one of the keys to achieving mass market adoption in the U.S.  High efficiency occupant heating and cooling systems have the potential to significantly increase vehicle electric driving range while providing superior occupant comfort. Because of the higher efficiency of electric-drive vehicles, auxiliary loads such as passenger cabin heating, cooling, and window defrosting/defogging have a more significant impact on efficiency than in vehicles using internal combustion engines as their primary source of power.  Improving heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems is an essential component in the development of widely-accepted electric-drive vehicles.

As reflected in the FOA document, this FOA contains a total of 12 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced lightweighting and propulsion materials; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.

Documents

  • Amendment_000003 (Last Updated: 4/4/2013 12:44 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Required Application Documents

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/5/2013 08:14 AM ET)
  • SF-424A (Last Updated: 3/5/2013 08:14 AM ET)
  • PMC123_1_Detailed_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 3/5/2013 08:15 AM ET)
  • Environmental_Questionnaire (Last Updated: 3/5/2013 08:16 AM ET)
  • SF_LLL (Last Updated: 3/5/2013 08:16 AM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template (Last Updated: 3/5/2013 08:16 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • foa0000793@netl.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submission of applications through EERE Exchange. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/29/2013 8:00 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 7/5/2013 4:00 PM ET – 7/11/2013 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000722: Electrochemical Storage Technologies Suitable for Automobile Industry Applications

The Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking applications that support the Vehicles Technology Program’s (VTP) general goal to develop technologies that enable cars and trucks to become highly efficient through affordable and improved drivetrain, lightweighting technologies, and cleaner domestic fuels. Specific goals of the VTP Hybrid and Electric Systems Team include enabling the use of advanced electric drive technologies in vehicle systems by developing low-cost batteries, advanced power electronics and electric motor components, and the development and validation of models and simulation tools to predict the performance, fuel economy, and emissions of advanced conventional and electric-drive vehicle systems.

The energy storage goals will be accomplished through the funding of research and development (R&D) ranging from focused, long-term research to more applied R&D.  Most of the longer term research will be done in universities and the national laboratories, but much of the more applied work will be done within the domestic battery industry.  In order to ensure that this R&D is relevant and responsive to the needs of the manufacturers of electric drive vehicles VTP believes that it is important to be able to work with and through a consortium that brings together a significant fraction of the major manufacturers of electric drive vehicles in the US.  One of the goals of this consortium would be to engage the battery manufacturers and other key stakeholders, such as universities, National Laboratories, and manufacturers and developers that supply critical materials and components to the battery industry. The research and development to be carried out under this Funding Opportunity Announcements will be an integral part of the DOE’s effort to develop advanced transportation technologies that will significantly reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign oil, specifically by supporting R&D in the energy storage area for vehicles using electric drive components, including hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs).

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

  • Final_DE-FOA-_0000722 (Last Updated: 11/30/2012 08:18 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Required Application Documents

Full Application

  • SF424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 11/30/2012 08:24 PM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 11/30/2012 08:26 PM ET)
  • Non-Construction Programs (Last Updated: 11/30/2012 08:28 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable) (Last Updated: 11/30/2012 08:28 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/31/2013 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000766: SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar aims to motivate local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to collaborate towards improving the “going solar” experience from permit to plug-in for all Americans.

This competition offers a total of $10 million in cash awards to the best teams that bring process certainty and reduce the permit to plug-in time from current durations to a swift seven days for small PV systems (≤100 kW) or seven weeks for large systems (≤1 MW). SunShot will provide seed funding to help support up to 20 teams during a set 18-month performance period that begins in September 2015.

Goal and Prizes

Reduce permit-to-plug-in times towards seven days for PV systems ≤100kW (small system contest) or seven weeks for PV systems ≤1 MW (large system contest) and win cash prizes totaling $10 million.

Challenge and Rules

Install a number of PV systems time efficiently during a set 18-month period that aggregates to minimum 10 MW (small system contest) or 15 MW (large system contest) with best scores for repeatability, time performance and replicability. Read the rules to learn about these performance metrics.


NOTICE: This is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The FOA number is used for tracking purposes only.

Documents

  • SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar Official Rules (Last Updated: 3/9/2015 10:08 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/2/2015 11:59 PM ET
  • Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 5/24/2015 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/22/2015 11:59 PM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 7/22/2015 11:59 PM ET – 9/22/2015 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000653: Plug and Play Photovoltaics

Through the Plug and Play Photovoltaics Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy will invest up to $25 million over five years to advance the development of a commercial plug-and-play photovoltaic system, which is envisioned as an off-the-shelf product that is fully inclusive with little need for individual customization. Homeowners can install the system without special training or tools. The homeowner simply plugs the system into a PV-ready circuit and an automatic PV discovery process initiates communication between the system and the utility.

The plug-and-play concept has been implemented very successfully in the computer and automotive industries. The Department of Energy believes that these same innovations can be applied to the PV industry to reduce costs and simplify installations. This funding opportunity seeks to fundamentally change the design and installation of residential PV systems and help automate utility interconnection and permitting processes.

Universities, industry, utilities, local authorities having jurisdiction, national laboratories, and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit letters of intent by May 16, 2012 and full applications by June 18, 2012. For more information, download the full text of the FOA below.

Documents

  • Amendment 002 - DE-FOA-0000653 Plug and Play Photovoltaics, PDF Format (Last Updated: 4/24/2012 12:18 PM ET)
  • Amendment 002 - DE-FOA-0000653 Plug and Play Photovoltaics, Word Format (Last Updated: 5/9/2012 11:55 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 4/16/2012 11:28 AM ET)
  • SF-424A Budget_5 Period (Last Updated: 4/16/2012 11:38 AM ET)
  • PMC 123.1 Budget Justification_5_Period (Last Updated: 4/16/2012 11:38 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Lobbying Form (Last Updated: 4/16/2012 11:39 AM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 4/16/2012 01:27 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 5/8/2012 04:05 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/18/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000634: Plug and Play Technologies and Systems Request for Information (RFI)

This is a Request for Information (RFI). DOE may issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein or DOE may issue no FOA at all.

The SunShot Initiative is investigating the development of transformational Plug and Play technologies and systems to reduce the so-called soft costs of the Balance of System, which include permitting, inspection, and grid interconnection.  When installing a PV system is as simple as plugging an appliance into a wall outlet, the residential PV market will grow at an accelerated rate, both due to the simplicity of installation and the associated reduction in cost of the overall system. The potential funding opportunity will address the process-related issues and barriers by taking a fresh look at the grid and distributed PV systems as a whole and exploring new technology pathways to reduce total system costs and ease installation. The topic areas cover, but are not limited to, PV module technology, power electronics design, grid integration approaches, racking hardware design, and system installation process. Respondents are asked to comment on the questions in the RFI (see document under "FOA Documents" below).  Respondents are also encouraged to comment on the value of the anticipated Plug and Play PV systems, as well as your organization’s anticipated interest in participating in such an opportunity.

All responses to this RFI must be delivered electronically in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) format as an attachment to an email sent to the following email address: PlugandPlayRFI@go.doe.gov. 

Documents

  • Request for Information: Plug and Play Technologies and Systems (Last Updated: 1/4/2012 04:40 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • PlugandPlay@go.doe.gov 
    Submit RFI Responses to this email address.  Questions may also be sent to PlugandPlayRFI@go.doe.gov with the subject line “Question”.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 

    For questions regarding the EERE Exchange system.  All questions must be submitted at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/31/2012 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000520: Reducing Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs

Note:  Only those applicants who successfully submitted a Letter of Intent by June 9, 2011 are eligible to submit a Full Application to this Funding Opportunity Announcement.

The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to significantly reduce market barriers and the balance of system non-hardware cost components of Photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Under this FOA, DOE intends to support software and database development, advance the utility and regulatory environment and simplify and streamline the process of installing solar systems.

There are three main topics to which an application may be submitted under this FOA:

Topic 1:  Codes, Standards and Processes

Topic 2:  Software Design Tools and Databases

  • Sub-Topic 2A: Utility-Scale Project Siting Tool
  • Sub-Topic 2B: Plug-and-Play Tools to Facilitate Preparation and Review of Permit Applications
  • Sub-Topic 2C: Database of PV Permitting Processes in Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Sub-Topic 2D: PV System Verification Tool
  • Sub-Topic 2E: Utility Rates Database 

Topic 3:  Regulatory and Utility Solutions 

Documents

  • FULL TEXT: Amendment 001 - Reducing Market Barriers and Non-Hardware Balance of System Costs (Last Updated: 5/5/2011 01:20 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SF-424 Application for Financial Assistance (Last Updated: 5/5/2011 01:26 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 5/5/2011 01:33 PM ET)
  • SF-424A (Last Updated: 5/6/2011 04:49 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 5/5/2011 01:34 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 5/5/2011 01:29 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • nhbos@go.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the content of this announcement.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding the submissions of applications through EERE eXCHANGE. All questions must be submitted at least 3 days prior to each submission deadline.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Letter of Intent Submission Deadline: 6/9/2011 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2011 11:59 PM ET