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  DE-FOA-0002632 Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Geothermal Technologies (GTO) 10/11/2022 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002697 Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale (FARMS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies (SETO) 6/1/2022 05:00 PM ET 6/22/2022 05:00 PM ET 9/9/2022 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002682 DE-FOA-0002682: Request for Information on Community-scale Resource and Energy Recovery from Waste Solutions Request for Information (RFI) Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002415 Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Water Power Technologies (WPTO) 8/13/2021 05:00 PM ET 10/5/2021 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002396 FY21 BETO Scale-up and Conversion FOA DE-FOA-0002396 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) 4/30/2021 05:00 PM ET 6/21/2021 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002416 FY21 BETO Scale-up and Conversion FOA DE-FOA-0002396 Notice of Intent Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0002336 Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) 8/4/2020 05:00 PM ET 10/6/2020 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002071 Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Wind Energy Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Wind Energy Technologies (WETO) 4/29/2019 05:00 PM ET 7/1/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001421 RFI - Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition Request for Information (RFI) Weatherization & Intergovernmental (WIPO) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001217 Notice of Intent to Issue Fiscal Year 15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Bioenergy Technologies (BETO) TBD

DE-FOA-0002632: Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Modification 0001: The purpose of this modification is to:

1.) Change date of EERE selection notification to April 2023

Update: Given the recent addition of the current and pending support requirement, DOE is being very flexible on what current and pending support documentation, if any, applicants submit for the application stage. No applicant will be deemed ineligible based on the submission or lack of submission of current and pending support documentation. For selectees under this FOA, DOE may designate covered individuals for the current and pending reporting requirements during award negotiations.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Community Geothermal Heating and Cooling Design and Deployment” is issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO).

Building a clean and equitable energy economy and addressing the climate crisis is a top priority of the Biden Administration. This FOA will advance the Biden Administration’s goals to achieve carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035 and to “deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050 to the benefit of all Americans. The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of underserved communities.

The overall FOA objective is to support the formation of U.S. community coalitions that will develop, design, and install community geothermal heating and cooling systems that supply at least 25% of the overall community heating or heating and cooling demand in communities where current fuel use to heat or heat and cool homes and/or businesses results in increased greenhouse gas emissions. An overarching goal of this FOA is to support community coalitions seeking to deploy geothermal systems that can reduce the disproportionate shares of energy costs and associated environmental contaminants to underserved populations in a diverse set of communities. Target applicants are anticipated to be U.S. community coalitions. Coalitions can be from urban, suburban, rural, remote, island, or islanded communities where geothermal technology can reduce dependence on fossil fuels such as natural gas or heating oil.

Additional FOA objectives include:

Supporting U.S. communities by reducing energy costs brought on by fossil fuel dependenceIncreasing U.S. community energy system resilience for secure and reliable heating and coolingReducing environmental pollutantsSupporting U.S. communities in developing a strategy to train and employ community members in system design and trades necessary to build, operate, and maintain community geothermal systems

Please see the 'Full FOA Document' in the DOCUMENTS section below.

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Update: Given the recent addition of the current and pending support requirement, DOE is being very flexible on what current and pending support documentation, if any, applicants submit for the application stage. No applicant will be deemed ineligible based on the submission or lack of submission of current and pending support documentation. For selectees under this FOA, DOE may designate covered individuals for the current and pending reporting requirements during award negotiations.

Documents

  • Full FOA Document (Last Updated: 3/28/2023 02:17 PM ET)
  • FOA Q&A Log (Last Updated: 10/11/2022 12:59 PM ET)
  • Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 10/11/2022 04:07 PM ET)
  • Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 9/1/2022 01:11 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

Webinar Details

Additional informational webinars will be held on dates/times below. For further information and to register to attend the webinar, please go to the link provided:

Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 at 3PM EDT:    https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?RGID=r39e0dfe5490fb0254366912ea5fe9a47 

Monday, Aug 22, 2022 at 2PM EDT:     https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?RGID=r90404fc82dc40715d6d35622f143d2bc

If clicking the link does not bring you to the registration page, please copy/paste into your browser. Upon registration, participants will receive an email with the meeting details (calendar invitation, how to join, phone number, passwords etc.)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/11/2022 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/6/2023 5:00 PM ET – 1/11/2023 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002697: Foundational Agrivoltaic Research for Megawatt Scale (FARMS)

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) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) to invest in innovative research and development (R&D) that accelerates the large-scale development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. By investing in research on the co-location of solar photovoltaics (PV) and agriculture (“agrivoltaics”), this FOA will advance the decarbonization of the energy system while providing new economic opportunities to farmers, rural communities, and the solar industry.

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002697 FARMS FOA Modification 000001 (Last Updated: 8/5/2022 12:14 PM ET)
  • FOA Q&A 2697 updated 9/8/22 (Last Updated: 9/8/2022 08:36 AM ET)
  • Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 8/19/2022 02:32 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 5/3/2022 11:57 AM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_(5_BPs) (Last Updated: 8/9/2022 09:20 AM ET)
  • SOPO Template (Last Updated: 5/3/2022 12:02 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/3/2022 12:04 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL (Last Updated: 5/3/2022 12:05 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/3/2022 12:06 PM ET)

Webinar Details

Recording link: https://doe.webex.com/doe/ldr.php?RCID=81d02cbef4482c16f8c505f2d7838e13

Password: FARMSsolar2022

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 6/1/2022 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/22/2022 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/9/2022 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/6/2022 9:00 AM ET – 10/13/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002682: DE-FOA-0002682: Request for Information on Community-scale Resource and Energy Recovery from Waste Solutions

Please see the full RFI document in the Documents section below.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to Community Programs for Organic Waste.

EERE is seeking to understand which of these economic, environmental, and social impacts are of highest priority to communities. EERE is also seeking additional information about how to make this program more effective and identify additional technical assistance needs that are most in demand by rural communities.

Note that for the purposes of this RFI, BETO is particularly interested in the following organic waste streams:

  • dairy manure
  • swine manure
  • food waste
  • municipal wastewater residuals
  • fats/oils/greases

This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to CommunityWasteRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on March 11, 2022. 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 6 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

In addition to providing written responses to this RFI, respondents may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member regarding the content of their written responses to the RFI questions. Similarly, if a respondent is unable to submit written responses, or would otherwise prefer to do so, he/she may request a 30-minute individual discussion with a BETO staff member to verbally provide responses to the RFI questions. If a respondent wishes to participate in an individual discussion for either of these reasons, please submit your request to CommunityWasteRFI@ee.doe.gov and you will be contacted by a BETO staff member to schedule a time for the discussion. Requests for an individual discussion must be requested no later than 5:00pm (ET) on March 11, 2022.

Please see the full RFI document in the Documents section below.

Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002415: Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave

A recording of the FOA Webinar held 7/22/2021 is here: https://youtu.be/0KqRyn57BmE 

 

A copy of the slides is found under DOCUMENTS below.

 

Modification 0004

The purpose of this modification is to add additional resources to Appendix G - Example performance Metrics. The word "design" is also added to Topic Area 1, Budget Period 2 title in Table 3 to clarify expectations for the Budget Period. 

 

 

Modification 0003

The purpose of this modification is to amend Table 3 for Topic Area 1. See page 2 of the FOA for details. 

 

Modification 0002

The purposes of this modification are to:

1. Revise Topic Area 1 Anticipated Period of Performance to 48 months: Table 1 on page 11, revised Topic Area 1 award duration to up to 48 months on page 12, and BP2 duration to 39 months in Table 3 on page 16. Change wording on page 12 to say between instead of at least; and

2. Replace “Project partners” with “subrecipients” and “subcontractors” with “vendors” on pages 42, 49,50, and 51.

 

Modification 0001

The purposes of this modification are to:

1. Add additional text to Table 3. TA1 (both TA1a and TA1b) Scope, deliverables, schedule on pages 15 and 16; and

2. Revise Topic Area 3 requirements in Section III.E. Limitation on Number of Concept Papers and Full Applications Eligible for Review on page 39. 

 

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave.” This FOA will directly support open water Research and Development (R&D) at the PacWave test site[1] that is needed to advance wave energy converter (WEC) technologies towards commercial viability. This FOA will only fund projects that perform testing at the PacWave test site, projects that propose testing at the PacWave North test site will not be considered for funding. Accordingly, the remainder of this solicitation refers to “PacWave South” simply as “PacWave”.

 

WEC technologies are still in the early stages of development and the industry has had limited opportunities to deploy and test cost-competitive WEC technologies. Accordingly, WPTO supports a broad spectrum of foundational R&D activities aimed at advancing WEC technologies that can provide electricity to utility grids to help meet the Nation’s growing renewable energy needs, and can provide energy solutions that support the development of the blue economy[2]. In this context, over the last decade WPTO has supported a broad range of R&D including the development of numerical modeling tools, the design and optimization of WEC systems and components, the characterization of WECs and system components through tank and laboratory testing, the characterization and development of materials, the development of WEC control systems, along with limited open water systems testing activities.

 

Enabled in part by WPTO’s support, the WEC industry and R&D community have developed WEC technologies and system designs to the point where comprehensive open water testing is needed to advance technologies further towards commercialization. To meet the open water testing needs of the WEC community, WPTO recently made a significant investment in the PacWave wave energy test facility that is being constructed off the coast of Newport, Oregon. This pre-permitted, highly-energetic, and grid-connected deep water wave energy testing facility enables system and component testing across a range of scales. WPTO anticipates that PacWave will play a critical role in the development of the WEC industry and that early PacWave testing campaigns will significantly advance WEC technologies.

 

[1] PacWave is an open ocean wave energy testing facility consisting of two sites, each located just a few miles from the deep-water port of Newport, Oregon on the ever-energetic Pacific Ocean. See the PacWave website and the “PacWave Information and Support” section for additional details - http://pacwaveenergy.org/

[2] WPTO broadly categorizes the blue economy into two themes: (1) Providing power at sea to support offshore industries, science, and security activities and (2) Meeting the energy and water needs of coastal and rural island stakeholders in support of resilient coastal communities. More information about blue economy application of WEC technologies can be found in the Powering the Blue Economy report at , which investigates opportunities for marine energy to provide power for remote locations, microgrids, maritime industry activities, or ocean R&D expeditions.-economy-report, which investigates opportunities for marine energy to provide power for remote locations, microgrids, maritime industry activities, or ocean R&D expeditions.

 

Documents

  • FOA 2415_Applicant_Webinar_Presentation (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)
  • FOA_QandA_Spreadsheet (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)
  • Mod 0004 DE-FOA-0002415 Advancing Wave Energy Technologies through Open Water Testing at PacWave (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

View Application Forms and Templates

Full Application

  • BudgetJustificationTemplate (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)
  • EERE_T_540.131__SOPO.docx (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)
  • SF_424_ Application_for_Federal_Assistance (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)
  • SF_LLL_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template.ppt (Last Updated: 10/19/2021 02:00 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 8/13/2021 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/5/2021 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 11/3/2021 5:00 PM ET – 11/8/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002396: FY21 BETO Scale-up and Conversion FOA DE-FOA-0002396

Amendment 000001: The purpose of this amendment is to remove the Risk Mitigation Plan for Topic Areas 1b and 1c; update Appendix G - Acceptable Feedstocks, to correct an error and reconcile Topic Area 3a requirements with the text of the FOA; and update Appendix H - Supplemental Content Requirements and Instructions. See FOA DE-FOA-0002396/00001 for details.

Building a clean and equitable energy economy and addressing the climate crisis is a top priority of the Biden Administration. This FOA will advance the Biden Administration’s goals to achieve carbon pollution-free electricity sector by 2035 and to “deliver an equitable, clean energy future, and put the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050.“[1] The Department of Energy (DOE) is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of underserved communities.

In support of these Administration priorities, the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is focused on developing technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources (e.g., municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. These bioenergy technologies can enable a transition to a clean energy economy, create high-quality jobs, support rural economies, and spur innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production – the bioeconomy. The activities funded through this opportunity will mobilize public clean energy investment in the biofuels, chemical and agricultural industries, accelerate the deployment of bioenergy technologies, and support achieving economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050.

This FOA supports high-impact technology RDD&D to accelerate the bioeconomy and, in particular, the production of low-carbon fuels for the aviation industry. BETO is focusing on applied RDD&D to improve the performance and reduce cost of biofuel production technologies and scale-up production systems in partnership with industry. By reducing cost and technical risk, BETO can help pave the way for industry to deploy commercial-scale integrated biorefineries and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hard to decarbonize sectors, such as aviation. The Program is focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that are capable of producing low-carbon drop-in biofuels at $2.50 per gallon gasoline equivalent (GGE) by 2030, as well as associated renewable chemical co-products to achieve this target.[2] BETO is focused on biofuel production pathways that can deliver at least 70% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum.

The research and development (R&D) activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will support high-impact RDD&D focusing on the production of low-GHG fuels for the aviation industry, as well as the long-haul trucking and marine industries by soliciting proposals to scale-up technologies; cost effectively produce biomass derived sugars as an intermediate for the production of biofuels and bioproducts; and support cost effective separation technologies. In addition, the FOA will support increasing the efficiency of residential wood heaters and the production of renewable natural gas.

An informational webinar will be held on April 16th, 2021 at 3:00 PM ET. The webinar will review the Funding Opportunity Announcement and Merit Review process, but will only discuss Topic Area 1: Scale-up of Biotechnologies specific requirements due to the complex nature of the topic area. Please note, there are no particular advantages or disadvantages to the application evaluation process with respect to participating in the webinar. Your participation is completely voluntary. Please register for the webinar at: https://www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/events/webinar-scale-biotechnologies

The informational webinar slides have been uploaded to the Announcement Documents section below. The informational webinar recording has been posted to YouTube. Interested parties to this FOA can view the webinar at the following link:

https://youtu.be/3fGLrGbYpy4


Questions regarding the FOA must be submitted to FY21BETOMultiTopicFOA@ee.doe.gov.

Answers to the questions will be posted to an excel spreadsheet found in the announcement Documents section of the FOA posting.

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.



[1] Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad,” January 27, 2021.

[2] U.S. Department of Energy (2020), Bioenergy Technologies Office 2019 R&D State of Technology, DOE/EE-2082, https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2020/07/f76/beto-2019-state-of-technology-july-2020-r1.pdf

Documents

  • Amendment 00001 - DE-FOA-0002396 FY21 BETO Scale-up and Conversion FOA (Last Updated: 5/6/2021 03:32 PM ET)
  • FOA_Q&A_Questions_&_Answers_Related_to_the_Content_of_this_FOA_2396 (Last Updated: 7/19/2021 02:42 PM ET)
  • FY21 BETO EERE_T_540.117-02_FOA_Applicant_Webinar_Presentation_Exchange_Final (Last Updated: 4/22/2021 05:35 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

  • Template Budget Justification (Last Updated: 3/26/2021 10:52 AM ET)
  • Template SOPO (Last Updated: 3/26/2021 10:52 AM ET)
  • SF424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 3/26/2021 10:53 AM ET)
  • SF_LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/26/2021 10:53 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 3/31/2021 11:27 AM ET)
  • Topic Area 1a Block Flow Diagram and Supplemental Data Template (Last Updated: 3/29/2021 01:51 PM ET)
  • Topic Area 1b, 1c Block Flow Diagram and Supplemental Data Template (Last Updated: 3/29/2021 01:51 PM ET)
  • Topic Area 1b, 1c Proforma Cash Flow Analysis Instructions and Template (Last Updated: 3/29/2021 01:48 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Template (5 BPs) (Last Updated: 5/14/2021 04:18 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/30/2021 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/21/2021 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/15/2021 5:00 PM ET – 7/20/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002416: FY21 BETO Scale-up and Conversion FOA DE-FOA-0002396 Notice of Intent

Amendment 000002: EERE is amending this Notice of Intent to revise the language in the introduction and topic area descriptions to better align with the most recent guidance from the Acting Assistant Secretary.

_____________________________________

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “FY21 Bioenergy Technologies Scale-up and Conversion FOA.”

Building a clean energy economy and addressing the climate crisis is a top priority of the Biden Administration. The Administration has laid out a bold plan to lead the world in building a clean energy economy, addressing climate change and achieving net-zero emissions no later than 2050 to the benefit of all Americans. The Department of Energy is committed to pushing the frontiers of science and engineering, catalyzing clean energy jobs through research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D), and ensuring environmental justice and inclusion of disadvantaged communities.

In support of these Administration priorities, BETO is focused on developing technologies that convert domestic biomass and other waste resources (e.g. municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts. These bioenergy technologies can enable a transition to a clean energy economy, create high-quality jobs, support rural economies, and spur innovation in renewable energy and chemicals production – the bioeconomy. The activities funded through this opportunity will mobilize public clean energy investment in the biofuels, chemical and agricultural industries, accelerate the deployment of bioenergy technologies, and support achieving economy-wide net-zero emissions by 2050.

This FOA may support high-impact technology RDD&D to accelerate the bioeconomy and, in particular, the production of low-carbon fuels for the aviation industry. BETO is focusing on applied RDD&D to improve the performance and reduce cost of biofuel production technologies and scale-up production systems in partnership with industry. By reducing cost and technical risk, BETO can help pave the way for industry to deploy commercial-scale integrated biorefineries and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hard to decarbonize sectors, such as aviation. The Program is focused on developing and demonstrating technologies that are capable of producing low-carbon drop-in biofuels at $2.50 per gallon gasoline equivalent (GGE) by 2030, as well as associated renewable chemical co-products to achieve this target. BETO is focused on biofuel production pathways that can deliver at least 70% lower lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions than petroleum.

This notice of intent (NOI) is issued so that interested parties are aware of EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All 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.

Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002336: Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems

In recent years a growing number of utilities responsible for clean water have been moving from strict wastewater treatment to water resource management, some formally renaming themselves as water resource recovery facilities (WRRFs). Energy efficiency in equipment, processes, and operations is a fundamental part of this transition, and energy savings in facility retrofits can reach 50 percent. In addition to energy efficiency improvements, wastewater contains about five times more energy than is needed for its treatment, creating an opportunity for new, innovative technologies and approaches to recovering that energy content.

Looking even more broadly than municipal wastewater treatment facilities - across the entire energy-water nexus - water and wastewater contain a significant amount of recoverable chemical, thermal, and hydrodynamic energy content. Treatment efficiencies and energy recovery options across the energy-water nexus create the possibility for a growing percentage of treated water and wastewater systems in municipal, industrial, agriculture, utility, oil and gas and other sectors to achieve net-zero energy consumption, and even to become net producers of energy under favorable circumstances.

Energy is often the second-highest operating cost (behind labor costs) for water and wastewater treatment systems. Black & Veatch’s client surveys indicate that energy costs at water and wastewater utilities account for well over 10% of total operating costs for a large majority of utilities, with a significant number of utilities having energy costs that exceed 30 percent. Increasingly stringent regulations for contaminants are pushing water and wastewater treatment systems to use even more advanced – and energy intensive – treatment technologies. The energy use of these systems is expected to increase by up to 20 percent in the coming decades due to more stringent water quality standards and growing water demand based on population growth. Additionally, water and wastewater treatment facilities, pipes, and related infrastructure in cities around the country are approaching their end of expected service life. Therefore, a unique window of opportunity exists to replace the aging infrastructure with new, innovative approaches to water and wastewater treatment, resource recovery, and water reuse by looking more broadly at interconnected, cross-sector opportunities (i.e. municipal, industrial, agriculture, oil and gas, etc.) across the energy-water nexus to develop water and wastewater treatment systems of the future – advanced water resource recovery systems.
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to conduct research, development, and deployment on technology innovations that enable advanced water resource recovery systems. Topic Area 1 of this FOA seeks to advance the development of transformative technologies beyond early stage research and development (R&D) to become pilot ready (TRL 4-6). Whereas, Topic Area 2 of this FOA seeks to test currently developed, pilot ready technologies (TRL 6-7) though design, build, and operations in industrially relevant conditions to enable commercialization.

This FOA is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) as part of the DOE’s Water Security Grand Challenge (WSGC). The WSGC is a White House initiated, U.S. DOE led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. Using a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, R&D, and other programs, the Water Security Grand Challenge has set the following goals for the United States to reach by 2030:

Launch desalination technologies that deliver cost-competitive clean water;Transform the energy sector’s produced water from a waste to a resource;Achieve near-zero water impact for new thermoelectric power plants, and significantly lower freshwater use intensity within the existing fleet;Double resource recovery from municipal wastewater; and, Develop small, modular energy-water systems for urban, rural, tribal, national security, and disaster response settings.


As part of the WSGC, DOE announced a $1 million Water Resource Recovery Prize to accelerate resource recovery from municipal wastewater across the United States. DOE also announced the selection of the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) to lead DOE’s Energy-Water Desalination Hub, an early stage R&D consortia focused on desalination technologies. This FOA seeks to leverage these investments to further develop technologies for advanced water resource recovery systems.

Questions regarding the FOA must be submitted to AMOWaterFOA@ee.doe.gov

Answers to the questions will be posted to an excel spreadsheet found in the annoucement Documents section of the FOA posting.

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

  • DE-FOA-0002336: Research and Development for Advanced Water Resource Recovery Systems (Last Updated: 6/30/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002336: Question and Answer Log (Last Updated: 2/17/2021 04:45 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:03 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 6/29/2020 03:05 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 8/4/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/6/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 11/5/2020 5:00 PM ET – 11/10/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002071: Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Wind Energy Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement

The FOA has been modified to:

1) Revise the eligibility information for applications under Area of Interest 4 on page 21 to remove the requirement that the prime recipient must perform more than 50% of the project work, as measured by the Total Project Costs; and

2) Revise and clarify required LCOE analysis and include additional detail on assumptions in Appendix H – Guidelines for Tall Tower Estimates.

(See DE-FOA-0002071_Mod 003 under the "Documents" heading below.)

The FOA was previously modified (002) to extend the FOA closing date and Expected Date for EERE Selection Notifications from 6/17/2019 to 7/1/2019 and August 2019 to September 2019, respectively.

The FOA was also previously modified (001) to correct the maximum funding amount for Subtopic 2a on page 10.

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing, on behalf of the Wind EnergyTechnologies Office (WETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Wind Energy Technologies Office Funding Opportunity Announcement.”

This FOA consists of four Areas of Interest and will provide $28.1M in federal funding for innovative wind energy technologies research and development including land-based, distributed, and offshore applications.

1) Wind Innovations for Rural Economic Development (WIRED)

Subtopic 1a: Fully integrated distributed wind research and development (R&D) innovations to enhance resilience and reliability

Subtopic 1b: Balance of system cost reduction through standardization

2) Utilizing and Upgrading National-Level Facilities for Offshore Wind R&D

Subtopic 2a: R&D utilizing existing national-level offshore wind testing facilities

Subtopic 2b: R&D requiring upgrades to existing national offshore wind testing facilities

3) Project Development for Offshore Wind Technology Demonstrations

4) Tall Towers for U.S. Wind Power

Please carefully review the complete FOA, 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.

Please note the "Submission Deadlines" below. The EERE Exchange system is 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 are encouraged to submit Concept Papers and Full Applications at least 48 hours in advance of the related Submission Deadline.

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 at EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002071_Mod_003 (Last Updated: 6/13/2019 05:20 PM ET)
  • FOA_Q&A_2071 (Last Updated: 9/27/2019 12:32 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

  • Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 3/8/2019 01:15 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives (Last Updated: 3/8/2019 01:16 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/8/2019 01:19 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 3/8/2019 01:19 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/29/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001421: RFI - Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing a new initiative to significantly accelerate adoption of sustainable clean and energy efficiency strategies in remote rural Alaskan communities. For the purposes of this initiative, ”remote or rural areas” include communities with a population of 5,500 or less that are not connected by an all-weather road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks, or with a population of 1,500 or less that are connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks. Through the proposed competitive process, the Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition is being designed to empower Alaskan communities to develop solutions for effectively advancing the use of reliable, affordable, and energy efficient solutions that are applicable throughout rural communities in Alaska and potentially in other Arctic regions. It is anticipated that DOE may have up to $4 million in technical assistance and other support through this initiative. The RFI will gather input from Alaskan stakeholders as well as others to help shape the design of the competition and ensure the goals and activities of the initiative are relevant to remote rural Alaskan communities.

The purpose of this RFI is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This RFI is not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format) electronically to: AlaskaCompetition@hq.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm ET on October 30, 2015.



Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001421 Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition (Last Updated: 9/29/2015 04:03 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001217: Notice of Intent to Issue Fiscal Year 15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue, on behalf of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and DOE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Request for Applications (RFA) entitled “Fiscal Year 15 Biomass Research and Development Initiative (“BRDI”).”

 

The RFA will address USDA and DOE programmatic objectives, administrative roles, and areas of interest in implementing Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) grants. Section 9001(a) of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (FCEA) (Pub. L. 110-246) re-authorized the BRDI competitive grants program by amending section 9008 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (FSRIA), as amended, (Pub. L. 107-171) (7 U.S.C. 8108).

 

For fiscal year (FY) 2015, BRDI will require that funded projects address only one (1) of the following three (3) legislatively mandated technical 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 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.

 

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of NIFA's and EERE's intention to issue a RFA in the near term.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent.  Prospective applicants to the RFA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this RFA.  It is anticipated that the RFA will be posted to Grants.gov in November 2014.

Documents

  • EERE_103_NOI_BRDI (Last Updated: 10/21/2014 11:02 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD