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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001662: Innovative Solutions for Fish Passage at Hydropower Dams

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Water Power Technologies Office is looking to fund early-stage research into innovative fish passage solutions to effectively provide volitional upstream fish passage while reducing both construction and operational costs compared to existing methods. There are two Topic Areas under this FOA.

Topic Area 1: Testing the Effects of Innovative Fish Passage Technologies - Through two Subtopics, this Topic Area will cover development of a prototype and/or testing of innovative technologies that can reduce construction and/or operational costs associated with either upstream or downstream fish passage at a hydropower dam to improve efficiencies of volitional fish passage.

Topic Area 2: Advancing Innovative Methods and Technologies to Improve Fish Passage - Through two Subtopics, this Topic Area will focus on technological advancements and research that can improve the efficacy and efficiency of volitional fish passage. Innovations in this context can refer to improvements in detection, sorting, counting, and/or identification of fish that have the ability to improve operations and monitoring and improvements in fish attraction and/or guidance technologies.

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.

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

FOA FAQs for this Funding Opportunity Announcement can also be accessed under the "Documents" heading below. Please review the FAQs before submitting a question, as a similar question may already have been answered.

A pre-recorded webinar presentation on this FOA is now available online.

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A non-narrated, slides-only slideshow can be accessed under the "Documents" heading below.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline:

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  • DE-FOA-0001662_Innovative_Solutions_for_Fish_Passage_at_Hydropower_Dams_mod_00002 (Last Updated: 12/7/2017 02:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001662_-_Applicant_Webinar_Presentation_-_Slides_only (Last Updated: 10/4/2017 05:36 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQ_04-19-18 (Last Updated: 4/19/2018 09:25 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.

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Full Application

  • EERE_303_Statement_of_Project_Objectives (Last Updated: 9/18/2017 09:13 AM ET)
  • SF-424_Application_for_Federal_Assistance (Last Updated: 9/18/2017 09:14 AM ET)
  • EERE_335_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 9/18/2017 10:46 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 9/18/2017 09:18 AM ET)
  • DOE_O_412 (Last Updated: 11/14/2017 03:45 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/23/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/7/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 1/18/2018 7:00 AM ET – 1/23/2018 5:00 PM ET