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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities


Amendment 000001: The purpose of this amendment is to modify the Expected Date for Release of Reviewer Comments.

The Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting the development of tools and approaches that will significantly reduce the costs for solar energy systems across all technology areas (i.e. Photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, power electronics, balance of system and non-hardware cost such as customer acquisition permitting, financing, interconnection, and inspection.)  As part of the SunShot Incubator program, this funding opportunity is designed to help startup businesses and entrepreneurs develop technologies, innovative programs, and streamlined processes that will make solar more accessible for consumers in the U.S.

The SunShot Incubator Program is an aggressive pay for performance program focused on helping solar startups rapidly refine and commercialize promising, proven technologies and ideas. The program seeks to accelerate the commercialization of solar energy products and solutions that dramatically lower the cost of solar power.

This round of the SunShot Incubator Program is for both hardware and non-hardware solutions that reduce the cost of systems that convert solar energy into electric potential.

The SunShot Incubator program consists of five (5) tiers (divided between hardware and non-hardware) to which applications may be submitted:


Tier 0 includes awards of up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate the transition from a proof-of-concept of all critical components to an early stage functional prototype.

Tier 1 includes awards of up to $1,000,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate transition of early state functional prototype to manufacturing and commercially relevant prototype made in the lab.

Tier 2 includes awards of up to $4,000,000 with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months to develop the manufacturing processes and equipment to move from a fully developed lab prototype to pilot-scale production.


Tier 1S includes awards of up to $500,000 with a 20% cost share requirement over 12 months to accelerate transition of proof-of-concept or business plan to alpha capability and early customer trials.

Tier 2S includes awards of up to $2,000,000 with a 50% cost share requirement over 18 months to transition alpha capability through beta launch and full commercialization.

If you are interested in learning more please see the below section titled “FOA Documents” and download and read the full Funding Opportunity Announcement. This document provides a detailed program description and instructions on how to apply.

To learn more about the history of the Incubator program please see:

Two Webinars will be hosted by Incubator program staff to walk through program details and answer questions. Further details are provided in the FOA.

Please refer back here, to this website and section, for updates on the FOA and schedule.

Letters of Intent (Optional) if submitted, MUST be submitted to:

SunShot Incubator Program Round 9: Q&A Webinar for Applicants

 A webinar reviewing the full application process will be held February 27th at 3pm:

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Incubator Round 9 Full Application Webinar

Title:    Incubator Round 9 Full Application Webinar

Date:   Thursday, February 27, 2014

Time:   3:00 PM - 5:00PM EST


  • DE-FOA-0000923_Sunshot_Incubator_Round_9_Mod0001 (Last Updated: 11/21/2013 02:58 PM ET)
  • Webinar_Q_and_A_12_11_13 (Last Updated: 1/3/2014 04:08 PM ET)
  • QuestionsLog_Webinar_02-27-2014 (Last Updated: 2/28/2014 03:41 PM ET)
  • Incubator_Rd_9_-_Webinar_for_Full_Application (Last Updated: 2/28/2014 03:42 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 Application (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:01 PM ET)
  • SF 424A Budget (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:05 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:06 PM ET)
  • Deliverable Table Template (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:09 PM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire_EQ1_Sample (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:21 PM ET)
  • Indirect Cost Proposal Example (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:22 PM ET)
  • Lobbying Form (Last Updated: 11/19/2013 12:22 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/3/2014 11:13 AM ET)

Contact Information

    For questions regarding the content of the FOA. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to each submission deadline.
    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

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/13/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/13/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/23/2014 5:00 PM ET – 4/28/2014 5:00 PM ET