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DE-FOA-0001880: Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy

Modification No. 0001 - See the Modification table in the FOA. All changes are highlighted in yellow.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001880: Efficient Drilling for Geothermal Energy, is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO).

The FOA contains three Topic Areas. The first two involve early stage research and development (R&D), while the third solicits projects that incentivize the risk-averse geothermal industry to adopt innovations earlier in the technology R&D cycle.

Topic Area 1: Reducing Non-Drilling Time

Topic Area 2: Advanced Drilling Technologies

Topic Area 3: Innovative Partnership Models

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

An informational webinar was held on May 2, 2018, at 2:00 PM (EST). The presentation slides and the script read during the webinar are posted below.

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

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  • DE-FOA-0001880 - Question and Answers Spreadsheet (Last Updated: 7/12/2018 12:04 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001880 Geothermal EDGE (Last Updated: 5/1/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • EDGE Informational Webinar (Last Updated: 5/3/2018 06:16 PM ET)
  • EDGE Informational Webinar - Script (Last Updated: 5/3/2018 06:16 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

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Full Application

  • EERE_303_Statement_of_Project_Objectives (Last Updated: 4/17/2018 11:08 AM ET)
  • EERE_335_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 4/17/2018 11:07 AM ET)
  • SF-424_Application_for_Federal_Assistance (Last Updated: 4/17/2018 11:07 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL_Disclosure_of_Lobbying_Activities (Last Updated: 4/17/2018 11:08 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/31/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/16/2018 5:00 PM ET