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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

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

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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


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 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).  


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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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)

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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 Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/22/2014 5:00 PM ET – 5/29/2014 5:00 PM ET