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DE-FOA-0001182: Marine and Hydrokinetic Systems Performance Advancement II (SPA II): Component Metric Validation

The Systems Performance Advancement II (SPA II): Component Metric Validation Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) refines the approach that was used for the FY13 Systems Performance Advancement FOA (SPA I); which developed and tested components to validate performance independent of integrated systems. SPA I and SPA II focus on achieving technical performance gains through advanced controls, Power-Take Off (PTO) components, and innovative structures. SPA II is a progression from SPA I, with additional emphasis on metrics validated at the component level, as well as crosscutting component applications for marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems. These initiatives are part of a multi-year strategy to optimize MHK components in preparation for commercial ready system integration. 

SPA II will support component development in three topic areas that have the greatest potential to impact annual energy production (AEP):

·       Topic Area 1: Advanced Controls

·       Topic Area 2: Crosscutting Power Take-Off (PTO) Components

·       Topic Area 3: Innovative Structures

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Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

A webinar on this FOA was held Thursday, January 22, 2015. Click the link below to access the webinar. Note that you will be asked to register. Please also note that there is a delay of approximately 2 minutes before the webinar actually begins.




  • Modification_0002_-_DE-FOA-0001182_-_Systems_Performance_Advancement_II (Last Updated: 10/9/2014 01:35 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs (Last Updated: 10/17/2014 02:25 PM ET)
  • MHK_Risk_Framework_DRAFT (Last Updated: 2/20/2015 01:07 PM ET)
  • MHK_Risk_Register_Template_DRAFT (Last Updated: 2/20/2015 01:08 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

  • SF-424_-_Application_for_Financial_Assistance (Last Updated: 12/31/2014 11:40 AM ET)
  • EERE_159_-_Budget_Justification (Last Updated: 12/31/2014 11:40 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable) (Last Updated: 12/31/2014 11:41 AM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/9/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/26/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/12/2020 5:00 PM ET – 5/15/2020 5:00 PM ET