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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001905: Energy-Water Desalination Hub

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. Through EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) public-private R&D consortia, manufacturers, small businesses, universities, national laboratories, and state and local governments are brought together to pursue coordinated early-stage R&D in high-priority areas essential to energy in manufacturing. Federal funding is the catalyst to bring stakeholders into shared spaces and to address process and technological challenges that present a significant degree of scientific or technical uncertainty.

The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to establish an Energy Innovation Hub (referred to hereafter as the Energy-Water Desalination Hub, or the Hub) to address water security issues in the U.S. For the purpose of this FOA, “desalination” more broadly includes technologies that primarily remove salts. The Hub is a critical component of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) broader Water Security Grand Challenge which will use a coordinated suite of prizes, competitions, early stage research and development (R&D), and other programs to help address the nation’s water security needs.

The Energy-Water Desalination Hub will be organized around four topic areas: 1) Materials Research and Development, 2) New Process Research and Development, 3) Modeling and Simulation Tools, and 4) Integrated Data and Analysis. DOE intends to select and fund one application with the greatest likelihood of achieving the goals of all four topics of this FOA.

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

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

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for 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 applications. In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance ( ).

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA will be held on January 7, 2019 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar and EERE will not answer any attendee questions during the webinar.

After the webinar is complete, a link will be provided to access the audio recording of the webinar. Also, a copy of the Webinar Slides and Webinar Transcript will be available to download in the “DOCUMENTS” section below.

Please click here to register for the webinar.

*UPDATE: Please see the link below for the Informational Webinar held on January 7, 2019 and enter this password: ZyM3H8Yg

Please see the Announcement Documents section for a copy of the webinar slides and transcript.


  • DE-FOA-0001905 Energy-Water Desalination Hub FOA (Last Updated: 12/12/2018 05:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001905 Teaming Partner List as of 04-04-19 (Last Updated: 4/4/2019 10:51 AM ET)
  • FOA FAQs 07-30-2019 (Last Updated: 7/30/2019 04:34 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001905 01-07-19 Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 1/8/2019 05:06 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001905 01-07-19 Webinar Transcript Text (Last Updated: 1/18/2019 01:41 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 (SOPO) (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 04:54 PM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (5 Budget Periods) (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 05:01 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 04:58 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 9/4/2018 04:59 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/7/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/7/2019 8:00 AM ET – 6/18/2019 5:00 PM ET