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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0002090: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2019

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO). BTO’s overall goal is to improve the energy productivity of buildings without sacrificing occupant comfort or product performance. The goal is to use energy more productively and efficiently, not simply to use less energy. Progress towards achieving this goal will make building energy costs more affordable to the benefit of American families and businesses.

BTO research is focused on reducing energy intensity for major segments of the sector with the most opportunity for energy savings, while balancing the need to maintain occupant comfort and productivity, and product performance. This includes both new and existing buildings, both residential and commercial, including their energy-consuming and labor-saving equipment. The development of next-generation building technologies, including building materials, components, equipment, energy models and systems, is critical to increasing energy productivity in a cost-effective manner.

BTO’s Emerging Technologies (ET) program invests in the research and development to create the next-generation building technologies, tools and systems to enhance energy efficiency. The program focuses on the most energy-intensive technologies for residential buildings and in commercial buildings, where the opportunity for cost-effective energy savings is greatest. These technologies include air conditioning, space heating, water heating, lighting and sensors & controls, all of which are addressed in this FOA.

Achieving BTO’s priorities across the building technology landscape requires sustained, multifaceted innovation. With this FOA, BTO intends to fund high-impact, early-stage research in the following areas:

Topic 1: Flexible Building Technologies

Topic 2: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technologies

Topic 3: Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Technologies

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Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the applicant through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline

Documents

  • FY 2019 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement - Amendment 000001 (Last Updated: 6/19/2019 01:56 PM ET)
  • Potential Teaming List (Last Updated: 5/13/2019 02:30 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

  • Recipient's Guide to Negotiating with EERE (Last Updated: 3/18/2019 02:27 PM ET)
  • Statement of Project Objectives Template (Last Updated: 3/18/2019 02:25 PM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/18/2019 02:33 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification File (Last Updated: 6/12/2019 08:49 AM ET)
  • SF424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 7/11/2019 08:05 AM ET)
  • Subrecipient Budget Justification File (Last Updated: 6/12/2019 09:10 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/21/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/15/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 3:00 PM ET – 9/3/2019 5:00 PM ET