Frequently Asked Questions

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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001840: Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) FY 2018

The FOA will support early-stage research that spans the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) portfolio, seeking to advance both solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar thermal power (CSP) technologies and to facilitate the swift integration of those technologies into the nation’s electricity grid. It also is designed to support efforts that prepare the workforce for the solar industry’s future needs. The FOA is organized into the following high level Topic Areas:

Topic 1: Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies describes SETO research priorities in the seamless integration of high penetrations of solar energy onto the nation’s electricity grid.

Topic 2: Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Research and Development describes SETO research priorities that support solar technologies that focus sunlight to generate and store high-temperature heat for electricity generation and other end uses.

Topic 3: Photovoltaic Research and Development describes SETO research priorities that support the further development of photovoltaic technologies that improve system reliability, annual energy yield, demonstrate performance of novel PV devices and develop new PV materials.

Topic 4: Improving and Expanding the Solar Industry through Workforce Initiatives describes SETO research priorities that support solar workforce development.


Webinar links:

**Note prior registration is not necessary.

Topic 1: Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies Webinar

April 23, 2018 1-2 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=8ed931c4b7a7dfc06b4c54aa8db46055

Topic 2: Concentrating Solar Thermal Power Research and Development Webinar

April 23, 2018 2-3 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=7993ba670f1327aeda96b3584f541b1a

Topic 3: Photovoltaic Research and Development Webinar

April 24, 2018 4-5 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=6aa33236e167ca68666a5b3f420283b8

Topic 4: Improving and Expanding the Solar Industry through Workforce Initiatives Webinar

April 24, 2018 1-2 pm EST

https://meetings.doe.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=516a967629e43ac5ce6ef51e0a0d7015

Applicants should note that the SAM registration and renewal process has been updated recently and now requires applicants to mailing a notarized letter to the SAM processing office in London, KY. The letter must formally identify an Entity Administrator for each applicant. This additional step can result in longer processing times. More information can be found here:

https://www.gsa.gov/about-us/organization/federal-acquisition-service/office-of-systems-management/integrated-award-environment-iae/sam-update

https://fsd.gov/fsd-gov/answer.do?sysparm_kbid=d2e67885db0d5f00b3257d321f96194b&sysparm_search=kb0013183

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001840 SETO FY18 FOA_Mod_00002 (Last Updated: 6/5/2018 04:51 PM ET)
  • FOA Q and A updated 6/29/18 spreadsheet format. (Last Updated: 6/29/2018 04:53 PM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 1 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:58 AM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 2 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:58 AM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 3 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:59 AM ET)
  • SETO FY18 FOA Applicant Webinar_Topic 4 (Last Updated: 4/25/2018 09:59 AM 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.

View Required Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/19/2018 01:34 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF 424 Application (Last Updated: 3/15/2018 11:13 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/15/2018 11:13 AM ET)
  • SF LLL (Last Updated: 3/15/2018 11:14 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 5/4/2018 3:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/9/2018 3:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/5/2018 3:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/2/2018 3:00 PM ET – 8/8/2018 8:00 AM ET