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DE-FOA-0001704: Extending Industrial Assessment Centers to Underserved Areas


Modification No. 0001: The purpose of this modification is to extend the Submission Deadline for Full Applications to 3/16/2017 5:00 PM ET.

The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program is a manufacturing efficiency and workforce development initiative of the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) based in the engineering departments of colleges nationwide. IACs conduct assessments and provide site-specific recommendations to small & medium size manufacturers on opportunities to improve productivity, reduce waste and save energy. The program also provides engineering students with critical hands-on experience in energy engineering and energy management.

Extension IACs are intended to provide better national coverage by further expanding the geographic coverage of the IAC program to areas that are unlikely to be adequately serviced because of their distance from the 28 existing IACs. For a list and map of the 28 IACs, visit: EERE has identified six geographic gaps in national coverage that have been designated as “underserved” and are listed in Section III, Eligibility Information, of this FOA. For this FOA, EERE is only interested in receiving applications from colleges physically located within one of the six underserved areas to provide IAC services in the same underserved area.

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

Informational Webinar: EERE will conduct one informational webinar during the FOA process. It will be held after the initial FOA release but before the due date for the Letter of Intent. The Informational Webinar will be held on January 19, 2017 at 12:00 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.

**UPDATE -- Below is the link to the recording of the informational webinar:

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline:

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  • DE-FOA-0001704 Extending IACs to Underserved Areas-MOD 0001 (Last Updated: 3/14/2017 12:23 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs_03-13-2017 (Last Updated: 3/13/2017 03:43 PM ET)
  • FOA-0001704 Applicant Webinar Presentation (Last Updated: 1/19/2017 04:57 PM ET)
  • FOA-0001704 Applicant Webinar PresentationTranscript (Last Updated: 1/19/2017 04:58 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: 1/11/2017 10:03 AM ET)
  • EERE 335-Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 1/11/2017 10:03 AM ET)
  • SF LLL-Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/11/2017 10:03 AM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 1/11/2017 10:04 AM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 2/8/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/16/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/3/2016 5:00 PM ET – 4/4/2016 5:00 PM ET