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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001825: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2018

UPDATE: There is a new FOA Webinar link below.  Applicants, please use this link to join the webinar scheduled for May 8th.

There is a new Application for Finanical Assistance (SF 424) uploaded for applicants to download and submit with full applications.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 FOA supports research and development of innovative energy saving technologies, systems, tools, and models that could lead to significant reduction in building energy consumption.

BENEFIT 2018 focuses on early-stage R&D to enable the development of novel technologies that can improve efficiency and reduce the energy costs of the nation’s buildings and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid. Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in six topic areas:

Topic 1: Advanced Separation Technologies for Building Energy Efficiency

Topic 2: Advanced Building Materials

Topic 3: High-Performance Windows

Topic 4: Novel Approaches for Cyber-physical Systems in Buildings

Topic 5: Integration Research of Advanced Commercial Energy Efficiency Packages

Topic 6: Advancements in Natural Gas and Other Fuel-driven Equipment

For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001825 BENEFIT 2018 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and 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 applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a 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@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

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@ee.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 application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA is scheduled for May 8, 2018 at 11:00AM ET.  

https://doe.webex.com/doe/j.php?MTID=mb13832750da3129382101dfdec4cdad8 

Meeting number (access code): 903 763 876

Meeting password: BENEFIT18


Documents

  • BENEFIT 2018 FOA FAQ Log (Last Updated: 1/9/2019 10:24 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001825 Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2018 (Last Updated: 5/24/2018 04:33 PM ET)
  • BENEFIT FY18 - EERE 205 - FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation (Last Updated: 5/10/2018 09:03 AM ET)
  • BENEFIT 18 Webinar Recording-20180508 (Last Updated: 5/10/2018 09:04 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

Full Application

  • EERE 303 - Statement of Project Objectives (SOPO) (Last Updated: 3/27/2018 10:17 AM ET)
  • Application for Federal Assistance SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/24/2018 11:53 AM ET)
  • EERE 335 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 3/27/2018 10:12 AM ET)
  • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities SF- LLL (Last Updated: 3/27/2018 10:10 AM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/8/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/23/2018 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/27/2018 5:00 PM ET – 10/2/2018 5:00 PM ET