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DE-FOA-0001213: FY2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator

The DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is an organization focused on achieving aggressive and well-defined mid-to-long term clean energy goals for the United States of America. In that context, EERE has established multi-year plans and roadmaps. EERE focuses the majority of its resources on a limited number of "highest probability of success" pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact. 

This roadmap-based approach is one of EERE's greatest strengths, but it can create challenges in recognizing and exploring unanticipated, game changing pathways/approaches which may ultimately be superior to the pathways/approaches on our existing roadmaps.

To enhance the responsiveness of the roadmap approach, EERE is continuing to issue "Incubator" Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) within its existing Offices and programs to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios.  The Incubator programs will allow EERE to assess new technologies for their potential to be “on ramped” to future MYPPs.  Successful incubator projects will reduce the risk associated with potentially breakthrough approaches and technologies so that they could be viable candidates for inclusion in future program roadmaps.

DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) develops and deploys efficient and environmentally-friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum. These technologies will provide Americans with greater freedom of mobility and energy security, while lowering costs and reducing impacts on the environment. 

For example, the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge requires dramatic improvements in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) performance and cost that are specified as technical targets and “stretch goals” for key technical areas of plug-in electric vehicles. These are detailed in the EV Everywhere Blueprint document, posted on the VTO website.

Other specific technology and technical goals can be found in supporting roadmaps and plans such as the Office's Multiyear Program Plan, U.S. DRIVE Partnership Plan; 21st Century Truck Roadmap and Technical White Papers; and other plans and roadmaps referenced on the website.

This Vehicle Technologies Incubator FOA is open to proposals that aim to bring to market a novel, non-incremental technology that facilitates one or more of the overall VTO goals but are not represented in a significant way in the Offices' existing Multi-Year Program Plans (MYPPs) or current portfolios. The full spectrum of technologies and non-hardware solutions relevant to efficient and environmentally friendly transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum will be considered for funding.

The description above is meant to demonstrate the breadth of possibilities. 

The following types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered:

• Commercial hardware technologies, products, and solutions;

• Incremental improvements to existing technologies, products, or solutions;

• Solutions, approaches, or technologies similar to those already being investigated through current or recent DOE projects; and

• Technologies that are not based on sound scientific principles (e.g., violates the law of thermodynamics).

Information on where to submit questions regarding the content of the announcement as well as submission of applications are found in the full FOA posted on the EERE eXCHANGE website.

Join us for a Webinar on January 20, 2015

Please register for the FOA 1213 webinar prior to 12:00pm, EST on 1/20/2015 using the following link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email providing a link to join the webinar and a telephone number. Audio for this webinar will be available through your computer and/or telephone. If you choose to dial-in, you will need both the Access Code (provided in your confirmation email) and the Audio Pin (shown after joining the webinar on your computer).

Title:  FY2015 Vehicle Technologies Office Incubator FOA Webinar

Date:  January 20, 2015

Time:  1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

System Requirements:
PC-based attendees
Required:  Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees
Required:  Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer


  • DE-FOA-0001213 FY2015 VEHICLE TECHNOLOGIES OFFICE INCUBATOR (Last Updated: 1/12/2015 02:08 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

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:31 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification EERE 159 Form (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:32 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:36 AM ET)
  • Subaward Budget Justification EERE 159 Form (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:37 AM ET)
  • Environmental Questionnaire (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:37 AM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/3/2014 10:38 AM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/10/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/30/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/27/2015 5:00 PM ET – 6/1/2015 5:00 PM ET