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DE-FOA-0000979: Administration of the Wave Energy Converter Prize

The Water Power Program is seeking a Prize Administrator with expertise in prize competitions to collaborate with DOE, technical experts, and a wave tank testing facility in developing and implementing the Wave Energy Converter (WEC) Prize.  The WEC Prize competition aims to attract innovative ideas from developers new to the industry and next generation ideas from existing developers by offering a monetary prize purse and providing an opportunity for tank testing and evaluation of scaled WEC prototypes. The Program envisions that this competition will achieve game-changing performance enhancements to WEC devices, establishing a pathway to sweeping cost reductions at a commercial scale. Administration of the WEC Prize will include: prize development, implementation of the WEC Prize competition stages (e.g. design, build, and test and evaluation), and post-competition publicity and evaluation of impact of the WEC Prize.

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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 (

An Informational Webinar was held on March 24, 2014. You may access the webinar at the following link. Please note there is a 2 minute delay at the beginning of the webinar:


  • DE-FOA-0000979_Informational_Webinar_Slides_03-24-2014 (Last Updated: 4/22/2014 06:04 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0000979 Administration of the Wave Energy Converter Prize (Last Updated: 3/10/2014 03:23 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 Application for Financial Assistance (Last Updated: 1/7/2014 01:16 PM ET)
  • EERE 159 Budget Justification (Last Updated: 1/7/2014 01:16 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/7/2014 01:17 PM ET)

Contact Information

    For questions related to the FOA document. Questions must be received no later than three business days prior to the Full Application Submission Deadline.
    For questions related to the EERE Exchange website.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/7/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/14/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/6/2014 5:00 PM ET – 6/11/2014 12:00 PM ET