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DE-FOA-0001513: Industrial Assessment Centers

 

Modification 0001: The purpose of this modification is to revise Section I.A and Section IV.C.ii Technical Volume-Technical Qualifications, Resources and Commitment to clarify that letters of commitment do not count towards the 20-page limit for the Technical Volume; revise Section IV.C.ii Technical Volume-IAC Operations Approach to correct a formatting error and clarify that the Milestone Summary and Go/No-Go Decision Point Summary bullets were intended to be separate and not part of the bullet above regarding plans to integrate satellite and other configurations; and to add the Milestone and Go/No-Go requirement to Section IV.C.iii Statement of Project Objectives to clarify that these are both required to be fully addressed in the Statement of Project Objectives submitted with the application.

The Federal Government has been funding the Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, formerly called the Energy Analysis and Diagnostic Center program, since 1976. The goal of the IAC program is twofold: first, to provide energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability and competitiveness recommendations to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), currently defined as having gross annual sales below $100 million, fewer than 500 employees, and annual energy bills between $100,000 and $2.5 million; and second, to help address a growing shortage of engineering professionals with applied energy and manufacturing-related skills. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) currently funds, through Cooperative Agreements, 24 IACs located throughout the country who are completing their 5 year projects. The IACs are coordinated by DOE staff and a DOE selected Field Manager.

The following entities are eligible to apply under this FOA: a U.S. college or university that is an integral part of its institutional structure and that has at least one of its four year undergraduate programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission or the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or equivalent (The IAC must be in the engineering department that holds the programmatic ABET or equivalent accreditation). The U.S. college or school of engineering must be physically located in the U.S.

Led by engineering faculty and staff, the selected IACs will perform assessments for SMEs, mostly in their geographic region, which will result in energy and water savings, waste reduction, opportunities for smart manufacturing, potential enhancements to cyber security and related information technologies, and sustainability and productivity improvements for the manufacturers. To date, the IAC program has provided over 17,000 assessments and over 130,000 recommendations for energy saving measures. On average, an IAC assessment leads to 5-7% implemented annual energy savings and productivity improvements.[2] The IAC students will gain real world technical experience gained from these assessments as well as relevant skills in interacting with plant and corporate management; preparing executive-level briefings and plant-specific reports; and facilitating continuous improvement in energy management. In addition to providing assessments to SMEs, selected IACs may also provide a limited number of special assessments to other types of entities such as waste water processing facilities, institutional facilities and other types of facilities where DOE determines that the special assessments are consistent with the overall IAC programmatic objectives.

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.

Attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Specific dates for the webinar can be found on the cover page of the FOA. The informational Webinar will be held April 21, 2016 at 12:00pm EDT. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. No new information will be presented during the webinar.

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

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3161362385751886595   

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Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001513 Industrial Assessment Centers_MOD0001 (Last Updated: 3/14/2016 06:37 PM ET)
  • FOA_FAQs Updated 5-19-16 (Last Updated: 3/16/2016 10:37 AM ET)
  • Webinar Slides: DE-FOA-0001513 (Last Updated: 4/21/2016 03:26 PM ET)
  • Webinar Transcript: DE-FOA-0001513 (Last Updated: 4/21/2016 03:26 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: 3/16/2016 11:03 AM ET)
  • EERE 335.1 - Budget Justification (5 Period) (Last Updated: 3/16/2016 12:51 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 3/16/2016 11:04 AM ET)
  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/17/2016 03:57 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/28/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/20/2016 5:00 PM ET