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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0002243: Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program

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The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) works across the solar energy technology spectrum with the goal of improving the affordability, reliability, and performance of solar technologies on the grid. Ensuring that more Americans can benefit from the declining costs of solar is one of SETO's primary goals, which support early-stage research, development, and demonstration of solar technologies. Achieving SETO's priorities across the solar energy technology landscape requires sustained, multifaceted innovation. With this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the office intends to fund high-impact, early-stage research in the following areas:

Topic Area 1: Photovoltaics Hardware Research

*Topic Area 2: Integrated Thermal Energy STorage and Brayton Cycle (Integrated TESTBED) (Applications must be submitted under DE-TA2-0002243.)

Topic Area 3: Solar Energy Evolution and Diffusion Studies 3 (SEEDS 3)

Topic Area 4: SETO Incubator Tier 2: Innovation in Manufacturing

Topic Area 5: Systems Integration

Topic Area 6: Agricultural Solar: Opportunities, Innovative Models, and Novel System Designs

Topic Area 7: Artificial Intelligence Applications in Solar Energy with Emphasis on Machine Learning

*Topic Area 8: Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS): PV and CSP (Applications must be submitted under DE-TA8-0002243.)

Informational webinars:

February 12, 2020, at 2 PM Eastern Standard Time / 12 PM Mountain Standard Time

The recording, transcript, and slides from February 12th's FOA webinar are now available for download at the following site: https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/funding-opportunity-announcement-solar-energy-technologies-office-fiscal-year-2020

Documents

  • Teaming Partner List Instructions (Last Updated: 1/30/2020 03:17 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0002243 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar Energy Technologies Office Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program (Last Updated: 5/22/2020 11:35 AM ET)
  • Questions and Answers related to the content of this FOA. (Last Updated: 6/16/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • SETO Teaming Partner List Updated 5-14-20 (Last Updated: 5/14/2020 09:54 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.

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Full Application

  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 4/29/2020 03:14 PM ET)
  • SF-LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 2/3/2020 01:00 PM ET)
  • EERE Form Budget Justification (5 Budget Periods) (Last Updated: 2/3/2020 01:00 PM ET)
  • EERE Form Budget Justification (3 Budget Periods) (Last Updated: 2/3/2020 01:01 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/3/2020 01:02 PM ET)

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 3/9/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 3/16/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/18/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/20/2020 8:00 AM ET – 7/29/2020 5:00 PM ET