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DE-FOA-0001166: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontier & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2015

The Emerging Technologies (ET) Program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) supports applied research and development for technologies and systems that contribute to building energy consumption.  BTO’s goal is to deliver 50% primary energy savings in the year 2030, relative to the baseline energy consumption projected by the 2010 Annual Energy Outlook.  The ET Program is helping to meet this goal by enabling cost-effective, energy-efficient technologies to be developed and introduced into the marketplace.  The ET Program maintains support for the national laboratories in five core areas:  Solid-State Lighting, HVAC (includes water heating and appliances), Sensors & Controls, Windows & Envelope, and Modeling & Tools.  This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided to the national labs and allow all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas:  Non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. These topics are combined into this single, relatively large FOA in order to reduce administrative costs and to ensure that only the best applications are supported.


For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001166 BENEFIT FOA FAQ sheet in FOA Documents.  


  • DE-FOA-0001166 BENEFIT FOA FAQ (Last Updated: 10/9/2014 11:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001166 FY15 BENEFIT Webinar 1 - October 15 2014 (Last Updated: 10/20/2014 11:07 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001166 - FY15 BENEFIT FOA Webinar 2 - December 1 2014 (Last Updated: 12/11/2014 10:15 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 Financial Assistance (Last Updated: 12/2/2014 02:41 PM ET)
  • EERE 159 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 12/2/2014 02:41 PM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 12/2/2014 02:42 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/7/2015 11:34 AM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/10/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/12/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/17/2015 5:00 PM ET – 2/20/2015 5:00 PM ET