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EERE Archived Funding Opportunities


The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued, on behalf of the Buildings Technology Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) number DE-FOA-0001168 entitled “Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings.”


Through this FOA, DOE seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the commercial building sector. The objective of this funding is to build a path for market-ready solutions to be used at scale across the U.S. to improve building energy efficiency. 


In order for the Building Technologies Office Commercial Building Integration Program to meet DOE’s national energy efficiency goals for commercial buildings (20% improvement by 2020; 50% by 2030), the program has invested in the development of resources, tools, and solutions designed to help overcome these barriers to energy efficiency.  Successful proposals will deploy one or more of these resources, tools and solutions through successful existing programs or innovative new ones, to increase program impact and increase energy savings in commercial buildings.  Coalitions of organizations are encouraged to apply together in order to better leverage current deployment channels, market orientation, strategic relationships and overall deployment impact (geographic, sector or otherwise.)  Successful applicants will succinctly summarize persistent market barriers, the solution or solutions proposed to overcome one or more market barriers, and the deployment opportunity and plan to achieve results.  DOE is interested in proposals that will impact a significant geographic or market sector (at least 100 buildings is the minimum for consideration).  Proposals should develop a program over the grant period that can be self-sustaining without DOE funding after the funding period ends. 


For questions and answers pertaining to the content of this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001168 CBI 2015 FAQ in FOA Documents.



  • DE-FOA-0001168 - Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings (Last Updated: 10/9/2014 04:04 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001168 CBI 2015 FAQ (Last Updated: 10/21/2014 01:08 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001168 CBI FOA Webinar Slides (Last Updated: 10/29/2014 12:36 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 159 - Budget Justification (Last Updated: 11/7/2014 04:01 PM ET)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 11/7/2014 04:02 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/30/2014 03:56 PM ET)
  • SF LLL - Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 08:55 AM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/22/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/19/2015 12:00 PM ET – 2/24/2015 12:00 PM ET