Unfortunately, due to the competitive nature of this process, we are unable to state if a particular technology or concept is or is not of interest. Applicants should review the technical description associated with each Area of Interest (AOI) to determine an approach based on the nature and scope of the proposed technology, prior to submitting concept papers.
In accordance with the FOA, Section III. G. Questions Regarding Eligibility: "EERE will not make eligibility determinations for potential applicants prior to the date on which applications to this FOA must be submitted. The decision whether to submit an application in response to this FOA lies solely with the applicant."
EERE will not provide submission recommendations on concept papers prior to submission of a Concept paper. At that time, EERE makes an independent assessment of each Concept Paper based on the criteria in Section V.A.1 of the FOA. EERE will encourage a subset of Applicants based upon this assessment to submit Full Applications. Other Applicants will be discouraged based upon this assessment from submitting a Full Application. An applicant who receives a “discouraged” notification may still submit a Full Application. However, by discouraging the submission of a Full Application, EERE intends to convey its lack of programmatic interest in the proposed project. See section IV. C.1 of the FOA for more information regarding the submission of concept papers. Please note that all Full Applications that pass compliance review will undergo comprehensive technical merit review according to the criteria identified in Section V.A.2 of the FOA.