Applicants are responsible for forming their own partnerships / affiliations prior to applying to the FOA. For Team Structure 1, the researcher and host entity must be identified prior to submitting a full application. The Full Application deadline is 9/17/2012 at 5:00PM Eastern, however, applicants must submit a Concept Paper by 7/13/2012 at 5:00PM Eastern in order to be eligible to submit a Full Application. If you are not able to identify a researcher prior to the Concept Paper deadline, you may still submit a Concept Paper, however, your submission risks scoring lower on the “Ability of applicant(s) to accomplish proposed project activities” criterion (see Section V.A. of the FOA for Review Criteria).
Although the FOA does not expressly prohibit for-profit companies from applying as the prime applicant under Team Structure 1, the intent of that team structure was for DOE to support a researcher as the prime applicant, with the for-profit company, non-profit organization, electricity provider, or governmental entity serving as a host to the project by providing access to data sets. As stated in the Team Structure 1 description, “the scholar may act as an informal advisor to the host but will maintain an independent status”. The reason for this is that Team Structure 1’s key objective is to perform research on solar technology evolution and diffusion that will be openly published rather than remaining proprietary. The merit review criteria (see Section V.A.3) include “Likelihood that the proposed approach can be expected to scale and impact the broader solar industry” and “Extent to which proposed methods and results provide generalizable lessons on technology evolution and diffusion that can be applied as new technologies are developed and deployed”, so for-profit companies applying as the prime recipient under Team Structure 1 will need to demonstrate that the scholar-in-residence’s insights /recommendations will be disseminated in a way that is beneficial to the solar industry as a whole.
Per 10 CFR 600.318, grants and cooperative agreements may not provide for the payment of fee or profit to recipients or sub recipients during the award project period. After the award has ended, there is no restriction against fee or profit.
For guidance on tools or information developed during the project, please refer to Section VIII.F of the FOA, which states that data first-produced under the award that would be trade secret, or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential will be protected from public disclosure for a period of up to 5 years from the date of its development. This means that the government will not disclose the data for up to 5 years, but the same restriction does not apply to the researcher(s) who produced the data during the award. Recipient teams are responsible for negotiating and executing their own non-disclosure agreements.