1. The budget should reflect the entire project period. The anticipated period of performance for projects under each Program/Topic Area in this announcement is: Topic Area 1, FY12-FY15 and Topic Area 2, FY12-FY17.
2. As stated in the FOA, “Note that recipients in both Topic Area 1 and 2 must successfully undergo a go/no go review to become eligible to receive funds for subsequent Phases. Topic Area 1 projects will be fully funded for all Phases, with funding for Phase II released only after successful go/no go review. Topic Area 2 project funding for Phases II and III will be dependent on successful go/no go reviews and the appropriation and availability of funds to DOE in out years.”
3. See above.
4. From the FOA, for Topic Area 1:
“The goal of Topic Area 1 is to demonstrate an outdoor cultivation system for extended (i.e. 90 plus days) cultivation periods that:
• Significantly reduces external nutrient input requirements (eg: Nitrogen and Phosphorus) relative to the baseline presented in the application (see suggested table below).
• Returns carbon to the cultivation system.
• Primarily uses a non-potable water source such as waste water from agricultural run-off, municipal or industrial waste sources, produced water, brackish water, or seawater. Freshwater consumption should be shown to be a great deal less than applicant’s baseline and/or current practices in biofuel production.
• Cultivates an algae strain(s) (appropriate for downstream conversion into biofuels) using the identified water source.
• Has the potential to be scaled economically.
Projects awarded as a result of this FOA will be phased. Projects proposed under Topic Area 1 will have two Phases, separated by a go/no review. Applicants must present baseline data, propose specific Phase targets and designate the go/no go decision point between Phases. Applications must include descriptions of each Phase, including all necessary work and targets to accomplish objectives.”
From the FOA for Topic Area 2:
“The intent of Topic Area 2 is to fund the creation of Regional Algal Feedstock Testbed partnerships (RAFT). RAFT Partnerships are defined as collaborations among two or more organizations that have the relevant expertise, facilities, permitting, and partnership structures in place to perform the two basic functions addressed below. Applications to perform only one of the two functions will not be considered for funding. For purposes of this FOA, a “Testbed Facility” is defined as a single geographical location within the United States equipped with instruments and expertise for testing a variety of algal biomass processes. Each RAFT Partnership must have a total production capacity equal to or exceeding 500 kg afdw algal biomass per year and have the flexibility to accommodate the testing of innovative algal process configurations. RAFT Partnerships must be able to provide several cultivation units at multiple sites to provide datasets in replicates, and to compare datasets between sites. RAFT Partnership cultivation facilities should largely be situated outdoors, exposed to the natural elements, and simulate future production conditions.”
Projects awarded as a result of this FOA will be phased. Topic Area 2 projects are expected to have three Phases, each of which will be separated by a go/no go review. Applicants must present baseline data, propose specific Phase targets and designate the go/no go decision point between Phases. Applications must include descriptions of each Phase including all necessary work and targets to accomplish objectives.”
5. It is the responsibility of the applicant to determine goals, tasks, targets and go/no go decision points of proposals as stated in the FOA.