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  BTOLMR0001719 Buildings Technology Office Lab Merit Review FY17-FY19 Lab Call (LC) Buildings 2/16/2016 05:00 PM ET 3/7/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0000766 SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar Other Solar 4/2/2015 11:59 PM ET 5/24/2015 11:59 PM ET 7/22/2015 11:59 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001001 EERE Commercialization Request for Information (RFI) Strategic Programs TBD
  DE-FOA-0001046 EE part of Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) FY 2014 Phase I (Release 2) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Strategic Programs TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001070 RFI - Net Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Energy and Innovative Solar Deployment Models Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001122 RFI - Clean Energy Manufacturing Topics Suitable for Establishment of a Manufacturing Institute Request for Information (RFI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001126 SUNSHOT CATALYST PRIZE Other Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001133 RFI - Research and Development Needs and Technical Barriers for Fuel Cells Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001158 RFI - Specific Clean Energy Manufacturing Focus Areas Suitable for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute Request for Information (RFI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001165 RFI - Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Software Tools Request for Information (RFI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001203 Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies, Fiscal Year 2015 Request for Information (RFI) Federal Energy Management TBD
  DE-FOA-0001221 Notice of Intent to issue FOA Next generation of Electrical Machines (DE-FOA-0001208) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) TBD
  DE-FOA-0001236 Notice of Intent to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001237 titled Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Vehicles TBD
  DE-FOA-0001237 Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 6/29/2015 05:00 PM ET 9/1/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001253 Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Weatherization and Intergovernmental TBD
  DE-FOA-0001263 Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 11/4/2015 05:00 PM ET 1/29/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001266 Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: SunShot Incubator Round 10, SolarMat Round 3, SunPath Round 2 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001268 CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER: CONCENTRATING OPTICS FOR LOWER LEVELIZED ENERGY COSTS (COLLECTS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 6/25/2015 05:00 PM ET 8/25/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001274 RFI - Laboratory-Scale and Open Water Testing of Marine and Hydrokinetic Systems Request for Information (RFI) Water Power TBD
  DE-FOA-0001275 Notice of Intent to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001224 titled Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001277 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001214: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Wind TBD
  DE-FOA-0001284 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001271: Cleantech University Prize Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Strategic Programs TBD
  DE-FOA-0001297 ASSISTING FEDERAL FACILITIES WITH ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGIES (AFFECT), FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Federal Energy Management 4/6/2015 05:00 PM ET 5/20/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001309 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001286: Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Water Power TBD
  DE-FOA-0001310 Modification 0003 Next Generation Marine Energy Systems - Durability and Survivability Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Water Power 5/29/2015 05:00 PM ET 7/15/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001315 Modification 0001 - NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPIONS Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) Strategic Programs 7/15/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001318 Request for Information - Solar Big Data and Informatics Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001319 SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS (SB-DATA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 6/22/2015 05:00 PM ET 7/31/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001320 Modification 000002: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Biomass 9/21/2015 05:00 PM ET 11/13/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001325 Modification 0001: RFI - Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing Request for Information (RFI) Wind TBD
  DE-FOA-0001326 Request for Information: Building America Program Technology-to-Market Roadmaps Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001327 Request for Information: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches to Validate Mineral Recovery Request for Information (RFI) Geothermal TBD
  DE-FOA-0001328 Request for Information (RFI): Risk and Uncertainty Management in Geothermal Exploration Request for Information (RFI) Geothermal TBD
  DE-FOA-0001329 SOLAR TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS (STEP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 6/26/2015 05:00 PM ET 8/18/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001331 Request for Information (RFI): Gas Clean-Up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop Report Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001332 Request for Information: Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) Request for Information (RFI) Strategic Programs TBD
  DE-FOA-0001343 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Annoucement “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” (No. DE-FOA-0001320) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Biomass TBD
  DE-FOA-0001349 Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 10/8/2015 08:00 PM ET 11/19/2015 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001350 RFI - Facilitating the Development of Offshore Wind Energy in the United States Request for Information (RFI) Wind TBD
  DE-FOA-0001352 Request for Information (RFI) High Impact Commercial Technology Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001355 Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement titled "Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration" Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Vehicles TBD
  DE-FOA-0001356 Request for Information (RFI): Solar PV on Commercial Buildings Request for Information (RFI) Solar 7/27/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001361 Request for Information (RFI): Photovoltaics Research and Development (PV R&D) Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001364 Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D - 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 11/20/2015 05:00 PM ET 1/20/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001371 Solar Decathlon Program Administrator Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Strategic Programs 9/17/2015 05:00 PM ET 10/29/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001372 Request for Information: Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Monitoring Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities Request for Information (RFI) Water Power TBD
  DE-FOA-0001373 Request for Information (RFI): Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines Request for Information (RFI) Biomass TBD
  DE-FOA-0001376 MINERAL RECOVERY PHASE II: GEOTHERMAL CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES TO VALIDATE EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Geothermal 1/6/2016 05:00 PM ET 2/29/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001378 Mod 0002 DOE Traineeship in Power Engineering (Leveraging Wide Bandgap Power Electronics) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Advanced Manufacturing (Industrial) 8/12/2015 05:00 PM ET 9/3/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001379 Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD I) Notice of Intent (NOI) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Solar TBD TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001383 Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 2/5/2016 05:00 PM ET 4/19/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001384 Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Vehicles 2/18/2016 08:00 PM ET 3/28/2016 08:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001385 SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF U.S. SMALL AND MEDIUM COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 12/4/2015 05:00 PM ET 2/1/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001387 Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 10/7/2015 05:00 PM ET 10/19/2015 05:00 PM ET 1/11/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001389 NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE FOA DE-FOA-0001385 - SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF U.S. SMALL AND MEDIUM COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001390 Modification 0001_Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands - 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Weatherization and Intergovernmental 12/10/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001394 Request for Information (RFI): Building Envelope Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001395 BUILDING AMERICA INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE HOUSING INNOVATION Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Buildings 12/21/2015 05:00 PM ET 2/8/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001398 2017 Solar Decathlon College Team Competition - Modification 000001 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Strategic Programs 10/29/2015 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001399 RFI: High Yields through Productivity and Integration Research (HYPIR) Request for Information (RFI) Biomass TBD
  DE-FOA-0001400 SunShot Technology to Market (Incubator Round 11, SolarMaT Round 4) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 11/2/2015 03:00 PM ET 11/18/2015 03:00 PM ET 2/3/2016 03:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001408 Inter-tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network Request for Information (RFI) Other - Functional TBD
  DE-FOA-0001409 Request for Information (RFI) - Building Sensor and Control Technologies Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001410 Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2016 Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001411 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations” (No. DE-FOA-0001412) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001413 Notice of Intent (NOI) : Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001383 Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) - 2016 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001415 State Energy Program 2016 Competitive Awards Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Weatherization and Intergovernmental 3/31/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001420 RFI: Advanced Thermal Insulation & Composite Material Compatibility for Cold/Cryogenic Compressed Gas Fuel Storage for Onboard Vehicles Applications Request for Information (RFI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells TBD
  DE-FOA-0001421 RFI - Remote Alaskan Communities Energy Efficiency Competition Request for Information (RFI) Weatherization and Intergovernmental TBD
  DE-FOA-0001426 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-00001395 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001427 Request for Information: Building Technologies Office (BTO) Draft Multi-Year Program Plan (MYPP) Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001433 MEGA-BIO: BIOPRODUCTS TO ENABLE BIOFUELS Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Biomass 2/26/2016 05:00 PM ET 4/15/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001434 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels (No. DE-FOA-0001433) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Biomass TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001443 PV Lifetime Project Request for Information (RFI) Request for Information (RFI) Solar TBD
  DE-FOA-0001452 Notice of Intent: Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Other - Functional TBD
  DE-FOA-0001454 Seeking interest for operation of Regional Test Center test bed located at SolarTAC Request for Information (RFI) Solar 1/29/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001460 Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001460: Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Request for Information (RFI) Biomass TBD
  DE-FOA-0001462 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement titled "Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement" Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Vehicles TBD
  DE-FOA-0001468 Notice of Intent SEP Comp FY16 for DE-FOA-0001415 Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Weatherization and Intergovernmental TBD
  DE-FOA-0001470 Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement “Advancements in Algal Biomass Yield, Phase 2 (ABY, Phase 2)” (No. DE-FOA-0001471) Notice of Intent to Publish FOA (NOI) Biomass TBD
  DE-FOA-0001471 ADVANCEMENTS IN ALGAL BIOMASS YIELD, PHASE 2 (ABY2) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Biomass 2/12/2016 05:00 PM ET 3/25/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001472 Request for Information: Energy Savings Prediction Methods for Residential Energy Efficiency Upgrades Request for Information (RFI) Buildings TBD
  DE-FOA-0001479 Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance for Remote Alaska Communities Energy Efficiency Competition Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Strategic Programs 2/3/2016 11:00 PM ET 3/31/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001496 STATE ENERGY EVOLUTION AND DIFFUSION STUDIES II - STATE ENERGY STRATEGIES (SEEDSII-SES) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Solar 3/8/2016 05:00 PM ET 5/2/2016 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0001512 Accounting Conventions for Non-Combustible Renewable Energy Request for Information (RFI) Strategic Programs 3/14/2016 05:00 PM ET
  FCAOI1-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 1/15/2016 05:00 PM ET 3/14/2016 05:00 PM ET
  FCAOI2-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 1/15/2016 05:00 PM ET 3/14/2016 05:00 PM ET
  FCAOI3-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 1/15/2016 05:00 PM ET 3/28/2016 05:00 PM ET
  FCAOI4-0001412 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 1/22/2016 05:00 PM ET
  SPOTIR-0000018 Technologist-In-Residence Pilot: Laboratory Call for Proposals Lab Call (LC) Strategic Programs 7/13/2015 05:00 PM ET

BTOLMR0001719: Buildings Technology Office Lab Merit Review FY17-FY19

The Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is seeking multi-year (3+ years) project proposals from national laboratories (‘Labs’) for activities to incorporate into the FY 2017, FY 2018, and FY 2019 Annual Operating Plans (AOPs). This Lab Merit Review will evaluate funding proposals for direct lab work portions of the Emerging Technologies’ (ET) sensors and controls sub-program and the Residential Buildings Integration (RBI) Program. This Lab Call & Merit Review is meant to solicit and select multi-year projects that will be assessed with quarterly milestones, including annual Go/No-Go decision points.

The three topic areas of interest for ET’s sensors and controls sub-program are: 1) Occupant-driven Sensing and Controls, 2) Sub-metering for Continuous Commissioning, and 3) Adaptive Controls. The three topic areas of interest for RBI from its Building America Technology to Market Roadmaps are: 1) High Performance, Moisture-Managed Envelope Solutions, 2) Optimal Comfort for Low Load Homes, and 3) Optimal Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality Solutions.

Informational Webinar:

The Building Technologies Office will be hosting a webinar on February 10, 2016, beginning at 12:30 PM (EST). Use the following link to register for attendance:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6770137667142528258

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Note: The webinar will be recorded and will be made available on the BTO website.

Merit Review Meeting:

April 7-8, 2016; Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park, 3111 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042, 1-703-849-8692, http://cwp.marriott.com/wasfp/usdoebtopeerreview/

Registration:

Eligible applicants that will be attending the in-person Lab Call Merit Review are required to register, www.yesevents.com/BTO_2016_Peer/Merit_Review


For questions and answers pertaining to this Lab Call, please reference the BTOLMR0001719 BTO Lab Merit Review FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Letter of Intent and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issuse with submissions PRIOR to the Lab Call Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.




 

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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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 2/16/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/7/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0000766: SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, the SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar aims to motivate local governments, communities, solar companies and electric utilities to collaborate towards improving the “going solar” experience from permit to plug-in for all Americans.

This competition offers a total of $10 million in cash awards to the best teams that bring process certainty and reduce the permit to plug-in time from current durations to a swift seven days for small PV systems (≤100 kW) or seven weeks for large systems (≤1 MW). SunShot will provide seed funding to help support up to 20 teams during a set 18-month performance period that begins in September 2015.

Goal and Prizes

Reduce permit-to-plug-in times towards seven days for PV systems ≤100kW (small system contest) or seven weeks for PV systems ≤1 MW (large system contest) and win cash prizes totaling $10 million.

Challenge and Rules

Install a number of PV systems time efficiently during a set 18-month period that aggregates to minimum 10 MW (small system contest) or 15 MW (large system contest) with best scores for repeatability, time performance and replicability. Read the rules to learn about these performance metrics.


NOTICE: This is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The FOA number is used for tracking purposes only.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/2/2015 11:59 PM ET
  • Pre-Application Submission Deadline: 5/24/2015 11:59 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/22/2015 11:59 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001001: EERE Commercialization

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders to assist in further defining the scope and priorities of EERE’s commercialization and entrepreneurship activities. Specifically, this RFI is intended to inform the Commercialization Team’s activities within the Office of Strategic Programs.

 Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to commercialization@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (EST) on October 20, 2013. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.doc) or (.docx) attachment to the email with no more than 3 pages in length for each category section listed in the RFI. Please use 11 point font and .75 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001046: EE part of Department of Energy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) FY 2014 Phase I (Release 2)

Congress established the SBIR and STTR programs to support scientific excellence and technological innovation through the investment of Federal research funds in critical American priorities to build a strong national economy. SBIR has four program goals:

  • Stimulate technological innovation
  • Use small business to meet Federal R/R&D needs
  • Foster and encourage participation by the socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses, and those that are 51 percent owned and controlled by women, in technological innovation
  • Increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal R/R&D, thereby increasing competition, productivity, and economic growth

The Department of Energy is making available up to $4 million for cleantech projects through the Department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which help small businesses develop technologies with a strong potential for commercialization and job creation. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technologies they develop and are encouraged to commercialize them. The programs help small businesses bring innovative technologies to market that help spur economic growth and diversify the nation's energy portfolio. The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)  is one of five “applied energy” program Offices participating in  Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), (DE-FOA-0001046) posted on grants.gov and FedConnect.  This solicitation, like all DOE SBIR/STTR solicitations is being run by the DOE/SBIR office (science.energy.gov/sbir).

Letters of Intent must be submitted by December 16, 2013, 5:00 pm EST

Full applications must be submitted by February 4, 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST

Submitting your Letter of Intent

Letters of intent will only be accepted electronically through the DOE Portfolio Analysis and Management System (PAMS) website: https://pamspublic.science.energy.gov/. Please refer to Part IV B of the Funding Opportunity Announcement for instructions for submitting your letter of intent.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0001046) is available at FedConnect: https://www.fedconnect.net/FedConnect/PublicPages/PublicSearch/Public_Opportunities.aspx. The Funding Opportunity Announcement can be downloaded by clicking on the “BODY” link on the right side of the page. The Topics for Release 2 are available at:http://www.science.energy.gov/~/media/sbir/pdf/docs/C38P1R2_Topics_11_01_13_FINAL_Ver_5.pdf. 

Documents

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001070: RFI - Net Benefits and Costs of Distributed Solar Energy and Innovative Solar Deployment Models

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback from utilities (investor-owned, municipal, and electric cooperative), the solar industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the net valuation of solar photovoltaics (PV) and innovative cost-effective distributed solar PV deployment models.  EERE is specifically interested in information on the net benefits and costs of the electricity and services distributed solar PV provides (both internal and external to the transaction), including the benefits and costs distributed solar PV delivers to and receives from the electric grid.  EERE is also interested in information on emerging solar deployment models (e.g., alternative regulatory designs, shared and community solar), which can help expand access to distributed solar PV generation and grow market-based opportunities for solar deployment.  This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  EERE is not accepting applications.

All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to an email message addressed to NetValueSolarRFI@go.doe.gov. Responses must be received no later than 05:00PM ET on 2/28/14.

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001122: RFI - Clean Energy Manufacturing Topics Suitable for Establishment of a Manufacturing Institute

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. Responses to the RFI will be treated as informational only and will not be viewed as a binding commitment for the respondent to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks information on mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research and development (R&D) needs, market challenges, supply chain challenges and shared facility needs in addressing advanced manufacturing development challenges impacting clean energy manufacturing.  

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on general issues and topics to the establishment of potential Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes.  AMO seeks information through this RFI to understand cross-cutting as well as specific manufacturing challenges that if addressed could provide the underlying motivation for the formation of a manufacturing innovation institute, consistent with the mission of the Department of Energy, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office (EERE) and AMO.  This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  EERE is not accepting applications.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to AMOGolden@go.doe.gov  with a subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on May 20, 2014.   Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word document (.docx or .doc) of no more than 8 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins as an attachment to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001126: SUNSHOT CATALYST PRIZE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, SunShot Initiative (SunShot) is proud to announce the Catalyst Program.  Catalyst is a series of contests designed to incentivize the public to address time-sensitive market problems in the solar industry.  For more information on the Catalyst Program and for the official rules please visit http://catalyst.energy.gov

Questions regarding the Catalyst competition can be answered by visiting: http://catalyst.energy.gov/ or by sending an e-mail to SunShot.Catalyst@ee.doe.gov.

NOTICE: This is not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The FOA number is used for tracking purposes only.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001133: RFI - Research and Development Needs and Technical Barriers for Fuel Cells

Amendment 000001: Revised the Closing Date to June 9, 2014.  Revised the information regarding the Pre-Solicitation Workshop at the 2014 Annual Merit Review.

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. Responses to the RFI will be treated as informational only and will not be viewed as a binding commitment for the respondent to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is seeking feedback from the research community and relevant stakeholders to assist in the development of topics for a potential Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for fuel cells and fuel cell systems designed for transportation, stationary, and early market applications as well as cross-cutting stack and balance of plant (BOP) component technology.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback on R&D needs for and technical barriers to the widespread commercialization of fuel cells for transportation, stationary, and early market segments. Feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders is sought. FCTO is specifically interested in information on R&D needs and priorities concerning the development of low-cost fuel cell components and pathways leading to improved fuel cell performance and durability. Input received from this RFI will be considered prior to FCTO issuing a fuel cell FOA (subject to Congressional appropriations).

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to fuelcellresearchneeds@ee.doe.gov  no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on June 9, 2014. Each response must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) document. Institutions providing input on more than one of the above categories should provide a separate document for each category, with the file name containing the category number and the institution name (e.g. if Company X is submitting responses to categories 1 and 2, two separate documents should be submitted with filenames “Category 1 - Company X.docx” and “Category 2 - Company X.docx”). Each response document should be no more than 2 pages in length, 12-point font, and 1-inch margins. Total attachment size should be less than 25MB to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001158: RFI - Specific Clean Energy Manufacturing Focus Areas Suitable for a Manufacturing Innovation Institute

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. Responses to the RFI will be treated as informational only and will not be viewed as a binding commitment for the respondent to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.

DESCRIPTION: The Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) seeks information on mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) research and development (R&D) needs, market challenges, supply chain challenges and shared facility needs in addressing advanced manufacturing development challenges impacting clean energy manufacturing.  AMO is particularly interested in the challenges associated with advanced manufacturing technology which might be overcome by pre-competitive collaborations conducted via a Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute. AMO recently completed a broad RFI on this topic area. The intent of this RFI is to narrow the focus of a possible Clean Energy Manufacturing Institute and invite discussion on a set of the following specific focus areas. The Topical/Technical Focus Areas under consideration in this RFI are:

              Advanced Materials Manufacturing (AMM)

              Advanced Sensing, Control, and Platforms for Manufacturing (ASCPM)

              High-Efficiency Modular Chemical Processes (HEMCP)

              High Value Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing (R2R)

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on specific issues and topics related to the establishment of Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institutes through specific Topical/Technical Focus Areas described herein.  AMO seeks information through this RFI to understand cross-cutting as well as specific manufacturing challenges that if addressed could provide the underlying motivation for the formation of a manufacturing innovation institute, consistent with the mission of the Department of Energy (DOE), the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and AMO.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to AMOGolden@ee.doe.gov  with a subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on October 3, 2014. Any late responses will not be reviewed.  Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word document (.docx or .doc) of no more than 8 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins as an attachment to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Submission of existing commercial documentation and product literature is NOT an acceptable response. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001165: RFI - Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) Software Tools

This is a Request for Information (RFI) only. Responses to the RFI will be treated as informational only and will not be viewed as a binding commitment for the respondent to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed. 

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to market opportunities to enhance and expand upon certain AMO system software tools and related assets. At the present time these software tool resources/assets are primarily maintained and managed by the U. S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO). This RFI seeks information to assist with the transition of these resources to be primarily or solely managed by a third party (or parties). AMO is particularly interested in business strategies to ensure:

             The resource content is maintained, improved and enhanced

             The resources remain available to the industrial sector

             The current and future market needs for these system assets are addressed

             Adaptation to rapidly changing and progressing electronic and IT infrastructure is embraced and addressed

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to AMOTools@go.doe.gov  with a subject line “Response to RFI” no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on September 30, 2014.   Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word document (.docx or .doc) of no more than 8 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins as an attachment to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001203: Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies, Fiscal Year 2015

THIS  REQUEST FOR INFORMATION (RFI) IS NOT A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA); THEREFORE, DOE IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS. 

EERE intends to issue, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies, Fiscal Year 2015 (AFFECT 2015).”  This RFI seeks input from interested parties and stakeholders regarding the subject of the anticipated FOA and related details.  If the FOA is issued, it will likely provide grants to Federal agencies for renewable energy projects that are incorporated into a privately financed performance contract, such as an Energy Savings Performance Contract or Utility Energy Service Contract, or as part of a renewable energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).  Applications for renewable energy projects that are financed through appropriations will also be considered.  A key merit review criterion will likely be how much private and/or agency funds are leveraged against the FEMP AFFECT grant funding. Highly leveraging outside funds through performance contracting is important, because it will lead to projects of greater impact. If the FOA is issued, it will be released at some point in Fiscal Year 2015, which began October 1, 2014 and ends September 30, 2015.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001221: Notice of Intent to issue FOA Next generation of Electrical Machines (DE-FOA-0001208)

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled "Next Generation of Electric Machines" (DE-FOA-0001208).

 

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or DOE may not issue a FOA at all.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE eXCHANGE in February 2015.

 

The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for the EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website http://eere.energy.gov/financing/exchangeExchange/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001236: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001237 titled Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives

The purpose of this Notice is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Vehicles Technologies Office, on behalf of the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), intends to issue a FOA titled "Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives", DE-FOA-0001237.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent.  Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA.  It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in February 2015. 

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001237: Alternative Fuel and Advanced Vehicle Procurement Aggregating Initiatives

Amendment 000004 to DE-FOA-0001237

The purpose of this amendment is to change the application due date (from August 21 to September 1) as well as to correct omissions and clarify items in response to questions received re the FOA. Affected pages are 22, 32, 33 and 35. Changes are depicted in highlighted text.

The objective of this FOA is to develop and implement an effective purchasing/procurement process designed to coordinate and consolidate bulk orders of alternative fuel vehicles, sub-components, advanced vehicle technologies, alternative fuels, and refueling/charging infrastructure to significantly reduce the incremental cost of commercially available vehicles and/or critical components in markets nationwide. The process will result in increased deployment of efficient alternative fuel vehicles and an associated reduction in reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.


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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/29/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/1/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001253: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Weatherization and Intergovernmental Programs Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled State Energy Program 2015 Competitive Awards”.  NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA.  It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange in 2015.  Please do not respond or submit questions in response to this Notice of Intent.

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001263: Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Smart Manufacturing: Advanced Sensors, Controls, Platforms, and Modeling for Manufacturing

Modification 0002: The purpose of this modification is to revise the "Concept Paper Encourage/Discourage Notifications Sent" date on the cover page from 11/20/15 to 11/24/15.

Modification 0001: The purpose of this modification is to revise Section I.B. Background, to include information on the Teaming Partner List.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish DOE's third Manufacturing Innovation Institute under the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI). The purpose of CEMI is to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness and to increase U. S. manufacturing competitiveness across the board by boosting energy productivity and leveraging low-cost domestic energy resources as fuels and feedstocks. Within CEMI, DOE uses Manufacturing Innovation Institutes to develop energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies in areas where an industrial consortium for research, development and demonstration has been determined through public engagement, requests for information and analysis to have high potential to address a significant and potentially impactful advanced manufacturing opportunity. The opportunity to be addressed in this FOA is the research, development and demonstration of Smart Manufacturing technology to enable cost effective information and communication technologies for the real-time management and control of energy in manufacturing across the unit-process, facility, enterprise, and supply chain.

The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applications.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

Informational Webinar: The Informational Webinar mentioned in the FOA was held on October 6, 2015 at 3:00PM Eastern Standard Time. The Webinar slides and a combination of the slides and transcript are both provided in the FOA Documents section below.

An audio version of the webinar can be accessed at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3704049435054492673

Please note that the webinar audio begins at 5:05 on the recording.

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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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/4/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/29/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001266: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA: SunShot Incubator Round 10, SolarMat Round 3, SunPath Round 2

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled, “SunShot Incubator Round 10, SolarMat Round 3, SunPath Round 2”.

This FOA will enable the widespread market penetration of highly impactful solar technologies and solutions through technology research, development, and demonstration to overcome technical, institutional and market challenges.  Historically, annual funding opportunities have been separated by stage of technology development (Incubator, SolarMat, and SUNPATH). In the interest of optimizing the application and selection process, these funding opportunities have been combined into a single FOA, with the goal of bringing disruptive innovation to the solar industry in the near term that will take root in the U.S.  The total federal funding will be approximately $45M with a 20% to 50% awardee cost share required depending on the project Tier.  Projects are expected to be funded with a maximum award level of $500,000 to $10M depending on project Tier. This FOA has 5 Tiers based on the type of product (hardware or non-hardware) and product maturity.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001268: CONCENTRATING SOLAR POWER: CONCENTRATING OPTICS FOR LOWER LEVELIZED ENERGY COSTS (COLLECTS)

Concentrating Optics for Lower Levelized Energy CosTS (COLLECTS) FOA seeks to further CSP system technologies by soliciting disruptive, transformative projects for the concentrating solar collectors in the CSP plant. These innovative projects will seek to surpass the targets set out in the SunShot Vision Study, enabling CSP to be cost-competitive with conventional forms of electric power generation. Projects will target the design and manufacturing of novel solar collectors with the ability to significantly reduce the solar field contribution to the overall LCOE of the CSP plant, and which have not been previously specifically targeted by CSP FOAs.

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To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001268 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

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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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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/25/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/25/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001274: RFI - Laboratory-Scale and Open Water Testing of Marine and Hydrokinetic Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy invites input from the public regarding a potential effort to facilitate laboratory-scale, or open-ocean testing of prototype marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) devices.  Details regarding the planned testing of prototype MHK devices for system integration, structural performance, and power performance (see below) are specifically requested; as well as discussion of the anticipated facility, site, instrumentation, expertise, and logistical support needed to advance the technical readiness of the device.

The information gathered with this RFI will be used to inform strategic planning by the DOE to advance the marine and hydrokinetic industry. DOE is specifically interested in collecting information regarding existing MHK systems and the anticipated resources necessary to test and validate these early-stage technologies in either a laboratory-scale or open-water environment.

Please click the link under "FOA Documents" below to access the full RFI.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to MHKtestRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00 PM ET on February 17, 2015. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, of no more than 5 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

This is a Request for Information (RFI) and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA); therefore, EERE is not accepting applications at this time. 

 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001275: Notice of Intent to Issue FOA DE-FOA-0001224 titled Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstrations”.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will cover a broad spectrum of the FCTO portfolio with topics ranging from research and development (R&D) to demonstration and deployment projects.  In particular, the R&D areas of interest for this FOA include hydrogen production via microbial biomass conversion; low PGM catalyst development for PEM fuel cell applications; development of an integrated intelligent hydrogen dispenser; and fuel cell and hydrogen manufacturing R&D focusing on hydrogen delivery pipeline manufacturing R&D.  This FOA also includes demonstration topic areas that will help to accelerate adoption of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies with specific interest in mobile hydrogen refuelers, fuel cell powered range extenders for light duty hybrid electric vehicles, and a Communities of Excellence topic featuring hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  

 

The FOA will include two general Areas of Interest each with several Subtopics:

 

Area of Interest 1: Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Research and Development (R&D)

 

1a. Hydrogen Production R&D: Microbial Biomass Conversion.

1b. Fuel Cell Technologies R&D: Low Platinum Group Metal Catalysts and Supports.

1c. Hydrogen Delivery R&D: Integrated Intelligent Hydrogen Dispensers for 700 bar Gaseous Refueling of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

1d. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing R&D: Hydrogen Delivery Pipeline Manufacturing.

 

 

Area of Interest 2: Demonstration and Deployments to Enable Early Adoption of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies.

 

2a. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Validation: Mobile Refueling.

2b. Market Transformation: Demonstration and Deployment of Plug-In Fuel Cell Hybrid Electric Light- Duty Vehicle.

2c. FCTO Crosscutting: America’s Climate Communities of Excellence.

 

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or DOE may not issue a FOA at all.

 

Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions. NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE.  Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent.  Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA.  It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to EERE Exchange February 2015.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001277: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001214: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs

 

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “U.S. Wind Manufacturing: Larger Blades to Access Greater Wind Resources and Lower Costs", Number DE-FOA-0001214. The full Notice of Intent document is posted in the "FOA Documents" section below.

This FOA will support Research and Development (R&D) partnerships leading to innovative designs and processes for the manufacturing and assembly of wind turbine blades in order to facilitate deployment of the next generation of multi-megawatt wind turbines. Supported projects will develop cost-competitive integrated solutions that address the challenges of fabricating, transporting overland and assembling rotor blades longer than 60m, with design concepts scalable to greater lengths, and installing them at wind turbine hub heights of at least 120m. Multi-organizational teams including at least an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) turbine designer, a blade manufacturer and an installation/logistics firm are expected.

The proposed FOA is intended to be forward-looking in addressing U.S. market dynamics and domestic manufacturing opportunities through innovative solutions to constructing and assembling larger blades directly applicable to mitigating U.S. transportation constraints. Awards under the FOA will support partnerships between DOE and research and development (R&D) teams, including manufacturers. The resulting designs must be manufacturable in the U.S. in accordance with the U.S. Manufacturing Plan to be submitted as part of the application.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001284: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001271: Cleantech University Prize

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Technology-to-Market Team in the Office of Strategic Programs, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP)”, Number DE-FOA-0001271. The full Notice of Intent document is posted in the "FOA Documents" section below.

The Cleantech UP program seeks to catalyze clean energy start-up formation on college campuses, support novel training and educational opportunities that equip the next generation of energy entrepreneurs and innovators across the country, establish a national-level training program and competition for America’s top clean energy student entrepreneurs, and create a sustained and diverse community to support student entrepreneurs.The mission of EERE’s Technology-to-Market Team is to aid EERE technology offices and American energy innovation stakeholders in addressing the technological and financial barriers to bring new intellectual property to market.  To advance this mission, the Technology-to-Market Sub-Program supports a variety of commercialization and entrepreneurship activities in partnership with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories, universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations around the country.  Existing activities include the DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition (DOE NCEBPC), National Incubator Initiative for Clean Energy, Lab-Corps, and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Programs (SBIR/STTR); past activities include the Innovation Ecosystem Development Initiative, i6 Green Challenge, Technology Commercialization Fund, Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, and other initiatives. 

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. DOE plans to issue the FOA around mid-February 2015. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001297: ASSISTING FEDERAL FACILITIES WITH ENERGY CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGIES (AFFECT), FY 2015

 

As part of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), FEMP works with key individuals to accomplish energy change within organizations by bringing expertise from all levels of project and policy implementation to enable Federal agencies to meet energy-related goals and to provide energy leadership to the country. The AFFECT FOA for FY 2015 will provide direct funding to Federal agencies for the development of capital projects to initiate, supplement, improve or otherwise increase the viability and deployment of renewable energy investments at U.S. Federal government-owned facilities. The intent of the AFFECT FOA is for these capital projects to help facilitate the wider adoption of these technologies at other Federal facilities. Using the authority provided in Public Law 102-486, funding provided under the AFFECT FOA will implement FEMP’s continuing efforts to promote widespread energy efficiency and renewable energy technology deployment in the Federal sector. Projects selected for funding under the AFFECT FOA will support FEMP’s ongoing effort to build agency capacity through project implementation, encourage energy cost savings, and promote significant recipient involvement through cost leveraging from both Federal and non-Federal sources.

There is one topic area to which an application may be submitted under this FOA: Renewable Energy.

There are two mandatory parts to the application process:

- Letter of Intent

- Full Application

A one-hour Informational Webinar on the AFFECT FOA was held at 2 p.m. Eastern time on March 19, 2015. A link to a video recording of the Information Webinar can be found at https://pfs.nrel.gov/main.html?download&weblink=0866943afd824471a258ce87a5ed2dbd&realfilename=2015-03-19_12.02-FEMP-FOA.zip.

 

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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Contact Information

  • FOA.AFFECT2@ee.doe.gov 
    For questions about the content of the FOA document. All questions must be received at least 3 business days prior to the submission deadline.
  • EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions about the Exchange System or submitting an application through Exchange. Include FOA name and number in subject line.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 4/6/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/20/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001309: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001286: Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development

 

The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Research and Development of Innovative Technologies for Low Impact Hydropower Development", Number DE-FOA-0001286. The full Notice of Intent document is posted in the "FOA Documents" section below.

This FOA will support research and development of new innovations in hydropower drivetrain and civil works technologies for low impact hydropower development. The focus will be to reduce overall capital costs and recurring operation and maintenance costs and reduce the environmental impact of developing new hydropower projects.

The technologies to be developed will include low impact civil structures, alternative construction methods and materials, and innovative mechanical and electrical powertrain components. These technologies will also help to reduce installation and maintenance costs, while addressing the environmental and social concerns of new hydropower development.

DOE will solicit innovative ideas to harness hydropower that can be rapidly built, removed, and replaced when necessary. Applicants will be encouraged to provide new concepts for alternative hydropower systems that will lower the costs of civil infrastructure development, can be deployed in a maximum of two (2) years with relatively low environmental impacts, and can be removed or replaced after their intended life is completed. These concepts and systems should be able to operate at a cost that is competitive with traditional sources of generation.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001310: Modification 0003 Next Generation Marine Energy Systems - Durability and Survivability

Please click on "Modification 0003 Next Generation Marine Energy Systems - Durability and Survivability" under the "FOA Documents" heading below to view the revised FOA. The purpose of the modification is to extend the Deadline for Replies to Reviewer Comments and modify the expected Selection Notification and Award Negotiation Dates, as shown in the table on the cover page.

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001310 entitled “Next Generation Marine Energy Systems - Durability and Survivability” focuses on the robustness of innovative MHK design systems with high performance potential and attempts to address questions regarding the costs, reliability, and survivability of innovative and novel system designs. This FOA will address these questions early in the development cycle and avoid costly failures and design iterations with prototypes at a larger scale.

Projects awarded from the “Next Generation Marine Energy Systems - Durability and Survivability” will improve system cost characteristics (i.e. Initial capital costs (ICC), Operational Expenditures (OPEX), Availability, and System Life) by reducing the risk and uncertainty that drives conservatism in design and premature failures in operations.

Projects awarded under Topic Area 1 will reduce ICC or extend system life by developing system designs and defining the conditions for survival. Projects will establish and validate survival conditions by testing model scale prototypes in a controlled laboratory environment.

Under Topic Area 2, more mature systems that are ready for testing as a fully integrated system will reduce ICC, reduce OPEX, or increase availability by developing new approaches to installation, operations, and maintenance. Prototypes will be instrumented and monitored to identify sources as well as progression of failures that drive the cost of operations.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

An informational webinar was held May 6, 2015. Please click "Informational Webinar" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for a copy of the presentation slides. Note that there is an icon on the upper left of some of the slides. Hold your mouse over the icon to see additional text.

A National Lab Support informational webinar was held June 20, 2015. Please click "ECM National Lab Capabilities" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for a copy of the presentation slides. Please also see "ECM National Lab Capabilities Slide Notes" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for a copy of the presentation slide notes.

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/29/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/15/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001315: Modification 0001 - NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FOR CLIMATE ACTION CHAMPIONS

Modification 0001 (5/18/2015): The purpose of this modification is to add Part C. OTHER SELECTION FACTORS to SECTION III: APPLICATION REVIEW INFORMATION. Please see the modified NOTA document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

Climate Action Champions Notice of Technical Assistance Webinar:

For Topic 2 (low energy commercial buildings) applications, DOE is holding a webinar on Wednesday, March 25 at noon EDT, to present an in-depth discussion of Technical Assistance under Topic 2, Low-Energy Commercial Buildings.

Please register at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4767900597802515201

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Presentation for the March 25th Webinar is available on the Notice Of Opportunity Page.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTION: Only entities previously designated as Climate Action Champions under Department of Energy (DOE) Announcement DE-FOA-0001189 are eligible to apply to this Notice of Opportunity for Technical Assistance. There is no financial assistance available under this Notice; only technical assistance will be provided. Please see the full Notice under the FOA Documents section below.

The purpose of this Notice of Technical Assistance (NOTA) is to support the goal of the Climate Action Champions (CAC) Initiative through the Department of Energy (DOE) to strengthen Champions’ resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other effects of climate change. The CAC Initiative represents a significant enhancement of the Administration’s strategy of partnering with local government stakeholders to enhance their ability to prepare for and effectively respond to changes and disruptions to their energy systems. This NOTA is one of several DOE opportunities available to Champions, and is focused on Technical Assistance for CAC’s project development related to energy efficiency and renewable energy mitigation projects.

For projects selected under this NOTA, DOE will provide tailored hands-on Technical Assistance to the selected Climate Action Champions through the use of specifically assembled Technical Assistance teams. Members of these teams will be subject matter and technical experts in areas such as architecture, building science, finance, planning, project management, technologies, policy, regulation, etc. Significant participants of these teams will be selected at DOE’s discretion and could include the DOE Laboratory System, such as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), among others. Other entities may be added to the teams by DOE as necessary. DOE will execute procurement instruments with the Technical Assistance team organization(s) using the funding awarded under this NOTA. DOE may choose to contract for non-lab Technical Assistance team members when necessary through a separate procurement instrument.

For Topic 1, if selected, it is anticipated most individual projects would receive Technical Assistance valued at between $10,000 and $150,000.

For Topic 2, if selected, individual project Technical Assistance is anticipated to be valued at no more than $50,000.

Technical Assistance may be provided to selected projects until the total available funds for Technical Assistance under this NOTA have been allocated or all selected projects have received the requested Technical Assistance. DOE may choose to offer a similar opportunity for Technical Assistance in future years. DOE will not purchase hardware or provide any direct funding to selected organizations through this Notice. There is no financial assistance available under this Notice; only Technical Assistance will be provided.

DOE anticipates entering into up to 16 agreements to provide Technical Assistance to selected organizations under this Notice during calendar year 2015. The actual number of agreements and the value of Technical Assistance provided to each selected project will depend on the amount of Technical Assistance required by selected projects and the amount of DOE funding available to support the Technical Assistance.

The period of performance of any individual agreements will be negotiated to accommodate the specific project being supported. The period of performance for typical projects under Topic 1 will depend on project complexity and other factors, and will not exceed 24 months. For Topic 2, the period of performance for Technical Assistance for design of low-energy commercial buildings must be completed by June 30, 2015.

Technical Assistance provided under this Notice is designed to help entities make informed decisions. Technical Assistance teams will provide information and options to enable planning and purchasing decisions. DOE and the Technical Assistance teams will not direct behavior, make decisions, or require entities to take any particular course of action. No funding will be provided directly to Climate Action Champions under this NOTA.

The Climate Action Champions NOTA Webinar below was recorded. The recording is available at this link:

https://youtu.be/eYm_6z8fzBM

Please register for the Climate Action Champions Notice of Technical Assistance Webinar on Mar 12, 2015 1:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1978922283278058753

This is the U.S. Department of Energy’s informational webinar about its Climate Action Champions Notice of Technical Assistance (DE-FOA-0001315). The purpose is to give applicants a chance to ask general questions about the NOTA process. Webinar topics include:

• NOTA Description

• Topic Areas/Technical Areas of Interest

• Award Information

• Cost Sharing

• Full Applications

• Merit Review and Selection Process

• Registration Requirements

Webinar attendance is not mandatory and will not positively or negatively impact the overall review of any Applicant submissions. Applicants should refrain from asking questions or communicating information that would reveal confidential and/or proprietary information specific to their project.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please see the full Notice, and a list of FAQs, in the FOA Documents section below.

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/15/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001318: Request for Information - Solar Big Data and Informatics

In order to reduce solar transaction costs (soft costs) and increase transparency and efficient pricing, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative is exploring best strategies to support, expand, and streamline competitive and non-competitive efforts in the solar industry related to collecting, securing, managing, exchanging, and monetizing solar datasets, across the value chain in the U.S. from project origination to grid integration, operations, and decommissioning. Improved data availability reduces informational asymmetries, accelerates the maturity of solar related products and services, and increases solar deployment. Areas of key interest center on technical, economic, administrative, and legal barriers and opportunities to reduce costs of capital, lower operational risks, protect consumers, and increase efficient market activities.


The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This RFI is not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment to an email message addressed to solardata@ee.doe.gov. Responses must be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT on April 10, 2015. The full content of this RFI can be found on the EERE Exchange website at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001319: SOLAR BANKABILITY DATA TO ADVANCE TRANSACTIONS AND ACCESS (SB-DATA)

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) specifically targets soft cost reduction by increasing data accessibility, quality and interoperability in the U.S. The Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and Access FOA (SB-DATA) will facilitate the growth and expansion of the solar industry by creating a standardized data landscape for distributed solar. As the solar market continues to rapidly grow, it’s critical that the collection, management, and exchange of solar datasets, especially those that affect the bankability of solar assets – across the value chain from project origination to grid integration, operations, and decommissioning – are coordinated and streamlined to protect consumers, increase efficient pricing, and to support new and existing businesses entering the solar marketplace (e.g. new financial, underwriting products, operations and maintenance services).

The goal of SB-DATA is to support the creation and adoption of industry-led de facto open data standards for rapid and seamless data exchange across the value chain from origination to decommissioning. SunShot defines success of this program as the wide adoption of data standards by stakeholders representing at least 60% of the U.S. solar industry, in terms of deployed/managed residential and non-residential distributed solar assets in 2015. This includes solar companies, developers, utilities, state governments, inverter manufactures, financial institutions, investors, underwriters, real estate entities, and others.


Informational Webinar was held June 4, 2015 at 4pm-5pm ET

Slides available for download below.

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/22/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/31/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001320: Modification 000002: Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2

Expected Deadline Change for Replies to Reviewer Comments Period:

DOE EERE expects to make reviewer comments available in Exchange on 12/14/2015 at 8:00 AM ET. Because reviewer comments are being provided one day earlier than anticipated, replies are due on 12/16/2015 by 5:00 PM ET (which is one day earlier than the expected submission deadline noted on the cover page of Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0001320). Replies to reviewer comments must follow the content and length requirements set forth in the FOA, Section IV.F (page 31). DOE will not review or consider ineligible Replies to Reviewer Comments.

The purpose of Modification 000002 is to delete Section III.E.2.v Limit on FFRDC Effort:

“The FFRDC effort, in aggregate, shall not exceed 50 % of the total estimated cost of the project, including the applicant’s and the FFRDC’s portions of the effort.”

The purposes of Modification 000001 are to make the following changes:

Additional clarification of areas of non-interest was added in the highlighted sections on pages 4-5 of the FOA to include the following:

The following types of applications will be deemed nonresponsive and will not be reviewed or considered (See Section III.D of the FOA):

• Applications that propose exploratory, basic science research (earlier than TRL 2).
• Applications that are at the demonstration and deployment phase (later than TRL 5).
• Applications that use food or feed carbohydrates, lipids, or proteins (e.g. maize or wheat dextrose, beet sucrose, sugar care or grain sorghum syrup, soybean oil or meal), and/or derivatives (e.g. amino acids from maize dextrose, glycerol from the transesterification of soybean oil).

For Topic 1 (Algae Feedstocks R&D), the additional areas of non-interest were added:

• Applications that propose to develop technology that relies on purely heterotrophic algae cultivation.
• Applications that propose mixotrophic algae cultivation strategies that utilize food-based sugars (i.e., derived from food-based crops including but not limited to corn, beets, sorghum, and sugar cane).
• Applications that propose to develop technology for the artificial lighting-based cultivation of algae for energy products (other than as an enabling tool for high-throughput laboratory-based screening).
• Applications that propose to work on biomass other than algae biomass (e.g. lignocellulosic biomass, non-algae micro-organisms, fungi, etc.).

The overall strategic goal of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is to develop commercially viable bioenergy and bioproducts to enable sustainable, nationwide production of biofuels that are compatible with today’s transportation infrastructure, can reduce GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions relative to petroleum-derived fuels, and can displace a share of petroleum-derived fuels to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and encourage the creation of a new domestic bioenergy industry.

BETO has targeted a performance goal of validating, at pilot scale, at least one technology pathway for hydrocarbon biofuel at a mature modeled cost of $3/GGE (gasoline gallon equivalent) with GHG emissions reduction of 50% or more compared to petroleum-derived fuel by 2017, and validating two additional pathways by 2022.

These high level strategic and performance goals are expanded in further detail in BETO’s multi-year program plan (MYPP). BETO most recently updated its MYPP in March 2015 . The MYPP identifies many technical barriers that must be overcome through research, development and deployment in order for BETO to meet these overall strategic and performance goals. BETO has issued several Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to address the technical barriers delineated in the MYPP, and has done so in a way to focus its resources in a limited number of pathways/approaches to ensure that the program initiatives are supported at a critical mass (both in terms of dollars and time) for maximum impact and for the highest probability of success. BETO has communicated its project portfolio in public via the 2013 Peer Review and 2015 Peer Review.

However, BETO recognizes that there may be very novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily satisfy the requirement of specific FOAs yet still meet BETO’s goals and mission. The Bioenergy Incubator Program is intended to identify these potentially impactful ideas that are not meaningfully addressed in BETO’s strategic plan or project portfolio. It is NOT intended to fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products or processes or for established work in BETO’s strategic plan or current portfolio.

BETO is issuing this Incubator 2 FOA to support innovative technologies and solutions that could help meet existing goals but are not currently represented in a significant way in the BETO’s MYPP and current project portfolio.

To apply to this FOA, Applicants must register with and submit application materials through EERE Exchange at https://eere-Exchange.energy.gov, EERE’s online application portal. Frequently asked questions for this FOA and the EERE Application process can be found at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/FAQ.aspx.

The eXCHANGE system is designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@ee.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant’s concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance, and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA’s posted deadline.

The Innovative Technologies for Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2 FOA Informational Webinar will be held Wednesday, September 2, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET. Standard application questions regarding the EERE Office and FOA procedures will be discussed. Please register for the webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8577701794294175233

For a recorded version of the webinar session held Wednesday, September 2, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp9WC4OYjF0


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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/21/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/13/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001325: Modification 0001: RFI - Research and Development Needs for Wind Systems Utilizing Controllable Grid Simulators and Full Scale Hardware in the Loop Testing

This RFI is being modified to extend the date for response to May 27, 2015, 5:00 PM EDT.

Through a balanced portfolio approach, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Wind and Water Power Technologies Office’s (WWPTO’s) Wind Power Program, herein referred to as the “Wind Program”, makes strategic investments in the Power Systems Integration subprogram, including transformational technology innovations that seek to maximize generation from wind power resources while addressing key grid level integration, operations, and planning challenges. The Wind Program addresses technology needs and opportunities in wind integration, which would otherwise not be addressed by the private sector on its own.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback from industry, utilities (investor-owned, municipal, and electric cooperative), academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to the use of controllable grid simulators to perform full scale wind-grid system research, development, and testing. Such research, development, and testing could include the application of Power Hardware-In-the-Loop (PHIL) testing capabilities to the wind technology market and the associated grid integration impacts.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to GridSimRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (EDT) on May 27, 2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic if possible. Respondents may answer as many or as few questions as they wish.

This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications through this RFI. DOE will not respond to questions regarding this RFI.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001326: Request for Information: Building America Program Technology-to-Market Roadmaps

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is developing a new research-to-market plan, focused on substantially solving three key technical challenges in the next five years. Successfully meeting these critical challenges will help transform the market for new zero energy ready homes and will lead to significant improvement in the energy efficiency and performance of existing homes across the United States (U.S.). As part of this new research-to-market plan, the BTO’s Building America program seeks feedback on three (3) draft integrated technology-to-market roadmaps that highlight proposed Building America program goals and objectives for each key technical challenge:

A. High Performance, Moisture Managed Envelope Systems

B. Optimal Comfort Systems for Low Load Homes

C. Optimal Ventilation Systems and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Solutions for Low Load Homes

Feedback solicited from this RFI related to these draft technology-to-market roadmaps will be used in part to help plan and develop future Building America Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA’s), as the Building America program works to meet its 2030 goals stated in the RFI.

This is solely a request for information and not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. DOE will not respond to questions related to this RFI.

A free webinar will be held April 7, 2015 3:00PM to 4:30PM EDT.  More information and registration for the webinar is at:

http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/events/building-america-webinar-building-america-technology-market-roadmaps

The full RFI document can be accessed under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to BuildingAmericaRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on April 30, 2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. 

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001327: Request for Information: Geothermal Concepts and Approaches to Validate Mineral Recovery

This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications through this RFI. The Department of Energy (DOE) will not respond to questions regarding this RFI.

For this RFI, the DOE Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) seeks input on ideas in three (3) categories to encourage increased development of geothermal resources through recovery of dissolved critical materials.

The first category is to explore the opportunities to conduct extensive engineering validation testing of feasible technologies or processes that can efficiently and cost-effectively capture, concentrate, and/or purify high-value materials, that may be contained in geothermal fluids and process streams. GTO seeks to broaden the assessment of available or possible approaches by exploring methodologies that may be adaptable from extractive industries such as oil and gas, mining, and other industries that may utilize chemicals, resins or other approaches to remove, purify or process a material.

The second category is to query concepts and approaches for leveraging methods in use or being considered for commercial applications in the geothermal and mining industries. Ideas are sought for combined drilling technologies, rock stimulation technologies such as those used in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS) and mineral extraction technologies as currently applied in solution mining.

The third category is to broaden the database of knowledge about the existence and concentration of the high-value materials in U.S. geothermal fluids or low-temperature process streams from other operations, such as oil and gas production. The information sought may be site-specific mineral content and/or an overall assessment of the U.S. mineral resource base in geothermal and other produced fluids.

The full RFI can be accessed under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to LowTValidation@hq.doe.gov no later than 5pm ET on Monday, June 8th. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

      

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001328: Request for Information (RFI): Risk and Uncertainty Management in Geothermal Exploration

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is seeking information on risk quantification and management in geothermal exploration, especially as it pertains to decision making in late stage exploration activities such as drilling and advanced geophysical surveys.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues of cost and risk reduction related to geothermal exploration. This is due in part to the lack of response to the 2014 Play Fairway Analysis Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) by Geothermal Industry operators and developers.  DOE's Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is specifically interested in information on current opportunities to develop, test, and validate risk and uncertainty models for prospects that have already been identified by industry.

This is solely a request for information and not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. DOE will not respond to questions related to this RFI.

The full RFI document can be accessed under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to playfairway@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm ET on 4/24/2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. 

Contact Information

  • EERE-exchangesupport@hq.doe.gov 
    This email address is for questions related to the EERE Exchange website only. DOE will not respond to questions related to this RFI.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001329: SOLAR TRAINING AND EDUCATION FOR PROFESSIONALS (STEP)

Update includes extensions for all submission deadlines.

The Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) FOA will support many activities in solar training and education. Firstly, it will support coordination among the Solar Training Network (STN), military bases and the solar industry. This will ensure that solar instructors are well connected to solar employers, the STN materials are up-to-date, and veterans are connected to solar training institutions. Secondly, it will establish new credentials in solar operations & maintenance and mid-scale installations. Next, this FOA will enable solar training and education for professionals in indirect and related fields such as real estate, finance, insurance, fire and code enforcement, and state regulations. Finally, it will support the expansion of the GEARED initiative.

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To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001329 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

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***Webinar Registration***

June 4th 2015 3:00 PM EST

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8008823272271452417

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/26/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/18/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001331: Request for Information (RFI): Gas Clean-Up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop Report

This RFI is being modified to extend the date for response to July 24, 2015, 5:00 PM ET.

The purpose of this RFI is to obtain feedback and opinions from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on the report findings from the Gas Clean-up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop held at Argonne National Laboratory in 2014. The report as well as the full RFI can be accessed under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

The Gas Clean-up for Fuel Cell Applications Workshop was held at Argonne National Laboratory on March 6-7, 2014, and featured 43 participants from industry (fuel cell, process solution providers, and material suppliers), government agencies, advocacy groups, universities, and national laboratories with expertise in the relevant fields. The objective of the workshop was to identify and prioritize:

The impurities that have the greatest impact on the complexity and performance of a fuel cell plant;The Research and Development (R&D) strategies that can alleviate the cost for onsite removal of impurities;The R&D strategies that will simplify a plant and reduce product cost (heat, power, hydrogen); andThe fuel processors and gas clean-up systems that facilitate modularity and fuel flexibility for a range of fuel cell technologies.

The main activities of the workshop were arranged in three sessions to (i) discuss the impurities, (ii) discuss the clean-up technologies, and (iii) discuss the R&D needed to advance the clean-up technologies.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) requests input on whether or not respondents agree with the findings, if there are other findings that are considered critical but were not included in this report, and a prioritization of challenges and needs, if different from those in the report.

This is solely a request for information and not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. DOE will not respond to questions related to this RFI.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to fuelcellresearchneeds@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm ET on 7/24/2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001332: Request for Information: Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) seeks to understand how local governments obtain and use information about energy consumption in their communities and within their government operations.

Consistent with existing DOE and Administration initiatives to work with local governments such as the Better Buildings Challenge, Clean Cities Coalition, and Climate Action Champions, EERE seeks to continue to help cities make important progress in meeting their climate and energy goals. The Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project is investigating complementary ways to support cities (or other local governments) in their efforts to include energy analysis and data into their strategic decision-making.

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gather feedback from stakeholders prior to DOE potentially issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). This RFI is not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment (in Microsoft Word format) to an e-mail message addressed to Cities.LEAP@ee.doe.gov. Responses must be received no later than 5:00 PM EDT on May 29, 2015. 

  

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001343: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Annoucement “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2” (No. DE-FOA-0001320)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Bioenergy Technologies Incubator 2”.

BETO’s mission is to engage in research and development (R&D) and demonstration activities at increasing scale to transform renewable biomass resources into commercially viable, high-performance biofuels, as well as bioproducts and biopower that enable biofuel production. To accomplish this mission, BETO develops a strategic plan, or multi-year program plan, to identify the technical challenges and barriers that need to be overcome. These technical challenges and barriers form the basis for BETO to issue funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) for financial assistance awards in these specific areas. However, BETO recognizes that there may be novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily satisfy the requirement of specific FOAs, yet still meet the goals and mission of BETO. The Bioenergy Incubator Program is intended to identify these potentially impactful ideas that are not meaningfully addressed in BETO’s strategic plan or project portfolio. It is NOT intended to fund projects that are incremental improvements to current products or processes or established work in BETO’s strategic plan or current portfolio.

It is anticipated that the FOA will have two topic areas. Topic Area 1 will be open to all proposals that seek to develop novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of BETO’s Algae platform, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Algae project portfolio. Topic Area 2 will be open to all proposals that seek to develop novel, non-incremental technologies that facilitate the goals of BETO, but are not represented in a significant way in the current Feedstocks or Conversion project portfolios. The FOA will describe areas of non-interest (that is, areas that BETO is funding in a significant way) with greater specificity. It is expected that proposals will be at early Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), ranging from 2 (technology concept and/or application formulated) to 4 (component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment).

EERE envisions awarding multiple financial assistance awards in the form of cooperative agreements. The estimated period of performance for each award will be approximately 12-24 months.

This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of EERE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term. All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

EERE plans to issue the FOA in July 2015 via the EERE Exchange website (https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/). If Applicants wish to receive official notifications and information from EERE regarding this FOA, they should register in EERE Exchange. When the FOA is released, applications will be accepted only through EERE Exchange.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001349: Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration

***Amendment 000002 to DE-FOA-0001349***

This Funding Opportunity Announcement supports the Vehicle Technologies Office's goals and objectives for reducing petroleum consumption through the research, development, and deployment of alternative fuel and vehicle electrification technologies that significantly reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations.

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Join us for a Webinar on September 23, 2015
Title: FOA 1349: “Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration” Applicant Webinar
Date: September 23, 2015
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Please register for the FOA 1349 webinar using the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4920947122476310529


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/8/2015 8:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/19/2015 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001350: RFI - Facilitating the Development of Offshore Wind Energy in the United States

Please see modification 0002 to this RFI under the "FOA Documents" heading below. The purpose of the modification is to extend the deadline for response to this RFI to July 2, 2015, 5:00PM ET.

The Wind and Water Power Technologies Office (WWPTO) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) to gain public input regarding the implementation of the 2011 report, A National Offshore Wind Strategy: Creating an Offshore Wind Energy Industry in the United States, and key challenges currently facing the offshore wind energy community in the United States. Information sought under this RFI is intended to assist the WWPTO in its strategic approach to pursing the paths forward presented in the 2015 Wind Vision: A New Era for Wind Power in the United States report. WWPTO seeks input from any stakeholders in the broader U.S. offshore wind energy community.

Feedback is solicited from stakeholders in the offshore wind energy community on issues related to the Wind and Water Power Technology Office’s strategic approach to facilitating the development of offshore wind energy in the United States. Specifically the WWPTO seeks to better understand the relative value of Technology Advancement, Market Barrier Removal, and Crosscutting Activities as well as a broader strategic view of the WWPTO portfolio. To maintain continuity with prior efforts, the RFI references projects carried out subsequent to the National Offshore Wind Strategy, as well as actions recommended in the Wind Vision Report.

The full RFI can be accessed by clicking the link under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

This is solely a Request for Information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications and will not respond to questions.


Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001352: Request for Information (RFI) High Impact Commercial Technology

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has developed a framework, called the High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst, for accelerating the voluntary adoption of high impact, cost-effective, energy-saving and underutilized commercial building technologies.

This Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0001352 covers the High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst which supports the technology-related market transformation activities implemented through the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) Program. Through the High Impact Technology Catalyst, technologies are prioritized and aligned with market transformation activities based on technology and market factors including:This RFI covers the High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst which supports the technology-related market transformation activities implemented through the Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) Program. Through the High Impact Technology Catalyst, technologies are prioritized and aligned with market transformation activities based on technology and market factors including:

-Market Demand

-Existing Resources related to the specific technology

-Regulatory Environment

-Manufacturing Capacity

-Cost Effectiveness including Installation, Operations and Maintenance

-Energy Footprint

-Technical Energy Savings Opportunity

Market transformation mechanisms such as technology demonstrations, technical and procurement specifications, templates, tools, market adoption campaigns, etc. will be developed and/or updated to increase voluntary uptake of HITs based on technology characteristics, barriers and the state of the market for each technology.

The HIT priority list and information about current HIT deployment activities are posted on the High Impact Technology Catalyst website, http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/high-impact-technology.

This RFI seeks inputs from interested parties including technology providers and technology end-users (such as building owners/operators) for the next annual review of HITs. Technology providers may provide information based on the criteria (listed below in Category 1) used to evaluate priority technologies for the HIT Catalyst. Building owners and operators may share interest in specific technologies and provide feedback on the most useful market transformation methods and/or resources.

The full RFI can be accessed by clicking the link under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

This is solely a Request for Information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications and will not respond to questions.


Join us for a webinar on June 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT.

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8751114567472877825 

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001355: Notice of Intent (NOI) to issue Funding Opportunity Announcement titled "Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration"

The purpose of this Notice of Intent (NOI) is to provide potential applicants advance notice that the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, intends to issue, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) No. DE-FOA-0001349 titled "Medium and Heavy Duty Vehicle Powertrain Electrification and Dual Fuel Fleet Demonstration."  PLEASE NOTE THAT NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOI. Please do not submit questions or respond to this NOI. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. It is anticipated that this FOA will be posted to the EERE Exchange website in August 2015.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001356: Request for Information (RFI): Solar PV on Commercial Buildings

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry (particularly building owners and building tenants), academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to installing solar on commercial buildings. The Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy is specifically interested in information on practical, industry-driven, financially enduring, and self-sustaining strategies that facilitate solar deployment for buildings. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

Contact Information

  • PVonCommercialBuildings@ee.doe.gov 
    All responses to this RFI must be provided as an attachment to an email sent to this email address. Responses must be received no later than 05:00PM ET on 7/27/2015.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/27/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001361: Request for Information (RFI): Photovoltaics Research and Development (PV R&D)

The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to gauge the issues and opportunities that the research and industrial communities find most important in reducing the levelized cost of energy associated with photovoltaic power generation.

Manufacturing costs associated with photovoltaic module production have decreased dramatically over the past decade, but further improvements are still needed. Cell and module developments that maximize efficiency, service lifetime, and total energy output while minimizing installation material and labor costs are critical to the future of commercial photovoltaic technologies. Continued innovation in these areas will play a vital role in achieving a levelized cost of energy that is low enough to drive widespread deployment for decades to come. This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to PVRD@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on July 15th, 2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001364: Solid-State Lighting Advanced Technology R&D - 2016

Through research and development of solid-state lighting (SSL), including both light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light emitting diode (OLED) technologies, the objectives of this opportunity are to:

Maximize the energy-efficiency of SSL products in the marketplace; Remove market barriers through improvements to lifetime, color quality, and lighting system performance; Reduce costs of SSL sources and luminaires;Improve product consistency while maintaining high quality products; andEncourage the growth , leadership, and sustainability of domestic U.S. manufacturing within SSL industry.


The Topic Areas for Interest for this Announcement include topics for LED and OLED technologies:

Topic Area 1: LED Core Technology Research

Topic Area 2: OLED Core Technology Research

Topic Area 3: LED Product Development

Topic Area 4: OLED Product Development

Topic Area 5: LED Manufacturing Research and Development

Topic Area 6: OLED Manufacturing Research and Development

For additional information regarding SSL Research and Development, please see SSL Research and Development Plan:

http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2015/06/f22/ssl_rd-plan_may2015_0.pdf


The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issuse with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.




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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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 11/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/20/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001371: Solar Decathlon Program Administrator

PLEASE NOTE:

DOE is aware of the issue of being unable to upload a PDF Document in the Letter of Intent phase. To resolve that issue, please enter all the requested information into the data Fields of the Letter of Intent screen and enter a brief (200 words) explanation of the proposed project in the "Abstract" field. Once that is done and all the information is entered, click on the "Create Letter of Intent" button. When an Applicant creates a Letter of Intent it is automatically submitted to DOE and the Applicant will receive an email notifying them that the Letter of Intent has been submitted.

There is nothing further required of the Applicant in the Letter of Intent Phase. The next step is to complete and submit a Full Application by the FOA Closing Date.

Please be aware the under the "Status" Column in EERE Exchange your Application will show as "Not Submitted". This refers to the Full Application status, not the Letter of Intent Status. The confirmation email sent to the Applicant (referenced above) serves as the record of your Letter of Intent Submittal.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

(EERE) seeks applicants to its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001371, Solar Decathlon Program Administrator. This FOA will support the Obama administration’s commitment to improving the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education efforts, and to building a more knowledge-intensive workforce. The Department of Energy (DOE) and EERE are eager to create and support education and workforce development programs that are specific to applied energy, and are essential to carrying out DOE’s mission and advancing energy technologies for the future.

One of America’s most pressing and technically difficult scientific and engineering challenges is developing new and better technologies to supply clean and renewable energy. As the nation’s demand for energy increases and the energy sector grows to meet these needs, the United States faces an impending shortage of the skilled workforce needed to support this sector. An educated and highly-trained workforce is imperative if it is to support today’s low-carbon economy as it develops—and lead it to tomorrow. Finding solutions to these challenges is critical today and for America’s future. For this reason, DOE’s Strategic Plan supports developing and providing educational and technical training opportunities for students and for the workforce.

Since its inception in 2000, the Solar Decathlon has been a high-profile DOE-branded education and workforce development program for university-level students. It culminates in a competition that is a public demonstration of EERE technologies that promotes energy efficiency and increases awareness about residential energy use; fostering greater adoption of clean energy technologies. The competition demonstrates that an aesthetically beautiful and well-designed house can generate enough thermal and electrical energy to meet the needs of a single family household. At the bi-annual Solar Decathlons, first in Washington, D.C. and then in Irvine, California, 65,000-100,000 visitors have toured the houses to see student teams’ use of EERE technologies in action. More information about past Solar Decathlons is available at http://www.solardecathlon.gov.

The Solar Decathlon’s wide audience includes collegiate student teams, the building industry, the sustainable and clean energy industries, homeowners, and general public consumers. The student teams pursue multidisciplinary approaches to meet DOE’s requirements in designing, building, and operating energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. The program’s technology showcase educates the attending public and industry professionals about the benefits, affordability, and availability of clean energy solutions, with research papers, media coverage, and digital outreach serving as tools to amplify this message.Under this Funding Opportunity Announcement, DOE intends to select one recipient to organize, manage, and conduct the Solar Decathlon competitions in 2017 and 2019. This includes identifying and providing the competition location/venue, soliciting sponsorships, hosting the competitions, awarding prize money to the competitors, and promoting the mission and goals of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy through educational programs and outreach. A key near-term requirement will be to identify a new location/venue for the 2017 Solar Decathlon.

DOE is seeking applicants for the 2017 Solar Decathlon College Team Competition under a separate Notice. See FOA DE-FOA-00001398 for details.

Please see the complete FOA document and the "FOA FAQs.xslx" spreadsheet in the "FOA Documents" section below.


The Information Webinar was held on September 2, 2015 for potential applicants. A PDF of the slides presented are in the FOA Documents section and a recording of the Webinar is available at this link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/756755739443904257

 

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 9/17/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/29/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001372: Request for Information: Marine and Hydrokinetic Environmental Monitoring Technologies and Field Testing Opportunities

This is solely a Request For Information (RFI) and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications through this RFI. The Department of Energy (DOE) will not respond to questions regarding this RFI.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback aimed at accelerating the development and commercial readiness of environmental monitoring technologies for use by MHK device developers. EERE is seeking particular input on the following:

1) A proposed framework for funding the advancement of environmental monitoring technologies aimed at reducing the uncertainty of impacts due to acoustic outputs, electromagnetic fields produced by MHK devices and their associated cables, and physical interactions with marine animals.

2) The relative need for the advancement of environmental monitoring technologies.

3) The state of development of technologies for measuring environmental impacts of MHK devices.

The full RFI can be accessed under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to MHKRFI1372@ee.doe.gov no later than 5pm ET on Friday, August 7th. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001373: Request for Information (RFI): Advanced Biofuel Blends in Small Engines

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) seeks stakeholder input on (1) the potential to optimize and/or modify small engines to utilize ethanol blends greater than 10% (E10) and (2) the barriers limiting the expansion of overall biofuel consumption in the small engine industry. The small engines of interest for this RFI are spark-ignition, internal combustion engines such as those found in small tractors, chainsaws, hand-held line trimmers, off-road motorcycles, generator sets, personal water craft, small outboard motors, snowmobiles, and all-terrain vehicles.

This is solely a request for information and not a FOA; therefore, DOE is not accepting applications at this time. DOE will not respond to questions related to this RFI.

Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to BETOSmallEnginesRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm EDT on 8/30/2015. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email.

Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001376: MINERAL RECOVERY PHASE II: GEOTHERMAL CONCEPTS AND APPROACHES TO VALIDATE EXTRACTION TECHNOLOGIES

The purpose of Modification 0001 is to correct the SOPO page limit to 10 pages.

The intent of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to promote the advancement of geothermal energy conversion processes by validating technologies capable of providing a secondary income stream from the same geo-fluids. Methods for economically capturing, concentrating, and/or purifying valuable materials contained within geothermal brines represent an opportunity to both meet critical U.S. materials needs and broaden, as well as strengthen, the value-proposition of geothermal energy operations. Results from this work can enhance current applications, support planned development, and potentially open additional regions in the U.S. for economic utilization of geothermal energy.

This FOA invites responses in two (2) general topic areas, outlined below. Collaboration among industry, national laboratories, and academic institutions is encouraged; teaming will be strongly considered during the application reviews. Applicants will also be encouraged to coordinate activities with the Department of Energy (DOE) Critical Materials Institute led by Ames Laboratory.

Topic Area 1: Engineering Validation of Existing Extraction Technologies
Responses to this Topic Area are to validate processes or procedures to recover these materials from geothermal fluids or produced waters. Proposals may include processes currently effective in other industries that may be transferable to high value/critical material/strategic materials extraction from geothermal fluids, or processes that already experimentally demonstrate effectiveness for material recovery.

Topic Area 2: U.S. Regional or Nationwide Assessment of High Value Materials in U.S. Geothermal Fluids and Produced Fluids
For the this Topic Area, the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) seeks approaches to economically and quickly build a public, U.S.-wide resource assessment of dissolved critical and high-value materials that may be site-specific, region-wide, or a national assessment. A successful application will demonstrate expertise in geologic regimes as well as sampling and analysis.

The EERE Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applications.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

A webinar for this FOA was held on Tuesday, December 8, 2015. To view the webinar document, please download the "FOA Applicant Webinar Presentation" PDF, from the FOA Documents section below.

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/6/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/29/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001378: Mod 0002 DOE Traineeship in Power Engineering (Leveraging Wide Bandgap Power Electronics)

The purpose of this modification 0002 is to:

1) Update Section 1.A.3. to clarify 2 CFR 200.68, and what should be excluded from the Applicant’s Modified Total Direct Cost Base.

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DOE intends to fund university-led traineeship programs that strategically address workforce training needs in the area of power engineering, leveraging wide bandgap power electronics. The following objectives guide the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office’s (AMO) traineeship efforts:

Advance the DOE mission – DOE funded Traineeship Programs are designed and implemented to advance specific Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) workforce competencies required for the DOE’s unique mission to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its science, energy, and environmental challenges.Address priority STEM workforce needs and identified gaps – DOE funded Traineeship Programs focus on advancing those critical STEM disciplines and competencies specifically relevant to the EERE and AMO missions where other U.S. Government or academic workforce development programs either do not exist or where DOE-relevant applications are not being leveraged to support specific DOE mission responsibilities.The Exchange system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applications.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the Exchange helpdesk for assistance (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov). The Exchange helpdesk &/or the EERE Exchange System Administrators (EERE-ExchangeSupport@hq.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Please click "FOA FAQs" under the "FOA Documents" heading below for Questions and Answers specific to this FOA.

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.

View Required Application Documents

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 8/12/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/3/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001379: Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD I) Notice of Intent (NOI)

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Solar Energy Technologies Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD)." EERE plans to issue the FOA on or about September 8th, 2015 via the EERE Exchange website (https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/). All of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change. EERE will not respond to questions concerning this Notice. Once the FOA has been released, EERE will provide an avenue for potential Applicants to submit questions.

This is a Notice of Intent (NOI) only. EERE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or EERE may not issue a FOA at all.

Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: TBD
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001383: Amendment 000001 - BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Buildings Technologies Office (BTO), announces the Funding Opportunity Announcement Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2016.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement combines early-stage topics (Innovations) with later-stage, roadmap-driven topics (Frontiers) that complement the core funding provided by the program. Because of their different focuses (Innovations: early-stage; Frontier: later-stage, roadmap-driven), this FOA is divided into two sections; an Innovations and a Frontiers section with an additional optional Buildings University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) supplement.

Applications for a BUILD Supplement cannot be submitted as standalone applications.

INNOVATIONS section:

Topic 1: Open Topic for Energy Efficiency Solutions for Residential and Commercial Buildings

Topic 2: Human-in-the-Loop Sensor & Control Systems

Topic 3: Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies

FRONTIERS section:

Topic 4: Plug and Play Sensor Systems

Topic 5: Advanced Air-Sealing Technologies for Existing Buildings

FOA Webinar Information:

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA - Introduction on December 21, 2015 2:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8715391438828356098

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please register for BENEFIT 2016 FOA - Full Applications on March 17, 2016 2:00 PM EDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9049947538484352769

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Amendment 000001 to DE-FOA-0001383 BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016 includes the following changes:

1. Total available federal funding has increased from $8 million to $20 million.

2. The number of anticipated awards has increased to approximately 17-25.

3. The schedule has been altered to allow an additional week for submission of Concept Papers. The new submission date for Concept Papers is 2/5/2016

4. The 2nd Webinar has been rescheduled to 3/17/2016.

5. Additional detail regarding building/grid interaction has been added for Topic Areas 1, 2 and 4.

6. Extend the submission date for Full Applications to 4/19/2016.


For questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please reference the DE-FOA-0001383 BENEFIT 016 FAQ Log in FOA Documents.

The eXCHANGE system is currently designed to enforce hard deadlines for Concept Paper and Full Application submissions. The APPLY and SUBMIT buttons automatically disable at the defined submission deadlines. The intention of this design is to consistently enforce a standard deadline for all applicants.

Applicants that experience issuse with submissions PRIOR to the FOA Deadline: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues.

Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission: In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk and/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of, and with the Applicant's concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance; and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA's posted deadline.


 

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/5/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/19/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001384: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement

***Amendment 000003 to DE-FOA-0001384***

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is issuing, on behalf of the Vehicle Technologies Office, this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), entitled "Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement."

This FOA supports a broad portfolio of advanced highway transportation technologies that reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emission, while meeting or exceeding vehicle performance and cost expectations. Projects will focus on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near-and-long-term vehicle technologies.

Activities will contribute to achieving the goals of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, with a focus on accelerating the development of advanced batteries, power electronics, and lightweight materials technologies, while also supporting technology development to reduce petroleum consumption through advancements in combustion engines, alternative fuels, and other enabling technologies. The FOA also supports Clean Cities initiatives to overcome market barriers.

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Join us for a Webinar on January 28, 2016

Title: DE-FOA-0001384 Fiscal Year 2016 Vehicle Technologies Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement Applicant Webinar

Date: January 28, 2016

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Please register for this webinar using the following link:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3302892619932711426

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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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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Contact Information

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/18/2016 8:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/28/2016 8:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001385: SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF U.S. SMALL AND MEDIUM COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund the scale-up of promising solutions to the market barriers that hinder the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial buildings and tenant spaces. The objective of this funding is to build a path for market-ready solutions to be used at scale across the United States (US) to improve commercial building energy efficiency.

According to the US Energy Information Agency, in 2014, 18 Quadrillion Btu was used in commercial buildings, about 19% of total national energy use. Small commercial buildings (under 50,000 square feet in gross floor area) account for more than 40% of the energy used in the commercial sector. Commercial buildings can be made much more efficient using a variety of cost effective efficiency improvements while creating jobs and building a stronger economy. However, well-documented informational, structural, and market barriers, such as split incentives, asymmetrical or inadequate information, higher first costs and high investment hurdle rates, impede the adoption of more energy efficient technologies and practices. These barriers are particularly pernicious in the small and medium size commercial buildings (between 50,000 and 100,000 square feet in gross floor area) that this FOA addresses.

The mission of the US Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) is to help meet DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Administration targets to improve energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings, with a near-term goal of 20% savings by 2020 and 50% by 2030. The Commercial Building Integration (CBI) program plays an important role in meeting the Building Technologies Office goals; it is charged with increasing voluntary adoption of energy efficient technologies and practices in commercial buildings, serving as a critical “market stimulation” link between BTO’s Emerging Technologies and Codes and Standards programs. In order for CBI to help meet BTO, EERE and DOE energy efficiency goals for commercial buildings, the program continues to invest in the development of new resources, tools, and solutions designed to help overcome the aforementioned barriers to energy efficiency. These resources are available on the CBI program website at http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/commercial-buildings-integration.

On November 9, an informational webinar was held regarding the announcement, please see the webinar document below for the presentation slides and transcript. 

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Applicants that experience issues with submissions that result in a late submission:

In the event that an Applicant experiences technical difficulties with a submission that results in a late submission, the Applicant should contact the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance (exchangehelp@hq.doe.gov). The eXCHANGE helpdesk &/or the EERE eXCHANGE System Administrators (eXCHANGE@go.doe.gov) will assist the Applicant in resolving all issues (including finalizing the submission on behalf of and with the Applicant’s concurrence). DOE will only accept late applications when the Applicant has a) encountered technical difficulties beyond their control; b) has contacted the eXCHANGE helpdesk for assistance, and c) has submitted the application through eXCHANGE within 24 hours of the FOA’s posted deadline.

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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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/4/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/1/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001387: Photovoltaics Research and Development (PVRD)

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support continued innovation in photovoltaic cell and module technologies.

It is anticipated that the Photovoltaic Research & Development (PVRD) funding opportunity will award $20,000,000 in Federal funding to support 30 to 35 research projects that will advance the limits of photovoltaic cell and module performance toward and beyond the $0.06/kWh 2020 SunShot goal. Successful applicants will demonstrate a convincing ability to improve the power conversion efficiency, fielded energy output, service lifetime, or manufacturability of commercial and emerging PV technologies.

In addition to multiyear research projects in Topic 2 and Topic 3, PVR&D also has a topic area (Topic 1) dedicated to small, single-year projects intended to demonstrate the potential for expanded work in a given area, which will be reviewed and selected on an accelerated schedule. This funding program represents one aspect of the SunShot Initiative’s efforts to encourage the widespread deployment of PV systems by achieving cost competitiveness with traditional energy sources. Applicants are encouraged to form teams that leverage the strengths of the individual members, and that demonstrate the timeliness and relevance of the project to the present status of the industry.

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To view questions and answers pertaining to this FOA, please find the DE-FOA-0001387 FOA FAQs document in the "FOA Documents" section below.

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The second upcoming PVRD webinar covers Full Applications, the award negotiation process, and DOE's active program management processes. This webinar will be on Tuesday December 8 at 2:00 PM ET. The link to register is:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4480030867177281026





Required Application Documents

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Submission Deadlines

  • Letter of Intent Deadline: 10/7/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 10/19/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/11/2016 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001389: NOTICE OF INTENT TO ISSUE FOA DE-FOA-0001385 - SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF U.S. SMALL AND MEDIUM COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Buildings Technology Office, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001385 entitled “Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Small and Medium Commercial Buildings”.

This FOA supports 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. DOE’s Commercial Building Integration Program is interested in funding proposals that focus on demonstration and national scale-up of business and technology solutions that can effectively help small and medium commercial buildings to improve their energy efficiency.

The full Notice of Intent DE-FOA-0001389 is posted in the FOA Documents section of this NOI.

NO APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS NOTICE. Please do not submit questions or respond to this Notice of Intent. Prospective applicants to the FOA should begin developing partnerships, formulating ideas, and gathering data in anticipation of the issuance of this FOA. DOE plans to issue the FOA in or around the last calendar quarter in 2015. The applicant must first register and create an account on the EERE eXCHANGE website. A User Guide for EERE eXCHANGE can be found on the EERE website https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/Manuals.aspx after logging in to the system.
 

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001390: Modification 0001_Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands - 2015

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department’s Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Indian tribes (including Alaska Native regional corporations, village corporations, tribal consortia, and tribal organizations) and Tribal Energy Resource Development Organizations to install (1) facility-scale clean energy and energy efficiency projects and (2) community-scale clean energy projects on Indian lands.

The Funding Opportunity Announcement is soliciting applications under two Topic Areas:

Install clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings (Topic Area 1);

Clean Energy Systems (Topic Area 1.a.)

"Deep Energy Retrofit” Energy Efficiency Measures (Topic Area 1.b.)

And,

Deploy clean energy systems on a community-scale (Topic Area 2).

Under Topic Area 1, DOE is seeking applications for the deployment of facility-scale:

(a) clean energy systems (renewable energy power systems or combined heat and power systems) to displace electrical, heating and/or cooling loads by at least 15%; and

(b) deep energy retrofit energy efficiency measures to reduce the total of all energy used in a building or buildings by at least a 20%.

Under Topic Area 2, DOE is soliciting applications for the deployment of community-scale clean energy systems of 50 kW or more (or for heating or cooling the Btu equivalent of 170,607 Btu/hour) on Indian lands to provide electricity, and/or heating or cooling for many buildings or to an entire tribal community.

Under this FOA, a 50% cost share of total project costs (100% match against DOE funds) is required, unless an Applicant requests a reduction in the cost share as part of the application and receives approval from DOE. Applicants may request up to a 40% reduction in cost share, to no less than 10% of the total project costs. Cost share reduction requests to less than 10% will not be considered. If DOE does not grant a request for reduced cost share, the Applicant will be required to meet the requisite 50% cost share.

DOE expects to make approximately $4 million to $6 million of Federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. DOE anticipates making approximately 6 to 10 awards under this FOA. DOE may issue awards in one, multiple, or none of the following topic areas.

Modification 0001

All modifications to the Funding Opportunity Announcement are highlighted in yellow in the body of the FOA. Modification 0001 included the following:

1. Section I.B.(a) – Clarified the types of eligible hydropower systems

2. Section I.B.(b) – Clarified the “community‐scale project”

3. Section III.A.1.c. – Added “Alaska regional development organization” as an example of an “Inter‐Tribal Organization”

4. Section IV.C.3. – Updated Summary Slide Requirements

5. Section IV.C.4. – Added requirement to include an explanation and rationale as to how the proposed project meets the community‐scale requirement, specifically addressing the “substantial” element.

6. Appendix A – Updated the definition of “community‐scale project”

7. Appendix C – Defined kBtu and clarified description of Table 2

8. Added Appendix E – Summary Slide Template

Informational Webinar

The DOE Office of Indian Energy hosted on Sept. 16, 2015 providing information on the funding opportunity to potential applicants. In addition to describing the FOA in detail, the presenters discussed who is eligible to apply, what the application needs to include, cost share and other requirements, how to ask questions, and how applications will be selected for funding.

The webinar slides and audio are posted at www.eere.energy.gov/tribalenergy/webinar_20150916.cfm.

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Required Application Documents

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/10/2015 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001394: Request for Information (RFI): Building Envelope Infiltration Diagnostic Technologies

The U.S. buildings sector accounted for approximately 41% of United States primary energy consumption in 2010. Of this energy used by U.S. residential and commercial buildings, approximately 10% can be attributed to losses through the building envelope due to air infiltration. The purpose of this RFI is to collect information that will be used by BTO for strategic planning of the broader windows and opaque envelope technologies R&D portfolio.

Specifically, BTO is seeking information from the public on diagnostic technologies that can be used to identify infiltration through the envelope, including in and around fenestration, of residential and commercial buildings. In particular, BTO is interested in the current state-of-the-art in infiltration diagnostic technologies, forthcoming research and development (R&D) advances that could reduce cost or improve performance, and the potential market implications of improved infiltration diagnostics. Responses to this RFI will impact the development of the BENEFIT 2016 FOA.

The full RFI can be accessed by clicking the link under the "FOA Documents" heading below.

This is solely a Request for Information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications and will not respond to questions. Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to BuildingEnvelopeRFI@ee.doe.gov no later than 5:00pm (ET) on September 16th, 2015.

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001395: BUILDING AMERICA INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE HOUSING INNOVATION

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), on behalf of the Buildings Technologies Office (BTO), announces the Funding Opportunity Announcement “Building America Industry Partnerships for High Performance Housing Innovation” with funding up to $5.5 million. The Building America Research Program is the Residential Building Integration (RBI) Program’s premier applied research program. The Program is responsible for over 40 housing innovations to date that have enabled technology and market advancements in residential energy efficiency.

With this FOA, RBI will select additional building science teams in 2016 for the Building America Research Program. This FOA builds on work begun in the 2015 Building America FOA.

Awardees will conduct applied research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in real world houses of cost-effective technologies and practices that can help reduce the energy use intensity (EUI) of new single-family homes by 60% and existing single-family homes by 40%, relative to the 2010 average home EUI in each climate zone, by 2025, with a focus on reducing heating and cooling loads.

This FOA has 2 topics:

Topic 1: Building America Technology to Market Roadmap Projects
Topic 1 addresses three integrated technology gaps focused on achieving high performance residential buildings and overcoming market barriers to adoption at scale, including:

A) High Performance Moisture-Managed Building Envelope Systems;
B) Optimized Comfort Systems for Low-Load Homes; and
C) High Performance Ventilation Systems & IAQ Strategies.

Topic 2: Home Improvement RD&D Projects
Topic 2 addresses RD&D related to innovative energy efficiency upgrade opportunities for trade contractors during home improvements. Topic 2 projects must offer significant potential for increasing the energy efficiency of existing homes by addressing cost and/or market entry barriers related to home improvement trades adding energy efficiency measures during typical home improvement transactions. Applicants may propose RD&D projects in the following home improvement sectors:

Envelope upgrades (i.e., roofing, siding, & window replacements, foundation repairs, or other home envelope improvements related to achieving energy savings)

Mechanical system upgrades (i.e., HVAC service & replacements with the potential for significant energy