Department of Energy

DE-FOA-0001184: Accelerating Low-Cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA)

Application Issue Date: 8/28/2014
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 10/14/2014
Submission Deadline for Full Application: TBD

ALPHA seeks to develop and demonstrate low-cost tools to aid in the development of fusion power, with a focus on approaches to produce plasmas in the final density range of 1018-1023 ions/cm3 (at Lawson conditions). The program goal is to create a toolset that will allow a significant reduction in facilities costs for fusion development and to enable rapid learning through a high shot rate at a low cost-per-shot, enabling rapid progress along new learning curves towards economical fusion power.


DE-FOA-0001163 – Advanced Reactor Research and Developmen

Application Issue Date:08/27/2014
Application Due Date: 10/07/2014

ADVANCED REACTOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT During 2012 and continuing in 2014, DOE used a Technical Review Panel (TRP) process to identify Research and Development (R&D) needs for viable advanced reactor concepts in order to inform DOE-NE R&D investment decisions. That process involved the use of a Request for Information to solicit concept informatDevelopmenion from industry and engagement of technical experts from industry, universities and National Laboratories to evaluate those concepts. Having completed this process in 2014, DOE desires to partner with industry to conduct cost-shared R&D for selected technology needs identified by the TRP process. The intent of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals to conduct such cost-shared R&D activities. Consistent with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, funding in the amount of up to $12 million will be made available to fund cost-shared R&D with industry. This FOA is available at Fedconnect located at under reference number DE-FOA-0001163. Applicants must register and acknowledge the FOA at in order to submit questions and receive DOE notifications including responses to questions and submittals. The closing date for applications is October 7, 2014. Letters of intent are due no later than September 17, 2014. The DOE will conduct a Webinar on September 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) covering project details and FOA application instructions. Webinar login instructions will be provided separately.

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DE-FOA-0001002 – Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS) 

Application Issue Date: 09/27/2013
Application Due Date: 09/28/2015, 5PM,E ST

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (Studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. Studies are defined as single-phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000. Awards will be issued through Grants.

The broad objective of this FOA is to identify disruptive concepts in energy-related technologies that challenge the status quo and represent a leap beyond today’s technology. An innovative concept alone is not enough; the idea must also have the potential to be impactful-meaning that, if successful, it represents a fundamentally new paradigm in energy technology with the potential to make a significant impact on ARPA-E’s Mission Areas (see Section I.A). Concepts of particular interest have the potential to achieve percentage-level reductions in U.S. energy consumption, energy-related imports, or greenhouse gas emissions.


DE-FOA-0001067 – Stewardship Science Academic Alliances

Application Issue Date: 08/11/2014
Application Due Date: 10/27/2014, 11:59PM, EST

The objectives of the SSAA Program are to: 1. Support the U.S. scientific community by funding research projects at universities that conduct fundamental science and technology research that is of relevance to Stockpile Stewardship; 2. Provide opportunities for intellectual challenge and collaboration by promoting scientific interactions between the academic community and scientists at the DOE/NNSA laboratories; and 3. Develop and maintain a long-term recruiting pipeline to the DOE/NNSA laboratories by training and educating the next generation of scientists in the fundamental research of relevance to Stockpile Stewardship and thereby increasing the visibility of the DOE/NNSA scientific activities to the U.S. academic communities.
Topic Research Areas:
1. Properties of Materials under Extreme Conditions and/or Hydrodynamics;
2. Low Energy Nuclear Science;
3. Radiochemistry.

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DE-FOA-0001155 – RFI Acceleration of Distributed Generation from Wind Energy Systems

Application Issue Date: 08/12/2014
Application Due Date: 09/25/2014

DOE’s Wind Program is planning a R&D program aligned with its new perspective which will seek to ensure distributed wind energy system performance meets consumer expectations; develop reliable, low-cost technology optimized for distributed applications; increase utility confidence in integration of distributed wind systems; and streamline the project development and installation process. The activities under this program would encompass the following recently established focus areas:
1. Wind Resource Characterization & Assessment – Better understanding of resource creates reliable turbine designs and properly sited distributed wind systems, and mitigates financial risk with regard to payback;
2. Turbine Technology – Technology transfer and innovation to expand rotors and increase hub heights for small and midsize turbines for increased performance, and advanced manufacturing for lower cost systems;
3. Distributed Grid Integration – Accurate generator modeling and clear understanding of operating impacts to mitigate interconnection/integration effects;
4. Soft Cost Reduction – Reduced red tape from permitting requirements and interconnection procedures will lower costs, accelerate adoption and integration.

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on DOEs new perspective on distributed wind and R&D focus areas in order to inform future activities and priorities.

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DE-FOA-0001164 – SBIR Small Business Technology Transfer FY 2015 Phase I Release 1

Application Issue Date: 08/11/2014
Pre-Application Due Date: 09/02/2014
Full Application Due Date: 10/14/2014

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) describes two distinct funding opportunities for the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 – Phase I Release 1.


DE-FOA-0001109 – National Laser Users’ Facility 

Application Issue Date: 08/07/2014
Application Due Date: 09/15/2014, 11:59PM, EST

The Office of Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, under Defense Programs within the Department of Energy?s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), announce their interest in receiving grant applications for new or renewal awards for research to be conducted as part of the National Laser Users? Facility (NLUF) Program. The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) at the University of Rochester (UR) was established in 1970 to investigate the interaction of high-power lasers with matter. It is the home of the OMEGA Laser Facility that includes OMEGA?a 60-beam, 30-kJ UV system with a wavelength of 0.35 m; and OMEGA EP?a 4-beam system with 2 beams operating at energies up to 6.5 kJ UV with 10-ns duration (0.35 m), and 2 beams that can operate either at energies up to 6.5 kJ UV with 10-ns duration (0.35 m) or as petawatt laser beams with up to 2.6 kJ IR (1.054 m) with a 10-ps duration. The National Laser Users? Facility (NLUF) program is part of the Joint Program in High Energy Density Laboratory Plasmas, which is sponsored jointly by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Office of Defense Science, and the Office of Fusion Energy, Office of Science. The NLUF program financial assistance awards are processed through the NNSA Contracts and Procurements Division in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 


DE-FOA-0001174 - Atmospheric System Research Program 

Application Issue Date: 08/05/2014
Pre Application Due Date: 09/05/2014, 5:00PM, EST
Full Apllication Due Date: 11/07/2014, 5:00PM, EST

The Atmospheric System Research Program (ASR) in the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division (CESD), Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), supports research on key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that has the potential to improve the accuracy of regional and global climate models. The ASR program hereby announces its interest in research grant applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use data from CESD, including Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) and ASR programs, to improve understanding and model representation of cloud microphysical, convective, aerosol, and radiative transfer processes.


DE-FOA-0001153 – High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science

Application Issue Date: 07/03/2014
Application Due Date: 10/01/2014, 11:59PM, EST

The Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) program of the Office of Science (SC) and the Defense Program (DP) of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), both of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), jointly announce their interests in receiving grant applications for new awards and grant renewals for research in the SC-NNSA Joint Program in High-Energy-Density (HED) laboratory plasmas. All individuals or groups planning to submit applications for new or renewal funding in Fiscal Year 2015 should submit in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The specific areas of interest are:

1. HED Hydrodynamics
2. Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Material Properties
3. Magnetized HED Plasma Physics
4. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions
5. Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics
6. Warm Dense Matter
7. High-Z, Multiply Ionized HED Atomic Physics
8. Diagnostics for HED Laboratory Plasmas


DE-FOA-0001156 – Collaborative Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences on Long-Pulse International Stellarator Facilities

Application Issue Date: 07/07/2014
Pre-Application Due: 08/11/2014, 5PM, EST
Full Application Due: 09/22/2014, 11:59PM, EST

The Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), hereby announces its interest in receiving applications to carry out experimental research in magnetic fusion energy sciences on long-pulse overseas stellarator facilities, namely Wendelstein 7-X (Germany) and the Large Helical Device (LHD – Japan). The research should be related to the planning, execution, and analysis of experiments concerning the topical areas described below. The FES Burning Plasma: Long Pulse portfolio supports U.S researchers who work in collaboration with foreign scientists to explore critical science and technology issues at the frontiers of magnetic fusion research. These collaborations take advantage of the unique capabilities of the most advanced overseas research facilities.


DE-FOA-0000890 – Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE)

Application Issue Date: 07/17/2014
Application Due Date: 10/01/2014

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on behalf of the DOE, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) is seeking applications under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for establishing and managing a dedicated Enhanced Geothermal Systems (EGS) field laboratory called the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE). FORGE will focus on science and technology Research & Development (R&D) in an ideal EGS environment (see Section I.D.) in a domestic location. It is envisioned that FORGE will result in a rigorous and reproducible methodology that will enable development of on the order of 100+ GWe of cost-competitive EGS power, supporting the President’s climate goals.

Projects under this FOA will be comprised of three Phases. Under Phase 1 Applicants will complete certain mission-critical technical and logistical tasks that demonstrate the proposed site’s viability and the Applicant’s full commitment and capability to implement Phase 2 and 3 activities of FORGE as envisioned by DOE. Phase 2 is comprised of three subphases that collectively involve preparation and demonstration of full readiness of the FORGE site, including detailed site characterization and full environmental compliance, as well as initial planning for technology testing R&D and evaluation in Phase 3. Phase 3 involves full implementation of FORGE and tasks specific to the identification, testing and evaluation of new and innovative EGS techniques and technologies.


DE-FOA-0000951: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives

Application Issue Date: 07/16/2014
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 08/01/2014
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 10/01/2014

For the past 20 years Clean Cities has supported the use of alternative fuel in transportation, including renewable biofuels and the deployment of energy efficient transportation technologies. The Clean Cities activities were authorized by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992, Section 505. This requirement aligns with EERE’s Strategic Plan that aims to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, increase the viability and deployment of renewable energy technologies, and increase energy efficiency.
The objective of this FOA is to create and implement high impact and highly innovative approaches to increase the acceptance and deployment of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs). This will be accomplished in part by funding three different Areas of Interest (AOI) which focus on: AFV-use demonstrations via hands-on experiences, safety-related training, and emergency preparedness.


RFI-0000008 – Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Methane Observation Networks with Innovative Technology to Obtain Reductions (MONITOR) to solicit applications for financial assistance to fund the development of disruptive new approaches to methane sensing in order to reduce associated costs to the point that widespread implementation is feasible.  As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams to respond to the upcoming MONITOR FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria. The FOA terms will be controlling.


RFI-0000007 – Announcement of Teaming Partner List for For Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement for: Local Thermal Management Systems To Reduce Building Energy Consumption

 The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), soliciting applications for financial assistance to fund new technologies that enable localized thermal envelopes around building occupants.  These technologies are expected to reduce the nation’s energy consumption by widening the heating and cooling setpoints in buildings, while maintaining the thermal comfort of building occupants.  This FOA represents a radical shift in thermal comfort management practices from today’s centralized building systems to more distributed and localized solutions. Previously, ARPA-E held a workshop on this topic. More information on the workshop can be found at


RFI-0000006 – Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Reliable Electricity Based on Electrochemical Systems (REBELS) to solicit applications for financial assistance to fund new intermediate temperature fuel cell (ITFC) technologies that efficiently generate stationary power from fossil fuels in the near-term, while simultaneously building a bridge to a zero carbon future.  Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that there will be three specific areas of interest indentified in the REBELS FOA as follows: (1) low-cost, efficient, reliable ITFCs for small distributed generation applications, (2) ITFCs that are capable of in-situ charge storage in an electrode to enable battery-like response to transients, and (3) electrochemical devices that produce liquid fuels from methane using excess renewable resources. Fuel cell systems based on existing Department of Energy R&D programs, such as low temperature polymer exchange membrane (LT-PEM) and high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (HT-SOFCs), will not be areas of interest for the anticipated REBELS FOA.


DE-FOA-0001078 – NOTICE OF INTENT (NOI): To Issue a Restricted Eligibility Funding Opportunity Announcement for Collaborative Grid Testing, Research and Valuation and Testing of Advanced Energy Storage Systems

ARPA-E intends to promptly issue a restricted-eligibility Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for collaborative electrical power grid testing, research and valuation of advanced energy storage systems. The purpose of the FOA is to fund one or more research collaborations that facilitate rapid commercialization of energy storage systems resulting from ARPA-E funded research efforts. While new grid storage technologies are maturing quickly, their adoption is hindered by a lack of performance and reliability data, and by customers’ perceptions of the technologies as unproven. The research collaboration(s) selected through the FOA will address this gap in adoption of new energy storage technologies.


NSF 14-511 – NSF/DOE Partnership On Advanced Frontiers In Renewable Hydrogen Fuel Production via Solar Water Splitting Technologies 2014-2016

Letter of Intent Due: 10/06/2014
Full Application Due: 12/11/2014

The Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation (NSF) has established a partnership with the Fuel Cell Technologies (FCT) Office of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in order to address critical fundamental and applied research challenges associated with advanced technologies for the production of hydrogen fuel via solar water splitting processes. The goal of the partnership is to leverage the complementary missions of applied research, development and demonstration (DOE) and use-inspired fundamental research and education (NSF) to address issues of national importance that impact the sustainable production of fuels using renewable resources. The Directorate for Engineering seeks proposals with transformative ideas that meet the detailed requirements delineated in this solicitation.

Request for Information (RFI): High Impact Commercial Building Technology Deployment 

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) is developing a pipeline of high impact, cost-effective, energy saving and underutilized commercial building technologies.  This RFI seeks information regarding the development and maintenance of new and existing tools, specifications, case studies and other resources actively deployed by the Commercial Buildings Integration program. The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to cost-effective, market-ready, high impact commercial building technologies, as defined in the criteria above. EERE is specifically interested in information related to available high impact technologies, potential host sites for technology demonstrations and market interest in technologies.  This is solely a request for information and not a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). EERE is not accepting applications.


DE-FOA-0000966 – Notice of Intent: Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator: Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuels Technologies 

The mission of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) is to enable the widespread commercialization of a portfolio of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies through applied research, technology development and demonstration, and diverse efforts to overcome institutional and market challenges.  Fuel cell systems research and development (R&D) is working to reduce cost and improve durability for fuel cells used in transportation, stationary, and portable applications. Hydrogen fuel R&D continues to improve hydrogen-producing technologies from renewable resources, end use delivery, and lightweight, compact, low-cost storage systems. To accomplish
this mission, FCTO has developed 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 FCTO to issue funding opportunities announcements (FOAs) for financial assistance awards in these specific areas. However, FCTO recognizes that there may be very novel and potentially disruptive ideas that do not necessarily satisfy the requirement of specific FOAs yet still meet the goals and mission of FCTO. The FCTO Incubator Program is intended to identify these potentially impactful ideas that are not addressed in FCTO’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 FCTO’s strategic plan or current portfolio.


DE-FOA-0001091 – Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement DE-FOA-0000890 “Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE)”

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office, DE-FOA-0000890, a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE).” This Notice is issued so that interested parties are aware of the DOE’s intention to issue this FOA in the near term.  Any of the information contained in this Notice is subject to change.  DOE will not entertain any questions or telephone calls at this time involving this Notice.  Once the FOA has been released, DOE will provide an avenue for potential applicants to submit questions. This is a Notice of Intent only.  DOE is not accepting applications for funding as a result of this notice.  DOE may issue a FOA as described herein, may issue a FOA that is significantly different than the FOA described herein, or may not issue a FOA at all.


DE-FOA-0001069: Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement No. DE-FOA-0001016 “Low Temperature Mineral Recovery Program” 

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Low Temperature Mineral Recovery Program.” EERE’s objective in this FOA is to promote the advancement of thermal energy processes capable of converting geothermal heat sources into power, in conjunction with the development or exploitation of technologies capable of capturing, concentrating, and/or purifying valuable materials contained within geothermal brines to economically extract resources that can provide additional revenue streams to geothermal operators. This targeted initiative of the GTO focuses on strategic mineral extraction as a path to optimize the value stream of low-to-moderate temperature resources.


DE-FOA-0001039 – Notice of Intent to Issue DE-FOA-0001027, Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2014

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 Building Technologies Office (BTO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Incubator Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2014”, Number DE-FOA-0001027.


DE-FOA-0001002 – ARPA-E Open Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (Open Ideas)

Issue Date:  Sep 27, 2013
Submission Deadline:  None

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is intended to provide rapid support to revolutionary applied energy research (Studies) that may lead to new ARPA-E programs to develop transformational and disruptive energy technologies. Studies are defined as single phase efforts of durations less than 12 months and cost less than $500,000.  Awards will be issued through Grants. ARPA-E is issuing this FOA as a one-year pilot initiative. If successful, this or a similar FOA will be issued annually. Applicants will submit brief Concept Papers (4 page maximum) as described below, and selected Concept Paper Applicants will then be invited to submit Full Applications. This FOA addresses only the Concept Paper process. Applicants must propose energy research that is not (1) covered by current ARPA-E projects, programs, FOAs, and RFIs (Requests for Information) and (2) an incremental improvement to existing technology. Applicants are encouraged to review current ARPA-E projects, programs, FOAs, and RFIs prior to application.



DE-FOA-0000995 – FY 2014 Continuation of Solicitation for the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program

Issue Date: 10/01/2013
Application Due Date: Not Applicable [Open until September 30, 2014 or until replaced by a successor FOA]

The Office of Science of the Department of Energy hereby announces its continuing interest in receiving grant applications for support of work in the following program
areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.
On September 3, 1992, DOE published in the Federal Register the Office of Energy Research Financial Assistance Program (nowcalled the Office of Science Financial Assistance Program),
10 CFR 605, as a Final Rule, which contained a solicitation for this program. Information about submission of applications, eligibility, limitations, evaluation and selection processes and other policies and procedures are specified in 10 CFR 605. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), DE-FOA-0000995, is our annual, broad, open
solicitation that covers all of the research areas in the Office of Science and is open throughout the Fiscal Year.


EERE Unsolicited Proposals 

Unsolicited Proposals

Most EERE financial assistance is awarded on a competitive basis, however, financial assistance can be awarded on a noncompetitive basis through the unsolicited proposal program. An unsolicited proposal is an application for financial assistance that is not submitted at the request of EERE or in response to a solicitation announcement. Unsolicited proposals are submitted solely at the discretion of the proposer.

Unsolicited proposals are sometimes submitted in response to a notice of program interest (NOPI). NOPIs are not solicitations, but they do alert potential applicants to areas of research in which EERE is interested. NOPIs may indicate areas in which the submission of unsolicited proposals may be more likely to result in funding.

Unsolicited proposals may be selected for funding if they:

  • Demonstrate a unique and innovative concept or a unique capability
  • Offer a concept or service not otherwise available to the government
  • Do not resemble recent, current, or pending competitive solicitations
  • Independently originate with the proposer without government supervision.

Unsolicited proposals are considered noncompetitive.

To submit an unsolicited proposal, contact:

John N. Augustine, Mail Stop 921-107

Unsolicited Proposal Manager

U.S. Department of Energy

National Energy Technology Laboratory

626 Cochrans Mill Road

P.O. Box 10940

Pittsburgh, PA 15236-0940


Submission for full Application: To be Determined.

This program seeks to fund the development of transformational electrochemical energy storage technologies that will accelerate widespread electric vehicle adoption by dramatically improving their driving range, cost, and reliability. To achieve this long-term objective, this program aims to maximize specific energy and minimize cost of energy storage systems at the vehicle level. Central to this system-level approach is the use of robust design principles for energy storage systems.  Robust design is defined as electrochemical energy storage chemistries and/or architectures (i.e. physical designs) that avoid thermal runaway and are immune to catastrophic failure regardless of manufacturing quality or abuse conditions. In addition, this program seeks multifunctional energy storage designs that use these robust storage systems to simultaneously serve other functions on a vehicle (for example, in the frame, body, and/or crumple zone), thus further reducing an energy storage system’s effective
weight when normalized to the entire electric vehicle weight. It is anticipated that the core technologies developed under this program will advance all categories of electrified vehicles (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, extended-range electric, and all-electric vehicles); however, the primary focus of this program is on all-electric vehicles, referred to hereafter as electric vehicles (EVs).

BIRD Energy

Application Deadline: To Be Announced

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the Israel Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and the BIRD Foundation have established “BIRD Energy”: a program for U.S. – Israel joint renewable energy developments. 

To be considered, a project proposal should include:

  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between  a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel.
  • Innovation in areas such as: Solar Power, Alternative Fuels, Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Smart Grid, Wind Energy or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology.
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

BIRD Energy

DE-FOA-0000807: Nuclear Energy University Programs-Fellowship and Scholarship Support
Issue Date: December 3rd, 2012
Application Due Date: Continuously through November 30th, 2015

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to award multiple cooperative agreements (each anticipated to be for a term of up to five years, but which could continue for up to eight years – see Section II, paragraph F of this funding opportunity announcement) to accredited U.S. Colleges and Universities (hereafter referred to as “Universities”) to allow two- and four- year Universities to receive and administer fellowship and scholarship funding awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Energy (DOE-NE) to selected students who will be attending their Universities. Universities will be allocated the money for specific students selected by a separate DOE-NE process.

These cooperative agreements will allow students from recipient Universities to apply for DOE-NE fellowships and scholarships through separate competitive Requests for Applications (typically issued in December). This vehicle establishes a mechanism for the scholarship and/or fellowship funding to be transferred to the Universities and establishes the allowable costs for the program. The fellowships and scholarships are focused on two-, four-year, and graduate programs in science and engineering disciplines related to nuclear energy, such as Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, Health Physics, Nuclear Materials Science, Radiochemistry, Applied Nuclear Physics, Nuclear Policy, Radiation Protection Technology, Nuclear Power Technology, Nuclear Maintenance Technology, and Nuclear Engineering Technology at Universities and Colleges located in the United States (U.S.).


SunShot Price: Race to the Rooftops
Competition Rules Released and Registration to Compete Period Begins: September 12, 2012
Pre‐Submission and Submission Period Begins: December 31, 2012
Registration to Compete Deadline:   5:00 PM ET, October 31, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative aims to make subsidy‐free solar energy cost‐competitive with conventional forms of energy by the end of the decade. SunShot drives
American innovation in manufacturing, engineering, and business through a series of programs
designed to spark and promote market solutions to solar energy development and clean energy

SunShot Price: Race to the Rooftops

SunShot Initiative Postdoctoral Research Awards

The Solar Energy Technologies Program (SETP) focuses on developing cost-effective solar energy technologies that have the greatest potential to benefit the nation and the world. A growing solar industry also stimulates our economy by creating jobs in solar manufacturing and installation.

SETP has recently launched a major new program called the SunShot Initiativeto reduce the total costs of solar energy systems by about 75 percent before the end of the decade. This major national effort to make solar energy technologies cost competitive with other forms of energy, without subsidies, will leverage the combined technical expertise of research laboratories, academic institutions, and industry across the country. By reducing the cost for utility-scale installations by about 75 percent to roughly $1 per wattt — which would correspond to approximately 6 cents per kilowatt hour — solar energy systems could be broadly deployed across the country.

SunShot Initiative Postdoctoral Research Awards


DE-FOA-0000589 Solicitation


Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Science and Technology Policy Fellowships (SunShot Initiative Fellowships)

Applications Accepted Year-Round

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellowships will serve as the next step in the educational and professional development of scientist and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Fellowships will provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers with relevant energy technology experience to participate in policy-related projects at DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. The EERE STP Fellows will apply the expertise gained from advanced degrees and history of conducting research to new and ongoing EERE initiatives. As a result of their participation on this program, Fellows are expected to:

  • Gain deep insight into the federal government’s role in the creation and implementation of policies that will affect energy technology development.
  • Contribute to the implementation of energy policies by applying their scientific and technical expertise to the development of solutions for problems in areas of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
  • Continue their education and involvement in areas that support the EERE mission either in a technical or policy-related role.
  • Introduce policy-related knowledge and interest into research facilities supporting the EERE mission.

Two levels of Fellowships, Fellows and Senior Fellows, will allow both recent graduates and experienced scientists and engineers to participate in the EERE STP Fellowships. Fellows will be assigned to policy-related projects and be mentored by senior EERE staff.

Fellowships Website