Department of Energy

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.


DE-FOA-0001111 – Promoting Domestic And International Consensus on Fossil Energy Technologies

Application Issue Date: 06/24/2014
Application Due Date: 07/23/2014

The primary mission of U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy is to ensure the nation can continue to rely on coal, oil, and natural gas resources for clean, secure and affordable energy while enhancing environmental protection. Within the Office of Fossil Energy, The Office of Clean Coal is responsible for developing the strategic policy and direction of research, development and demonstration (RD&D) related to clean coal technologies, and interacting with other elements of the Department, the Administration, Congress and the public on coal and electric power policy, programs and budget for those programs under its purview. Throughout the United States and globally, there exists a lack of domestic and international knowledge and consensus on the two most promising approaches to reducing CO2 and improving power production: carbon capture and storage and clean energy systems. Compared with other CO2 reduction options and disregarding local circumstances, commercial-scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Clean Energy Systems (CES) appear to be the cheapest mitigation options. However, CCS and CES require effective cost and risk assessments, improved policy and regulatory frameworks, and improved monitoring systems. One of the key missions of the Office of Fossil Energy is to, ?ensure the nation can continue to rely on traditional resources for clean, secure and affordable energy while enhancing environmental protection.? To accomplish this mission, it is imperative that the Office of Fossil Energy provide outreach and education to many stakeholders, including the general public in order to allow them to make educated choices about energy. Towards this end, the Office of Fossil Energy seeks to partner with organizations with similar goals to help improve understanding and develop cooperative action on CCS and CES by reaching out to additional international and national organizations to conduct a series of co-related tasks that mutually serve the mission of the public as well as the Office of Fossil Energy. The DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy’s Office of Oil and Natural Gas (FE Oil & Gas) works to achieve a more secure energy future through the diversified supply of oil and natural gas resources while minimizing environmental impacts. FE Oil & Gas seeks to promote its mission in general and specifically promote safe and responsible development of oil and natural gas in the United States and in other countries, by sharing best practices and advanced technology. This will benefit the public by ensuring reliable, clean, and affordable supplies of oil and natural gas in the United States.

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DE-FOA-0001110 – Opportunities, Knowledge Advancements, and Technology Improvements for Increased Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Storage in Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) Operations 

Application Issue Date: 05/27/2014
Application Due Date: 07/01/2014

The purpose of this FOA is to competitively solicit and award R&D projects that will meet the following Objectives: (1) Opportunities, Knowledge Advancements, and Technology Improvements for CO2 Storage in Non-Conventional CO2-EOR Targets; (2) Novel Technologies and Practices to Enhance and Maximize CO2 Storage and Oil Recovery at Conventional CO2-EOR Targets; and (3) Quantifying the Carbon Balance of CO2-EOR Operations and Identifying ?Net Carbon Negative Oil.


DE-FOA-0001139 – Atmospheric System Research ? New Site Science Opportunities in the Eastern North Atlantic and North Slope of Alaska 

Application Issue Date: 05/23/2014
Application Due Date: 07/31/2014

The Atmospheric System Research Program (ASR) in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) of the Office of Science (SC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), supports research that uses laboratory studies or field data from the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, along with process level models, to study key cloud, aerosol, precipitation, and radiative transfer processes that are relevant to improving the accuracy of regional and global climate model predictions. Key ASR science goals are to determine the properties of, and interactions among, aerosols, clouds, precipitation, and radiation that are most critical to understand in order to improve their representation in climate models; ascertain the roles of atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamic structure, radiation, surface properties, and chemical and microphysical processes in the life cycles of aerosols and clouds; and identify and quantify processes along the aerosol-cloud-precipitation continuum that affect radiative fluxes at the surface and top of the atmosphere and radiative and latent heating rate profiles. ASR also supports research that develops and evaluates models of these afore-mentioned processes. More information on the ASR program is available at

DE-FOA-0000854 – Clean Energy Supply Chain and Manufacturing Competitiveness Analysis for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies

Letter of Intent Due: 05/30/2014
Full Application Due: 06/30/2014

With this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the Department of Energy (DOE) seeks to fund Outreach and Analysis type projects. Topics include:

Topic 1: Outreach to develop strategies and new approaches to facilitate development and expansion of the domestic supply chain of hydrogen and fuel cell-related components in the U.S.
*        Identify gaps in the supply chain and strategies to mitigate the gaps for hydrogen and fuel cell components and systems.
*        Develop supply chain enhancement strategies (e.g., online supply chain exchanges, supply chain outreach, and supply chain exchange event type events).

Topic 2: Global manufacturing competitive analysis for hydrogen and fuel cell-related technologies.
*        Carry out comprehensive analysis of the factors affecting U.S. manufacturing competitiveness for hydrogen and fuel cell components and systems.
*        Provide manufacturing-related market analyses related to the global fuel cell industry trends, including the number of units and size (megawatts) of fuel cells shipped and binned by country and type of application.


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.



Release Date: 04/29/2014
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 06/13/2014, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: TBD 5:00pm ET 

The goal of the MONITOR program is to support the development of disruptive approaches for methane emission detection and measurement that will enable widespread utilization and facilitate reductions in methane emissions. The program implementation focus is on “oil and gas systems” from the wellhead to the end-user. Cost-effective measurement of methane emissions will facilitate detection and early mitigation of leaks and process upsets, thus reducing the overall emissions of methane from the production of natural gas.



Release Date: 04/29/2014
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 06/13/2014, 5:00pm ET
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: TBD 5:00pm ET 

Building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) account for 13% of energy consumption in the United States. The DELTA program seeks to enable saving 2% of domestic energy use by funding the development of Localized Thermal Management Systems (LTMS). LTMS modify the local thermal envelope around the human body rather than the building. When implemented in a built environment, LTMS are expected to enable an expansion of the temperature setpoints in buildings. ARPA‐E analyses demonstrate that a potential energy savings for building heating and cooling >15% is available when compared to traditional HVAC setpoints.

ARPA‐E envisions DELTA supporting a broad range of LTMS that would enable the energy savings and emissions reduction objectives described in this FOA. Such technologies may range from on‐body wearable devices to off‐body installed systems. Installed systems could provide near range (< 1 m) and long range (>1 m) energy transfer to the human body without substantially heating or cooling the surrounding air. ARPA‐E expects adoption of LTMS for both the commercial and residential sectors. Due to the lower cost and ease of implementation, it is expected that wearable technologies are more likely to make early penetration into the residential sector. ARPA‐E recognizes the tremendous opportunities for energy savings offered by LTMS due to their inherent high energy efficiency, low capital installation cost, ease of upgrading and ability to offer personalized thermal environmental control. This FOA presents a radical shift of thermal comfort management away from centralized building systems to distributed, local solutions. This approach will leverage recent and future advancements in distributed sensing, communications, control, innovative materials and wearable technologies for the development of quickly deployable devices to significantly improve building HVAC efficiencies. While the scope of this program focuses on LTMS for quick adoption in existing buildings, our long term vision is that LTMS solutions may eventually reduce our reliance on tightly controlled building environments, thus enabling radical new sustainable architecture in next generation energy‐efficient building designs.


2015 INCITE Call for Proposals 

Release Date: 04/16/2014
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 06/27/2014

The Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment (INCITE) program promotes transformational advances in science and technology for computationally intensive, large-scale research projects through large allocations of computer time and supporting resources at the Argonne and Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (LCF) centers, operated by the US Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. INCITE seeks research enterprises for capability computing: production simulations-including ensembles-that use a large fraction of the LCF systems or require the unique LCF architectural infrastructure for high-impact projects that cannot be performed anywhere else.

INCITE is currently soliciting proposals of research for awards of time on the 27-petaflop Cray XK7, “Titan,” and the 10-petaflop IBM Blue Gene/Q, “Mira,” beginning calendar year (CY) 2015. Nearly six billion core-hours will be allocated for CY 2015. Average awards per project for CY 2015 are expected to be on the order of 75 million core-hours for Titan and 100 million core-hours for Mira, but could be as much as several hundred million core hours. Proposals may be for up to three years.

2015 INCITE Call for Proposals

DE-FOA-0001076 -  Environmentally-Prudent Unconventional Resource Development 

Release Date: 05/02/2014
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 06/27/2014

The intent of this DOE, NETL FOA is to select and award projects in Fiscal Year 2014 (FY2014) that focus on improving the environmental performance of shale gas, tight oil, and tight gas resource development. This can be achieved by mitigating issues related to water usage and air emissions, and by developing technological solutions that enable effective resource recovery from fewer and less environmentally-impactful wells. This announcement is a critical component of the DOE portfolio to advance the environmentally-sound development of unconventional domestic natural gas and oil resources and it will support ongoing programmatic efforts to (1) improve our understanding of the nature and impacts of unconventional resource development, (2) develop improved technologies and engineering practices to ensure these resources are developed safely and with minimal environmental impact, and (3) increase supply of U.S. oil and gas resources in order to enhance national energy security and further reduce energy imports. Topic Areas of Interest: 1. Field Validation using Dedicated Research Well(s) and/or Wells of Opportunity, and 2. Prudent Shale Development. 

Total Program Funding: 25-35 Million

Environmentally-Prudent Unconventional Resource Development

DE-FOA-0001071 – Solar Market Pathways 

Application Issue Date: 04/17/2014
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 05/28/2014, 5:00pm EST
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 07/03/2014, 5:oopm EST

This funding opportunity seeks to support regional, state, tribal, and locally-driven efforts to develop multi-year solar deployment plans that will help provide business certainty and establish a clear path for the next five to ten years of solar deployment. Specifically, this FOA is intended to enable replicable multi-year strategies that spur significant solar deployment, drive down solar soft costs, support local economic development efforts, and address the potential challenges arising from increased solar penetration on the electrical grid. Awardees are expected to convene stakeholder processes to develop their plan, and subgroups could address specific topics such as the net benefits and costs of solar electricity (to and from the grid), and/or develop solar deployment programs including, but not limited to, commercial property assessed clean energy financing, shared solar, and/or incorporating solar within their emergency response plans. 


DE-FOA-0001006 – Water Power Manufacturing 

Application Issue Date: 04/10/2014
Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 05/09/2014
Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 06/24/2014

This FOA addresses the application of advanced materials and advanced manufacturing techniques to the development of new hydropower technologies.  With the significant
advancements realized over the last decade, Computer Aided Design (CAD) driven, additive manufacturing technologies can effectively push the performance and speed
the adoption of new hydropower technologies. Applicants should propose to design an integrated hydropower turbine generator system that applies advanced materials and/or additive manufacturing techniques and produce a prototype unit at an appropriate scale to enable in-water performance testing in a laboratory environment. The project should include design, in-water performance testing, Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) analysis that takes into account production scale manufacturing costs, as well as development of a manufacturing plan that estimates the material and process requirements for full-scale production of the design.  


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