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  RFI-0000035 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002049 Request for Information (RFI) on Potential New Program for Control Co-Design (CCD) of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT) Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD
  DE-FOA-0001979 BUILDING RELIABLE ELECTRONICS TO ACHIEVE KILOVOLT EFFECTIVE RATINGS SAFELY (BREAKERS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/13/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001970 High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/12/2018 09:30 AM ET 12/11/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001972 High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) (SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/12/2018 09:30 AM ET 12/11/2018 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001858 OPEN 2018 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/16/2018 09:30 AM ET 7/2/2018 09:30 AM ET

RFI-0000035: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that would seek to develop new technical pathways for the design of economically competitive Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWTs). The program envisions leveraging the Control Co-Design (CCD) methodology, which brings together engineering disciplines to work concurrently, as opposed to sequentially, and considers dynamic control aspects from the beginning of the design. By analyzing the numerous dynamic sub-system interactions of the FOWTs, the CCD methodology can identify control solutions for optimal designs that are not achievable otherwise. Projects in this program are envisioned in three fundamental areas: (1) radically new FOWT designs with significantly lower mass/kW, (2) a new generation of computer tools to control co-design the FOWTs, and (3) real-data from full and lab-scale experiments to validate the FOWT designs and computer tools.

State of the art FOWT technology has achieved an average LCOE of approximately $0.15-0.18/kWh, which it is still too high in comparison to the current $0.03-0.05/kWh for land-based wind turbine technologies.[1] High capital expenditures (CAPEX) are the key driver of the LCOE of a FOWT. A significant portion of these CAPEX is the cost of the steel that existing floating platforms incorporate. Floating platforms are designed to be large and heavy in an effort to (a) imitate the onshore wind turbine dynamics, (b) keep the system as stable as possible and (c) maximize system survivability during events such as large sea storms. Internal ARPA-E analysis shows that the cost of steel accounts for between 50% and 70% of the overall CAPEX for existing FOWT designs. Consequently, this envisioned program seeks to support the design of radically new FOWTs that maximize the insufficient specific power per unit of mass (W/kg), while maintaining, or ideally increasing, the turbine generation efficiency.

The technologies that will be developed under this FOA could lead to substantial technical advancements in fields of significance to U.S. national interests. If successful, this program will create a pathway towards FOWTs that are economically competitive. This would open up access to an untapped and bountiful source of U.S. energy[2], and a vast associated supply chain market.

More details on the envisioned program can be found in a recently released RFI, which contains a draft of the technical section of the FOA and provides instructions for readers to provide feedback to ARPA-E. Additionally, in support of this RFI and draft technical section, ARPA-E plans to organize a one day “Industry Day” on January 15th, 2019. The primary purpose of the industry day will be to evaluate and strengthen the draft technical section prior to release of the FOA. Participants will lend their technical expertise to suggest any necessary refinements to the draft technical section.

In order to realize the envisioned program goals, ARPA‐E aims to bring together diverse engineering and scientific communities. These communities include, but are not limited to control and systems engineering, co-design, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, electrical and mechanical systems, power electronics, electrical generators, structural engineering, naval engineering, modeling, optimization, economics, multi-scale and multi-physics computer algorithms, parallel computing, distributed sensors, intelligent signal processing and actuator networks; as well as developers of offshore wind energy systems and electrical utilities.

As a general matter, ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form project teams. Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting December 03, 2018. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should complete all required fields in the following link: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response to this Notice, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify themselves for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in February 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

[1] Stehly, T., Beiter, P., Heimiller, D., Scott, G. (2018). 2017 Cost of Wind Energy Review. National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Technical Report NREL/TP-6A20-72167.

[2] Estimate that the gross offshore wind resource in the U.S is over 151 quads/yr (“gross potential”). This number is still as large as ~25 quads/yr even once losses and conservative assumptions about what would be feasible to recover given technical, legal, regulatory and social inhibiting factors are incorporated. Fifty-eight percent of this “technical potential” lies in waters deeper than 60 m, accounting for ~14 quads/yr, which exceeds the entire U.S. annual electricity consumption in 2017 (13 quads/yr).

Documents

  • Teaming_Partner_List_Control_Co-Design_(CCD)_of_Floating_Offshore_Wind_Turbines_(FOWT) (Last Updated: 12/3/2018 04:10 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.

DE-FOA-0002049: Request for Information (RFI) on Potential New Program for Control Co-Design (CCD) of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT)

Objective:

The Advanced Research Projects Agency –Energy (ARPA-E) in the U.S. Department of Energy is seeking comments on a draft technical section for a possible future program solicitation, which focuses on Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines. In particular, the draft technical section is appended hereto as Attachment A. ARPA-E seeks input from experts in the fields of control and systems engineering, co-design, aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, electrical and mechanical systems, power electronics, electrical generators, structural engineering, naval engineering, modeling, optimization, economics, multi-scale and multi-physics computer algorithms, parallel computing, distributed sensors, intelligent signal processing and actuator networks; as well as developers of offshore wind energy systems and electrical utilities.

All of the information in this RFI and Attachment A is subject to change. Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES below. Please note, in particular, that the information you provide will be used by ARPA-E solely for program planning, without attribution. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME. Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Purpose and Need for Information:

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration, to inform preparation of the draft technical section of a possible future program solicitation prior to its release. ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broad research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions regarding the draft technical section in Attachment A.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES:

No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. [Note: Responses to this RFI may be subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.] Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on January 8th, 2019. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Please insert “Comments on Draft CCD FOWT Technical Section”” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, title, organization, type of organization (e.g. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO), etc.), email address, telephone number, and area of expertise in the body of your email.
  • Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 3 pages in length (12 point font size).

Questions: ARPA-E encourages responses that address any subset of the following questions, and encourages the inclusion of references to important supplementary information.

  • The draft Technical Section proposes three fundamental areas (see Section C.4). The first area (C.4.1. New Designs) enumerates a list of examples (cases 1 to 5) where CCD techniques can enable cheaper FOWTs. Please expand these cases and provide additional examples.
  • The second area (C.4.2. Computer Tools) details a list of elements (e1 to e10) that are critical for a new generation of computer tools. Please prioritize these elements and provide additional ones.
  • The third area (C.4.3. Experiments) describes some key components to collect real data from FOWT. Please provide additional information or critical ideas in this area.
  • Section D introduces a new metric space to evaluate the new FOWT designs. The second metric (M2) of this space depends on three factors: a material factor ft, a manufacturing factor fm and an installation factor fi. Table 3 suggests some values for the material factors, ft. Please analyze these values and provide new ones if necessary. Also, should some additional materials be included? If this is the case, please provide the corresponding material factors. 
  • Simultaneously, Table 4 suggests some values for the manufacturing and installation factors, fm and fi. Please analyze these values and provide new ones if necessary. 
  • Section D.3 proposes a list of conditions (a to h) to validate each new FOWT design. Please analyze these conditions and provide additional ones if necessary.
  • Section C.2 describes three CCD techniques. Please expand these proposed techniques and provide some additional methodologies.
  • Section C.1 emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of the program, with the concurrent control engineering aspects of the control co-design approach. Also, Section E.2 describes the program and project interactions needed to develop a successful CCD approach. Please analyze the aspects (a) to (e) described in the Section (e.g., IP issues, etc.), identify potential hurdles (collaboration challenges, etc.), propose solutions, and suggest how ARPA-E can facilitate these team and multi-team collaborations.

Documents

  • RFI on Control Co-Design of Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (Last Updated: 12/3/2018 01:38 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001979: BUILDING RELIABLE ELECTRONICS TO ACHIEVE KILOVOLT EFFECTIVE RATINGS SAFELY (BREAKERS)

Alternating current (AC) electric power has dominated the transmission and distribution system in the U.S for over a century. However, direct current (DC) electric power offers several benefits over AC, reducing system power losses due to improved electrical conductivity utilizing fewer power cables with higher power carrying capacity. In addition, wind and solar PV generators, energy storage, electric transportation, and consumer devices all utilize DC power. Because of this evolving power landscape, estimates show that DC loads currently make up over 50% of total electricity consumption in the United States.

Recent advances in semiconductor-based power electronics (e.g., Wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors), Voltage Source Converters (VSCs), DC to DC Converters, and Gas Discharge Tubes, have created an opportunity for greater utilization of DC in distribution and transmission. However, safety and protection mechanisms required to mitigate potentially damaging faults, especially at the medium voltage DC (MVDC) level, represent a significant technology gap. This program seeks to support the advancement of MVDC circuit breaker technologies with a focus on system level integration by overcoming major adoption barriers. Transition from AC to DC will support growth in renewable energy, transportation electrification, and distributed energy resources (DERs) as well as mature industries such as subsea oil and gas exploration.

Documents

  • BREAKERS FOA Document - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 10/11/2018 03:13 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • BREAKERS FOA Document (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:01 AM ET)
  • BREAKERS FOA Document - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 9/26/2018 03:50 PM ET)

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 Template Application Documents

Full Application

  • BREAKERS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:20 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:21 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:23 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:24 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:26 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:27 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:28 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:31 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 9/11/2018 10:32 AM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 10/12/2018 11:16 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/13/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 12/14/2018 5:00 PM ET – 12/19/2018 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001970: High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP)

The HITEMMP (High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes) program will develop novel approaches and technologies for design topologies, materials, and manufacturing of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers. These heat exchangers will enable efficient and power dense power generation cycles for applications in transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors. If successful, the materials and manufacturing advances from the HITEMMP program may also yield broader benefits in other operating regimes, and in applications beyond heat exchangers and power cycles.

The HITEMMP program targets heat exchangers to operate in environments where temperatures and pressures are simultaneously in excess of 800°C and 80 bar, with operating lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours. These heat exchangers must offer superior thermal performance and low pumping power requirements, and must also be cost competitive and durable (per metrics prescribed in Section I.D of the FOA). These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability. Specific developments include:

  • The identification and development of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties;
  • Advances in additive and/or subtractive manufacturing techniques to enable the cost-effective realization of small structural feature sizes, smooth surface finishes, and other enabling heat exchanger characteristics; and
  • The refinement and application of advanced design methodologies to leverage new material capabilities while incorporating manufacturing constraints.

ARPA-E has issued this FOA to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to work to overcome the materials, design, and manufacturing technology barriers that have thus far prevented the realization of catalyzing the development of the desired extreme environment heat exchanger capability. ARPA-E has identified two categories of recuperator-type heat exchangers (> 800°C and > 1100°C, corresponding to metallic and to ceramic/composite materials sets, respectively) as challenge problems.

Each category has performance metrics, as described in Section I.D of this FOA. Applicants are expected to select one of the two categories. In each category, ARPA-E anticipates that teams will initially execute an analytical/computational design effort, will reduce key risks through small-scale heat exchanger module experiments, and will demonstrate a heat exchanger with the desired performance and durability at 50 kW thermal (kWth) scale.

Documents

  • HITEMMP - Full Application FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 04:25 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • HITEMMP - Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:05 AM ET)

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 Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • HITEMMP - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:10 AM ET)

Full Application

  • HITEMMP - - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 11/16/2018 09:40 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:08 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:09 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:10 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:10 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:10 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:32 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:11 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/12/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/11/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 1/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 2/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001972: High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes (HITEMMP) (SBIR/STTR)

The HITEMMP (High Intensity Thermal Exchange through Materials, and Manufacturing Processes) program will develop novel approaches and technologies for design topologies, materials, and manufacturing of high temperature, high pressure, and highly compact heat exchangers. These heat exchangers will enable efficient and power dense power generation cycles for applications in transportation, electricity generation, and industrial sectors. If successful, the materials and manufacturing advances from the HITEMMP program may also yield broader benefits in other operating regimes, and in applications beyond heat exchangers and power cycles.

The HITEMMP program targets heat exchangers to operate in environments where temperatures and pressures are simultaneously in excess of 800°C and 80 bar, with operating lifetimes of tens of thousands of hours. These heat exchangers must offer superior thermal performance and low pumping power requirements, and must also be cost competitive and durable (per metrics prescribed in Section I.D of the FOA). These performance goals are beyond the capability of any existing technologies, but ARPA-E believes that recent advances in materials, topological design methodologies, and manufacturing technologies can be leveraged to realize the desired extreme-environment heat exchanger capability. Specific developments include:

  • The identification and development of materials capable of withstanding extreme temperature and pressure conditions while featuring attractive thermo-mechanical and manufacturability properties;
  • Advances in additive and/or subtractive manufacturing techniques to enable the cost-effective realization of small structural feature sizes, smooth surface finishes, and other enabling heat exchanger characteristics; and
  • The refinement and application of advanced design methodologies to leverage new material capabilities while incorporating manufacturing constraints.

ARPA-E has issued this FOA to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to work to overcome the materials, design, and manufacturing technology barriers that have thus far prevented the realization of catalyzing the development of the desired extreme environment heat exchanger capability. ARPA-E has identified two categories of recuperator-type heat exchangers (> 800°C and > 1100°C, corresponding to metallic and to ceramic/composite materials sets, respectively) as challenge problems.

Each category has performance metrics, as described in Section I.D of this FOA. Applicants are expected to select one of the two categories. In each category, ARPA-E anticipates that teams will initially execute an analytical/computational design effort, will reduce key risks through small-scale heat exchanger module experiments, and will demonstrate a heat exchanger with the desired performance and durability at 50 kW thermal (kWth) scale.

Documents

  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Full Application FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 04:27 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:22 AM ET)

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 Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • HITEMMP SBIR - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 8/9/2018 10:22 AM ET)

Full Application

  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:37 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:37 PM ET)
  • HITEMMP SBIR/STTR - Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:39 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:39 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:41 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:48 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:41 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 10/25/2018 05:42 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/12/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/11/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 1/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 2/1/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018

This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and 2015. OPEN 2018 therefore continues the three-year periodic cycle for ARPA-E OPEN solicitations. An OPEN solicitation provides a vitally important mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements the other primary mechanism, which is through the solicitation of research projects in focused technology programs.

ARPA-E’s focused programs target specific areas of technology that the agency has identified, through extensive interaction with the appropriate external stakeholders, as having significant potential impact on one or more of the Mission Areas described in Section I.A of the FOA. Awards made in response to the solicitation for focused programs support the aggressive technical targets established in that solicitation. Taken in total, ARPA-E’s focused technology programs cover a significant portion of the spectrum of energy technologies and applications.

ARPA-E’s OPEN FOAs ensure that the agency does not miss opportunities to support innovative energy R&D that falls outside of the topics of the focused technology programs or that develop after focused solicitations have closed. OPEN FOAs provide the agency with a remarkable sampling of new and emerging opportunities across the complete spectrum of energy applications and allow the agency to “take the pulse” of the energy R&D community. OPEN FOAs have been and will continue to be the perfect complement to the agency’s focused technology programs – a unique combination of approaches for supporting the most innovative and current energy technology R&D. Indeed, one third of the sixty projects featured in the first two volumes describing ARPA-E impacts stem from OPEN solicitations (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/arpa-e-impact). Potential applicants to this FOA are strongly encouraged to examine the OPEN projects in these two volumes and all of the projects supported in the previous three OPEN solicitations (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/open) for examples of the creative and innovative R&D ARPA-E seeks in its OPEN solicitations.

Webinar: In this Webinar, an ARPA-E Program Director provides an overview of OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices: Webinar - OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices


Documents

  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Full Application_Mod 03 (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 10:06 AM ET)
  • ARPA-E OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 10:05 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 12/12/2017 03:33 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper_Mod 01 (Last Updated: 1/19/2018 04:44 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper_Mod 02 (Last Updated: 2/13/2018 04:25 PM ET)

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 Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • OPEN 2018 - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/19/2018 04:44 PM ET)

Full Application

  • OPEN2018 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:36 AM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:38 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:37 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/16/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/2/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Reviewer Comments Period: 8/21/2018 5:00 PM ET – 8/24/2018 5:00 PM ET