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ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0002784 Exploratory Topics Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/15/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002785 Exploratory Topics SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/15/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002641 SEEDING CRITICAL ADVANCES FOR LEADING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/20/2022 09:30 AM ET 4/27/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002760 Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/16/2022 09:30 AM ET 9/19/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002761 Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living SBIR/STTR (EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/16/2022 09:30 AM ET 9/19/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002851 Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems (COOLERCHIPS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 10/26/2022 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002852 Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems SBIR/STTR (COOLERCHIPS SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 10/26/2022 09:30 AM ET TBD
  RFI-0000063 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Data Center Cooling Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000064 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: New Program in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Field Testing Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000066 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: SEA CO2: Sensing Exports of Anthropogenic Carbon through Ocean Observation Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002874 Request for Information (RFI) on Enabling Technologies for Improving Fusion Power Plant Performance and Availability Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0002784: Exploratory Topics

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions 
OPEN - FA Deadline 9:30 AM ET 11/15/2022

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002784 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:10 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

  • Technical Volume Appendix A, LENR (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:27 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:28 PM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook (Last Updated: 11/8/2022 11:42 AM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Justification Workbook - Guidance (Last Updated: 11/7/2022 11:07 AM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:31 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:31 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:32 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:35 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:36 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/15/2022 9:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0002785: Exploratory Topics SBIR/STTR

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions 
OPEN - FA Deadline 9:30 AM ET 11/15/2022

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0002785 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:44 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Full Application

  • Technical Volume Appendix A, LENR SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 02:59 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:00 PM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook (Last Updated: 11/8/2022 11:43 AM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Justification Workbook - Guidance (Last Updated: 11/7/2022 11:08 AM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:15 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:16 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:16 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:16 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:17 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 9/12/2022 03:17 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/15/2022 9:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0002641: SEEDING CRITICAL ADVANCES FOR LEADING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL 2021 (SCALEUP 2021)

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Funding Opportunity Announcement provides a vital mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements ARPA-E’s primary R&D focus on early-stage transformational energy technologies that still require proof-of-concept.

ARPA-E’s mission is to develop transformational energy technologies in support of U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. ARPA-E funds the R&D of technologies to build and maintain U.S. technological leadership in highly competitive global energy markets, thus supporting American jobs and economic growth. ARPA-E’s authorizing statute directs the Agency to develop linkages between its sponsored applied research and the marketplace.[1] These linkages are central to realizing the public’s return on technology investments.

An enduring challenge to ARPA-E’s mission is that even technologies that achieve substantial technical advancement under ARPA-E support are at risk of being stranded in their development path once ARPA-E funding ends (averaging $2.5M over three years). ARPA-E-funded technologies typically face significant remaining technical risks upon completion of an award’s funding period. Experience across ARPA-E’s diverse energy portfolios, and with a wide range of investors, indicates that pre-commercial “scaling” projects are critical to establishing that performance and cost parameters can be met in practice for these very early-stage technologies. These pre-commercial scaling projects aim to translate the performance achieved at bench scale to commercially scalable versions of the technology, integrate the technology with broader systems, provide extended performance data, and validate the manufacturability and reliability of new energy technologies. (These projects are often termed “pre-pilot” development in different industries.) Success in these scaling projects would enable industry, investors, and partners to justify substantial commitments of financial resources, personnel, production facilities, and materials to develop promising ARPA-E technologies into early commercial products.

The SCALEUP 2021 FOA builds upon ARPA-E-funded technologies by scaling the most promising ARPA-E-funded technologies in their development pathways leaves substantial intellectual property developed with American taxpayer dollars vulnerable to adoption by foreign competitors, who can and do capture it for continued development – and economic benefit – overseas. This harms national competitiveness, as U.S. industries often lose the lead on the development, scaling, and manufacturing of technologies necessary to compete in rapidly evolving global energy markets. These scaling energy technology projects will meet ARPA-E’s statutory direction to achieve the above goals by “accelerating transformational technological advances in areas that industry by itself is not likely to undertake because of technical and financial uncertainty”.[2]

[1] 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(a-c)

[2] Id.

Documents

  • SCALEUP Full Application FOA (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 03:56 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SCALEUP Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2021 11:37 AM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

View Application Forms and Templates

Concept Paper

  • SCALEUP - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 12/14/2021 12:02 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SCALEUP 2021 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 4/1/2022 03:53 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP 2021 - Project Plan Workbook (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 05:35 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/1/2022 11:24 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:29 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:30 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:31 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/30/2022 10:40 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:37 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 06:04 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:33 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: 1/20/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/27/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/27/2022 5:00 PM ET – 6/2/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002760: Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL)

As the U.S. works to decarbonize the transportation sector and produce an increasing amount of “clean” (zero emission) electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) become logical alternatives to internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, to accelerate and/or broaden EV adoption, consumer-centric considerations need to be more thoroughly addressed, including cost, convenience, reliability, and safety. Although it is expected that EVs will continue to gain market share domestically, significantly more effort is required to address and remove key technology barriers to EV adoption among a greater percentage of the population. In response to these challenges, ARPA-E's Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program will focus on advancing next-generation battery technologies that have the potential to significantly improve affordability, convenience, reliability, and safety of EVs compared to those available today. If the EVs4ALL program can successfully achieve its primary objective, which is to increase domestic EV adoption through elimination of key battery detractors such as slow charge time, disappointing winter performance, concerns regarding resilience and high cost, it will directly impact three ARPA-E mission areas as follows:

i) 80% adoption of electrically powered passenger cars in the U.S. could reduce annual energy consumption by 4 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Quads), thereby improving the energy efficiency of the sector.

ii) 80% adoption of electrically powered cars could reduce overall CO2 emissions by 800 million tons/year, thereby reducing energy-related emissions.

iii) Solutions to i) and ii) may also target the utilization of “noncritical” battery materials in order to address supply chain risk and drive down cost, thereby reducing imports of critical metals and supporting ARPA-E’s energy independence mission.

Documents

  • EVs4ALL Full Application FOA (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 03:32 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • EVs4ALL_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002760 (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:04 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

View Application Forms and Templates

Concept Paper

  • EVs4ALL Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:07 PM ET)

Full Application

  • EVs4ALL Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:08 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:09 PM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:10 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:11 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:11 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: 6/16/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/19/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/28/2022 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002761: Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living SBIR/STTR (EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR)

As the U.S. works to decarbonize the transportation sector and produce an increasing amount of “clean” (zero emission) electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) become logical alternatives to internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, to accelerate and/or broaden EV adoption, consumer-centric considerations need to be more thoroughly addressed, including cost, convenience, reliability, and safety. Although it is expected that EVs will continue to gain market share domestically, significantly more effort is required to address and remove key technology barriers to EV adoption among a greater percentage of the population. In response to these challenges, ARPA-E's Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program will focus on advancing next-generation battery technologies that have the potential to significantly improve affordability, convenience, reliability, and safety of EVs compared to those available today. If the EVs4ALL program can successfully achieve its primary objective, which is to increase domestic EV adoption through elimination of key battery detractors such as slow charge time, disappointing winter performance, concerns regarding resilience and high cost, it will directly impact three ARPA-E mission areas as follows:

i) 80% adoption of electrically powered passenger cars in the U.S. could reduce annual energy consumption by 4 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Quads), thereby improving the energy efficiency of the sector.

ii) 80% adoption of electrically powered cars could reduce overall CO2 emissions by 800 million tons/year, thereby reducing energy-related emissions.

iii) Solutions to i) and ii) may also target the utilization of “noncritical” battery materials in order to address supply chain risk and drive down cost, thereby reducing imports of critical metals and supporting ARPA-E’s energy independence mission.

Documents

  • EVs4ALL SBIR STTR Full Application FOA (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 03:33 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • EVs4ALL SBIR STTR_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002761 (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:11 PM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

View Application Forms and Templates

Concept Paper

  • EVs4ALL SBIR STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:13 PM ET)

Full Application

  • EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:12 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:12 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:13 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:13 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:14 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:14 PM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:14 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:15 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:16 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: 6/16/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/19/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/28/2022 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002851: Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems (COOLERCHIPS)

Projects funded under the Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems (COOLERCHIPS) program will develop novel high performance, high reliability cooling systems for compute electronics. These cooling systems will enable a new class of power-dense computational systems, data centers, and modular EDGE systems that will be cooled using 5% or less of the IT load at any location in the United States at any time of the year.

The COOLERCHIPS program will support the leveraging of recent nascent advances in thermal management, coolant flow technology, materials, manufacturing, design, controls, and reliability engineering. Illustrative example areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New materials, surface treatments, thermal interface solutions, manufacturing methods and conduction methods for improving heat transfer from chipsets;
  • Advances in heat transfer to create and control 3D fluid structures with minimal thermal boundary layers;
  • Innovations in cooling system engineering for reliability that address severity, occurrence and detectability of potential component failures and novel ideas that include system level risk mitigation, health monitoring and controls; and
  • Novel modular data center or EDGE compute system designs that can operate high density compute systems at any time in any US location with highly efficient cooling systems.

The COOLERCHIPS FOA seeks to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to overcome the technology barriers for the development of high-performance cooling solutions that can simultaneously achieve the required system reliability and cost viability. Proposing teams should incorporate expertise in relevant compute servers, heat transfer, reliability, modeling, data center techno-economics, data center operation, and commercialization.


Documents

  • COOLERCHIPS Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 9/21/2022 11:34 AM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

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Concept Paper

  • COOLERCHIPS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 9/21/2022 11:48 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: 10/26/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002852: Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems SBIR/STTR (COOLERCHIPS SBIR/STTR)

Projects funded under the Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems (COOLERCHIPS) program will develop novel high performance, high reliability cooling systems for compute electronics. These cooling systems will enable a new class of power-dense computational systems, data centers, and modular EDGE systems that will be cooled using 5% or less of the IT load at any location in the United States at any time of the year.

The COOLERCHIPS program will support the leveraging of recent nascent advances in thermal management, coolant flow technology, materials, manufacturing, design, controls, and reliability engineering. Illustrative example areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • New materials, surface treatments, thermal interface solutions, manufacturing methods and conduction methods for improving heat transfer from chipsets;
  • Advances in heat transfer to create and control 3D fluid structures with minimal thermal boundary layers;
  • Innovations in cooling system engineering for reliability that address severity, occurrence and detectability of potential component failures and novel ideas that include system level risk mitigation, health monitoring and controls; and
  • Novel modular data center or EDGE compute system designs that can operate high density compute systems at any time in any US location with highly efficient cooling systems.

The COOLERCHIPS FOA seeks to encourage the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to overcome the technology barriers for the development of high-performance cooling solutions that can simultaneously achieve the required system reliability and cost viability. Proposing teams should incorporate expertise in relevant compute servers, heat transfer, reliability, modeling, data center techno-economics, data center operation, and commercialization.

Documents

  • COOLERCHIPS SBIR STTR Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 9/21/2022 11:34 AM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

View Application Forms and Templates

Concept Paper

  • COOLERCHIPS SBIR STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 9/21/2022 11:45 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: 10/26/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

RFI-0000063: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Data Center Cooling

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) is considering issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop transformational cooling systems for data centers. Data centers are estimated to consume around 3% of all generated electricity with up to 40% of that power used for cooling. Currently the cooling power and use of water for evaporation cooling used by data centers varies greatly depending on local climate.

ARPA-E seeks to dramatically increase the efficiency of cooling for current and future compute systems in data centers and edge computing systems by greatly lowering the thermal resistance between the chip and the coolant. This will allow heat rejection at a temperature much closer to the chip operating temperature, enabling cooling solutions with transformational lower energy usage that can operate efficiently at any location in the United States at any time of the year. This will have many benefits: increased cooling capacity to meet future high-powered computing demands, increased potential for waste heat recovery and reuse, reduced or eliminated water consumption for cooling of data centers, potential for increased chip efficiency, location independence, improved performance in hot humid climates, potential for a compact modular cooling system, and enabling current and future edge computing needs.

Integrating advanced cooling solutions in power dense electrical environment like data centers has traditionally been a challenge due to reliability concerns of the cooling system and components. Reliability of complex systems has been achieved in other technical areas such as aerospace, automotive and renewable energy platforms through dedicated system engineering approaches and reliability and controls network modeling. ARPA-E would be interested to explore advanced integrations of electronics and cooling systems that can reach high levels of reliability and performance.

To achieve these goals ARPA-E is considering a potential program to develop disruptive cooling technologies that would consume less than 5% of data center power in any geographic location at any time of the year for a very high power density compute system. In addition, these technologies would be required to demonstrate the potential to be highly reliable as a system to allow data centers to maintain industry standard uptime levels. These technologies will also need to be cost competitive, environmentally friendly, and are encouraged to minimize or eliminate the need for water consumption for cooling. ARPA–E held a virtual workshop on this topic entitled “Cooling Compute Systems Efficiently, Anytime, Anywhere” on December 13 and 14, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found here: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/cooling-compute-systems-efficiently-anytime-anywhere-workshop.

In pursuit of this objective, the potential program envisions four different research tracks, each with specific scope of research and development, and metrics. One of the tracks will focus specifically on the component development for secondary cooling loop that transfers heat from the chips and electronics in the data hall to the facility. A second track will focus on technology and system development that encompasses both the secondary loop and the primary loop that transfers heat from the facility water to the environment, with an emphasis on novel modular data centers.

Two other tracks will be support tracks, with one focusing on development of a modelling capability that can assess impact at the datacenter center level, and allow future operators and data center designers to analyze and design for cooling system reliability, energy consumption, carbon footprint and total cost of ownership, while the other support track is intended to focus on facilities for testing the new technologies developed under the first two tracks.

Historically, the industry has been operating in a siloed approach. ARPA-e seeks new and transformative solutions that can only be achieved by interdisciplinary teaming. Expertise in the following technical areas may be useful in responding to the potential FOA: heat transfer, fluid mechanics, material science, electronics cooling, reliability engineering, control theory, chemical engineering, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, environmental engineering, cost analysis, industrial engineering, architecture, bio-heat transfer, expertise in data center operation, design and ownership.

As a general matter, ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new 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 (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in May 2022. 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 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 by August 2022, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Update as of 09/22/2022: The FOAs associated with this Teaming Partner List can be found at https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId14cbba61-e007-42b7-8cef-3724d1e66387 and https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaIdfab12a1e-cf62-4097-81fa-fbedf0447e6a.

Documents

  • New Program In Data Center Cooling (Last Updated: 5/16/2022 08:19 AM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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RFI-0000064: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: New Program in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Field Testing

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is considering issuing a new Exploratory Topic under Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) DE‐ FOA‐0002784 and DE‐FOA‐0002785 to develop standardized evaluation(s) of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) efficiency technologies in support of projects supported under the ARPA-E NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road-vehicles (NEXTCAR) Program.

The ARPA-E NEXTCAR Program has funded the development of new and emerging vehicle dynamic and powertrain (VD&PT) control technologies that can reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles through the use of connectivity and vehicle automation. Vehicle energy improvement technologies include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to full vehicle dynamic control, powertrain control, improved vehicle and powertrain operation through the automation of vehicle dynamics control functions, and improved control and optimization facilitated by connectivity. Phase II of the Program launched in 2021 and is funding a subset of the technologies developed in Phase I to improve the energy efficiency of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) evels 4 and 5 CAVs by 30%. These improvements will reduce the energy consumed by future individual vehicles undergoing automated operation, either in isolation or in cooperation with other vehicles. More information on the ARPA-E NEXTCAR program itself may be found here and details of the Phase II projects are available here.

To demonstrate and quantify these energy savings, innovation will be required to evaluate efficiency in the automated vehicle space and assign value to those savings for evaluation of the viability of these technologies for integration into the future CAV fleet. If issued, this Exploratory Topic will likely consist of two complementary tasks.

(1) CAV Testing Facility: Focused on developing the infrastructure needs and requirements to evaluate the energy efficiency of CAV technologies under development in normal driving conditions in a controlled environment.

(2) Real-World Driving Scenarios: Focused on developing driving routes utilizing augmented reality, which are representative of real-world driving scenarios, as well as maneuvers and conditions occurring on these routes to accurately assess and quantify the energy and emissions benefits of NEXTCAR Phase II technologies.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary 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. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with these project teams, with the goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of the innovative technologies these projects teams develop.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E Exchange (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in May 2022. Once posted, 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 the Teaming Partner 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 Announcement, respondents 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 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 by any means other than via the link provided above will not be considered.

This Announcement does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final Exploratory Topic, expected to be issued in June 2022 under the FOAs noted at the beginning of this Teaming Partner List, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • NEXTCAR Exploratory Topic Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 5/20/2022 04:50 PM ET)

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RFI-0000066: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: SEA CO2: Sensing Exports of Anthropogenic Carbon through Ocean Observation

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that seeks to enable the accurate, spatially scaled and temporally persistent measurement and validation of marine Carbon Dioxide Removal (mCDR) techniques (which includes “direct ocean capture” or “DOC”), in which CO2 is captured from the atmosphere and surface oceans before sequestration at depth. While direct air capture (or “DAC”) approaches can be validated easily through direct measurement of CO2 collected, the same cannot be said for mCDR techniques, which may involve complex reactions over a very large surface or volume of the ocean over comparatively long periods of time, during which a fraction of the carbon drawn down may be re-emitted to the atmosphere. The envisioned program aims to vastly expand our ability to measure carbon flux parameters in the ocean, enabling comprehensive Measurement, Reporting and Validation (MRV) of mCDR and the creation of a data-driven, model-based marine carbon accounting framework. This program effort would consist of a primary technical area focused on new sensor development and a supporting technical area focused on the development of targeted regional-scale marine CDR models and accompanying carbon accounting processes. Scalable, cost-effective technologies that perform MRV for various mCDR approaches are a critical need in this highly active space where claims of efficacy and permanence cannot yet be rigorously substantiated. Such technologies could also ensure that the quantity and quality of removals are correctly valued in carbon markets and support any economic incentive to accelerate the adoption of mCDR to remove historic emissions. Validation of sequestered carbon will promote the commercialization of mCDR techniques that are most effective and energy efficient in carbon removal rather than those that are merely easiest to implement but may not actually be as effective or may be so energy intensive themselves that they result in poor overall net lifetime carbon removal.

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ARPA–E held a workshop on these topics on June 15-16, 2022. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/marine-carbon-sensing-workshop). The component information remains consistent, but the scope and structure of the program have been updated from that presented in the workshop slides.

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 (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting November 18, 2022. 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 2023, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


Documents

  • Marine Carbon Sensing Teaming List Announcement (Last Updated: 11/18/2022 02:25 PM ET)

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Teaming Partners

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DE-FOA-0002874: Request for Information (RFI) on Enabling Technologies for Improving Fusion Power Plant Performance and Availability

Fusion energy has the potential to provide a safe, abundant, firm, zero-carbon-emitting source of primary energy, electricity, and heat. In order to achieve its potential and meaningfully contribute to the target of global net-zero emissions, fusion must demonstrate competitive economics on a short timeline. Therefore, there is an urgent need to provide a technological pathway to economical fusion power plants (FPP).

This RFI seeks broad input on two overarching themes: (A) Improving fusion power plant performance and (B) Increasing fusion power plant availability. While power plant performance and availability are intertwined in determining the cost of electricity, theme (A) includes technologies targeting the efficiency of plasma heating schemes, and advanced laser driver technologies, as well as economic and high-gain targets for inertial fusion energy (IFE). Theme (B) focuses on “designer” materials for plasma-facing and structural components. Candidate materials (solid and self-healing) should include, but not be limited to, the following features: minimized half-lives of materials, reduced dust formation, minimized fuel retention (e.g., hydrogen), minimized displacement per atom due to neutron irradiations, and high heat resistance (> 600 °C). Specifically, this RFI focuses on three technology areas for developing this pathway towards economically competitive fusion energy. The areas are:

  • Efficient and low-cost drivers for plasma heating and assembly
  • Novel first-wall and structural materials
  • Low-cost, high-performance targets for inertial fusion energy (IFE)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the US Department of Energy seeks information that could inform ARPA-E's potential research and development (R&D) funding for these three areas.

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.

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 11/28/2022.

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Submission Deadlines

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