ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/19/2019 05:00 PM ET
  DE-FOA-0002171 Performance-Based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, And Risk Management (PERFORM) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 10/28/2019 09:30 AM ET 2/7/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002174 Generating Electricity Managed By Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 11/13/2019 09:30 AM ET 2/24/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002212 Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy (BETHE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002220 Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/23/2019 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002221 Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage SBIR/STTR (FLECCS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/23/2019 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002166 Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019 (SCALEUP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/14/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002238 Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives (ASCEND) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002239 Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives SBIR/STTR (ASCEND SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002240 Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002241 Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency SBIR/STTR (REEACH SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002250 Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/19/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002251 Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management SBIR/STTR (SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/19/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  RFI-0000037 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000038 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Optimal Operations and Maintenance for Advanced Reactors Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000041 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000042 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High efficiency, high power density energy storage and conversion systems Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000043 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High power density electric motor systems Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000044 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000045 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Replacement Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002263 Request for Information (RFI) on Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas

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. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

B. Leveraging Innovations Supporting Nuclear Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

C. Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

D. Diagnostic Resource Teams to Support the Validation of Potentially Transformative Fusion-Energy Concepts
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 4/15/19

E. Quantification of Effectiveness of Nutrient Bioextraction by Seaweed
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/13/19

F: High Value Methane Pyrolysis
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/26/19

G: Reserved

H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/18/19

I: Electricity System Models for Carbon Capture Resources
OPEN - FA Deadline 9:30 AM ET 1/22/2020

This announcement describes a research thrust titled, "Electricity System Models for Carbon Capture Resources." The purpose of this announcement is to (1) solicit Full Applications for the development of modeling tools which can evaluate the value of fossil-fueled power plants with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology in future electricity grids under a range of scenarios and (2) provide a timetable for the submission of Full Applications. These tools will be used to analyze the value of various CCS technologies in an electricity grid with a large share of variable renewable energy (VRE) generators such as wind and solar power; they are not meant to be policy proscriptions or market predictions of any kind.


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:30 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:42 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:15 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/12/2019 03:10 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 04:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:07 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:00 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 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

Full Application

  • Technical Volume (Grant) Topic I (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:34 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • SF-424A (Grant) (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:37 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:28 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:30 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:35 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 9/4/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001954: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas 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. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

B. Leveraging Innovations Supporting Nuclear Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

C. Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

D. Reserved

E. Reserved

F: High Value Methane Pyrolysis
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/26/19

G: Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 10/8/19

H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/18/19


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:12 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:39 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 2/15/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 05:08 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:09 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 8/7/2019 03:14 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:11 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

  • Technical Volume Template_DE-FOA-0001954 (Last Updated: 2/8/2019 12:43 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:06 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 12/19/2019 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 9/4/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002171: Performance-Based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, And Risk Management (PERFORM)

Optimal utilization of all grid assets requires a fundamental shift in grid management rooted in an understanding of asset risk and system risk. ARPA-E seeks innovative management systems that (i) represent the relative delivery risk of each asset and (ii) balance the collective risk of all assets across the grid. A risk-driven paradigm will allow operators to fully understand the true likelihood of maintaining a supply-demand balance and system reliability; this is critical for all power systems and is essential for grids with high levels of stochastic resources.

Existing management practices were designed for a grid consisting of and fully reliant on conventional generation assets. Present operational and planning practices do not acknowledge or leverage the true capabilities and associated challenges of emerging assets. A risk-driven paradigm will allow emerging assets to be trusted and relied upon to provide the critical products and services necessary to maintain an efficient and reliable grid, thereby breaking the persistent reliance on conventional generation technologies.

Through the Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management (PERFORM) program, Applicants will propose methods to quantify and manage risk at the asset level and at the system level. At the asset level, ARPA-E envisions the design of a risk score or measure that clearly communicates the physical delivery risk of an asset’s offer, similar to the role a credit score plays in determining the creditworthiness of an individual. At the system level, ARPA-E envisions the design of grid management systems that endogenously capture uncertainty and evaluate and hedge the system risk position to meet or exceed a baseline system risk index. The anticipated outcome of PERFORM is a transformative and disruptive risk-driven grid management paradigm that optimally utilizes all assets (including emerging technologies) to reduce costs and improve reliability.

ARPA-E expects PERFORM awardees to build on existing practices and expertise from the finance, insurance, and actuarial science communities, which have a long history of defining, quantifying, and hedging risk. Applicants should pursue partnerships with these communities along with domain-specific experts (e.g., engineers, operations researchers, and market designers) to achieve technically relevant innovative solutions. PERFORM is targeting all power sectors: (i) bulk and distribution systems, (ii) centralized and decentralized paradigms, and (iii) vertically integrated utilities, markets, and peer-to-peer transactive energy systems.


Documents

  • PERFORM FOA Mod 03 (Last Updated: 1/8/2020 12:36 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • PERFORM CP FOA (Last Updated: 9/19/2019 11:55 AM ET)
  • PERFORM CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 10/22/2019 03:57 PM ET)
  • PERFORM FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:32 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

  • PERFORM - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 9/19/2019 11:55 AM ET)

Full Application

  • PERFORM - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:23 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:05 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:05 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:08 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:07 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:06 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:06 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:36 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 01:08 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: 10/28/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/7/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 3/19/2020 5:00 PM ET – 3/24/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002174: Generating Electricity Managed By Intelligent Nuclear Assets (GEMINA)

The aim of this ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change to the current state-of-the-art and improve advanced reactor (AR) designs with operations and maintenance (O&M) in mind. Advances in autonomous, efficient, and low-cost systems O&M are occurring in many industrial sectors, largely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), advanced data analytics, distributed computing, powerful physics simulation tools, and other technical breakthroughs. To date, little of this advancement has been adopted by the nuclear energy industry. There is a crucial need to design and execute extremely robust and low-cost operations and maintenance procedures for ARs.

Most analysts conclude that the low-carbon electricity grids of the future will be most easily and economically achieved by including firm low-carbon resources such as nuclear energy. However, existing light water nuclear power plants are facing the significant challenge of having comparatively high fixed O&M costs and new builds of large light water reactors (LWRs) have historically been drastically over schedule and budget in the U.S. and Western Europe. Advanced reactors offer a compelling solution option as they can provide enhanced flexibility, a range of power generation outputs, lower capital costs and shorter construction schedules, high temperatures for industrial heating use, and strong safety cases. For a decarbonized future, we need to ensure that AR construction and operating costs are competitive and the plants are flexible to operate.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E seeks interdisciplinary teams to develop digital twins (DTs), or a technology with similar capability, for an AR design as the foundation of the team’s O&M strategy. The digital twins (or equivalent) and associated O&M approaches the teams will develop will include diverse technologies that are driving efficiencies in other industries, such as AI, advanced control systems, predictive maintenance, and model-based fault detection. Because ARs are still in design phases, with no physical units operating, teams working on core operations will also develop cyber-physical systems (CPS) that simulate advanced reactor plant operating dynamics using a combination of non-nuclear experimental facilities (e.g., flow loops) and software. Teams will use these systems as the “real asset,” a surrogate upon which developers can test their DT platforms for operations and maintenance. CPS may also provide validation data for regimes for conditions with high uncertainty. Teams focusing on activities outside the reactor core are encouraged to identify appropriate test systems and data. ARPA-E will also support research for filling specific technical gaps to enable the O&M strategies. This program lays the basis for a future where ARs operate with a staffing plan and fixed O&M costs more akin to that of a combined cycle natural gas plant than that of the legacy LWR fleet.

Documents

  • GEMINA - DE-FOA-0002174 - FA FOA Mod 1 (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:05 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • GEMINA CP FOA (Last Updated: 10/2/2019 02:04 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

  • GEMINA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/2/2019 02:03 PM ET)

Full Application

  • GEMINA - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:30 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:30 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:36 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook 5 Year / SF-424A (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:37 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:41 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:45 PM ET)
  • Attachment 2 (Intellectual Property)-Large Businesses- No-Waiver (For Future Reference Only) (Last Updated: 1/10/2020 01:47 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: 11/13/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 2/24/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/3/2020 5:00 PM ET – 4/8/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002212: Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy (BETHE)

ARPA-E aims to support the development of timely, commercially viable fusion energy.[1] Based on numerous studies examining the cost challenges facing advanced nuclear energy,[2] which shares some attributes with fusion such as unit size, capital cost, and power-generation characteristics, ARPA-E believes that a commercial fusion power plant should target an overnight capital cost (OCC) of <US$2B and <$5/W.[3] If a grid-ready fusion demonstration can be realized within approximately twenty years while satisfying these cost metrics, then, as a firm low-carbon energy source, fusion can contribute to meeting global, growing low-carbon energy demand and cost-effective deep decarbonization[4] in the latter half of the century.

This program addresses the need to lower the costs of development and eventual deployment of commercial fusion energy by supporting R&D to increase the performance and number of credible, lower-cost fusion concepts. Full Applications are invited in the three research categories[5] described in Section I.D of the FOA. Criteria and metrics are described in Section I.E of the FOA. The technology-to-market (T2M) component of this program, via a number of planned activities at the project and program levels, aims to build and smooth the path to fusion commercialization to include public, private, and philanthropic partnerships.


[1] See agenda and posted materials from ARPA-E fusion workshop, Burlingame, CA, Aug. 13–14, 2019.

[2] e.g., The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World, An Interdisciplinary MIT Study, MIT Energy Initiative (2018).

[3] Assuming 10th-of-a-kind for the fusion-specific systems and nth-of-a-kind for the balance of plant.

[4] N. A. Sepulveda et al., “The Role of Firm Low-Carbon Electricity Resources in Deep Decarbonization of Power Generation,” Joule 2, 2403 (2018).

[5] At the recent ARPA-E fusion workshop (see footnote 2), a potential program covering both “lower-cost fusion concept development” and “fusion enabling technologies” was discussed (for the latter, see also ARPA-E Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002131, released May 6, 2019). Please note that this program, BETHE, covers the former but only a subset of the latter, as described in detail in Section I.D of the FOA. ARPA-E recognizes that serious development of fusion enabling technologies must be initiated as soon as possible to meet the objective of a grid-ready fusion demonstration in 20 years, and is exploring a potential, separate program focused on that topic.

Documents

  • BETHE FA FOA (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:16 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.

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Full Application

  • BETHE - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:51 PM ET)
  • Costing Spreadsheet - Category A only (except those specifically exempt) (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:51 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:49 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:53 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:54 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:56 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:57 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:58 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 06:58 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 1/7/2020 01:33 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 11/6/2019 07:00 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

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/24/2020 5:00 PM ET – 2/28/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002220: Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS)

The objective of the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program is to fund the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. This includes retrofits to existing power generators as well as greenfield systems with a carbon-containing fuel input and electricity as an output (i.e., a "black box" in which the nature of the fuel-to-electricity conversion process is not prescribed).

The value of such CCS technologies will be evaluated by their impact on the system LCOE of a net-zero carbon electricity grid, as determined by capacity expansion modeling. ARPA-E does not expect every CCS technology itself to be a net-zero carbon process; instead the cost and performance of each project selected under this FOA will be evaluated in the context of a net-zero carbon system which may include negative emission assets. Recent work suggests that a system LCOE of $75/MWh for a net-zero carbon electricity system is aggressive yet possible.

Documents

  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:22 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:08 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

  • FLECCS - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:09 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: 12/23/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002221: Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage SBIR/STTR (FLECCS)

The objective of the FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) program is to fund the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies that enable power generators to be responsive to grid conditions in a high variable renewable energy (VRE) penetration environment. This includes retrofits to existing power generators as well as greenfield systems with a carbon-containing fuel input and electricity as an output (i.e., a "black box" in which the nature of the fuel-to-electricity conversion process is not prescribed).

The value of such CCS technologies will be evaluated by their impact on the system LCOE of a net-zero carbon electricity grid, as determined by capacity expansion modeling. ARPA-E does not expect every CCS technology itself to be a net-zero carbon process; instead the cost and performance of each project selected under this FOA will be evaluated in the context of a net-zero carbon system which may include negative emission assets. Recent work suggests that a system LCOE of $75/MWh for a net-zero carbon electricity system is aggressive yet possible.

Documents

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:20 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:12 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

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:11 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: 12/23/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002166: Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019 (SCALEUP)

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) solicitation 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 FOA builds upon ARPA-E-funded technologies by scaling the most promising. Stranding 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 Preliminary Application FOA (Last Updated: 12/17/2019 03:23 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.

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Pre-Application

  • SCALEUP - Preliminary Application (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:54 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:18 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Statement of Work (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:54 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - SF-424A (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:23 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Business Assurances and Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:52 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances and Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:27 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Preliminary Application Submission Deadline: 2/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD
  • View Preliminary Application Reviewer Comments Period: 3/17/2020 5:00 PM ET – 3/23/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002238: Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives (ASCEND)

The Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) program supports the development of novel lightweight and ultra-efficient electric motors, drives[1], and associated thermal management system (collectively referred to as the all-electric powertrain) that will facilitate net-zero carbon emissions in the single-aisle, 150-200 passenger commercial aircraft segment. This FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in the development of enabling technologies for long-range (≥ 2,800 nautical miles), carbon neutral commercial aviation. The other part of the wider ARPA-E effort is included in a separate FOA targeting ultra-efficient and lightweight energy storage and fuel-to-electric power conversion system[2]. The overarching goal of the two FOAs is to reduce the emissions from commercial aviation by developing cost-competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon-neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs)[3] to delivered electric energy, which is then further converted to thrust via propulsors driven by electric motors and associated motor drives. The focus of the ASCEND program is the development of an all-electric powertrain as the prime mover for long-range, narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Current electric powertrains do not have high enough power density and efficiency to enable competitive and fully decarbonized aviation for the narrow-body class of aircraft.

The ASCEND program aims to take advantage of emerging materials, manufacturing techniques, and design topologies, with a focus on the co-design of electromagnetics, power electronics, and thermal management solutions. The ASCEND program requires demanding figures of merit for specific power (≥ 12 kW/kg) and efficiency (≥ 93%) for the fully integrated all‑electric powertrain systems; these targets, among others, are well beyond the capability of current state‑of‑the-art technologies and will require creative thinking and innovation in the electric motor and power electronics space.

The ASCEND program will incorporate two phases. Phase I calls for conceptual designs and computer simulations of motor, its drive, and their integration, as well as subsystem/component level demonstrations, as necessary, for the proposed key enabling technologies to support the design and simulated performance projections. Phase I will be 18 months long. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, projects that achieve technical success in Phase I may, at ARPA-E’s sole discretion, proceed to the second phase of the program to develop, fabricate, and test an integrated motor and drive developmental prototype (≥ 250 kW) comprised of an electric motor, its drive and associated thermal management system (TMS).

If successful, the ASCEND program will accelerate innovations and cause disruptive changes in the emerging electric aviation field, which is poised to play a significant role in the near- and long-term. The program will also further enhance the U.S. technology dominance in the field of high-performance electric motors for hybrid electric aviation and a full range of other industrial applications beyond aviation, such as electric vehicles, maritime technologies, wind turbines, and off-shore drilling.


[1] A drive is the electronic device that harnesses and controls the electrical energy sent to the motor, utilizing power electronics and associated control logic.  The drive can feed electricity into the motor in varying amounts and at varying frequencies, thereby enabling control of the motor's speed and torque.

[2] Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon Emission and High Efficiency (REEACH), DE-FOA-0002240 and DE-FOA-0002241.

[3] CNLFs are defined in REEACH as energydense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures (e.g. sustainable hydrocarbons and oxygenates).

Documents

  • ASCEND CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 02:47 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.

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Concept Paper

  • ASCEND Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 02:57 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: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002239: Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives SBIR/STTR (ASCEND SBIR/STTR)

The Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) program supports the development of novel lightweight and ultra-efficient electric motors, drives[1], and associated thermal management system (collectively referred to as the all-electric powertrain) that will facilitate net-zero carbon emissions in the single-aisle, 150-200 passenger commercial aircraft segment. This FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in the development of enabling technologies for long-range (≥ 2,800 nautical miles), carbon neutral commercial aviation. The other part of the wider ARPA-E effort is included in a separate FOA targeting ultra-efficient and lightweight energy storage and fuel-to-electric power conversion system[2]. The overarching goal of the two FOAs is to reduce the emissions from commercial aviation by developing cost-competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon-neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs)[3] to delivered electric energy, which is then further converted to thrust via propulsors driven by electric motors and associated motor drives. The focus of the ASCEND program is the development of an all-electric powertrain as the prime mover for long-range, narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Current electric powertrains do not have high enough power density and efficiency to enable competitive and fully decarbonized aviation for the narrow-body class of aircraft.

The ASCEND program aims to take advantage of emerging materials, manufacturing techniques, and design topologies, with a focus on the co-design of electromagnetics, power electronics, and thermal management solutions. The ASCEND program requires demanding figures of merit for specific power (≥ 12 kW/kg) and efficiency (≥ 93%) for the fully integrated all‑electric powertrain systems; these targets, among others, are well beyond the capability of current state‑of‑the-art technologies and will require creative thinking and innovation in the electric motor and power electronics space.

The ASCEND program will incorporate two phases. Phase I calls for conceptual designs and computer simulations of motor, its drive, and their integration, as well as subsystem/component level demonstrations, as necessary, for the proposed key enabling technologies to support the design and simulated performance projections. Phase I will be 18 months long. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, projects that achieve technical success in Phase I may, at ARPA-E’s sole discretion, proceed to the second phase of the program to develop, fabricate, and test an integrated motor and drive developmental prototype (≥ 250 kW) comprised of an electric motor, its drive and associated thermal management system (TMS).

If successful, the ASCEND program will accelerate innovations and cause disruptive changes in the emerging electric aviation field, which is poised to play a significant role in the near- and long-term. The program will also further enhance the U.S. technology dominance in the field of high-performance electric motors for hybrid electric aviation and a full range of other industrial applications beyond aviation, such as electric vehicles, maritime technologies, wind turbines, and off-shore drilling.


[1] A drive is the electronic device that harnesses and controls the electrical energy sent to the motor, utilizing power electronics and associated control logic. The drive can feed electricity into the motor in varying amounts and at varying frequencies, thereby enabling control of the motor's speed and torque.

[2] Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon Emission and High Efficiency (REEACH), DE-FOA-0002240 and DE-FOA-0002241.

[3] CNLFs are defined in REEACH as energydense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures (e.g. sustainable hydrocarbons and oxygenates).

Documents

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 12:20 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.

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Concept Paper

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:19 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: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002240: Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH)

ARPA-E seeks to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial air travel at minimum economic cost by developing elements of an ultra-high efficient aircraft propulsion system that uses Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs).[1] Since these fuels generally either have lower specific-energies (kWh/kg) or are projected to have higher cost than traditional fossil-based jet fuels, ultra-high conversion efficiency is critical for the economic viability of this approach. An electrified propulsion system framework postulated by ARPA-E (Fig. 1) could potentially leverage multiple sources of stored energy (e.g. CNLF, batteries, etc.) to facilitate emerging propulsion concepts (e.g. distributed propulsion) and enable net-zero carbon emissions for long range, narrow-body, commercial aircraft.

The objective of the Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program is the development of one element of the electrified propulsion system framework: a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense CNLFs (green block in Fig. 1) to electric power for aircraft propulsion and hotel loads. (The development of the all-electric powertrain depicted in Fig. 1 is the objective of a separate ARPA-E FOA.[2])


[1] CNLFs are defined in this FOA as energy dense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures.

[2] Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) FOA to be released by ARPA-E.

Documents

  • REEACH CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:33 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.

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Concept Paper

  • REEACH Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:36 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: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002241: Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency SBIR/STTR (REEACH SBIR/STTR)

ARPA-E seeks to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial air travel at minimum economic cost by developing elements of an ultra-high efficient aircraft propulsion system that uses Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs).[1] Since these fuels generally either have lower specific-energies (kWh/kg) or are projected to have higher cost than traditional fossil-based jet fuels, ultra-high conversion efficiency is critical for the economic viability of this approach. An electrified propulsion system framework postulated by ARPA-E (Fig. 1) could potentially leverage multiple sources of stored energy (e.g. CNLF, batteries, etc.) to facilitate emerging propulsion concepts (e.g. distributed propulsion) and enable net-zero carbon emissions for long range, narrow-body, commercial aircraft.

The objective of the Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program is the development of one element of the electrified propulsion system framework: a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense CNLFs (green block in Fig. 1) to electric power for aircraft propulsion and hotel loads. (The development of the all-electric powertrain depicted in Fig. 1 is the objective of a separate ARPA-E FOA.[2])


[1] CNLFs are defined in this FOA as energy dense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures.

[2] Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) FOA to be released by ARPA-E.

Documents

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:40 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.

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Concept Paper

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:44 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: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002250: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM)

The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%,[1] and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.

The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953,[2] aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production[3] and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.


[1] Assuming a 30% reduction in nitrogen inputs and nitrous oxide emissions for corn-grain ethanol and ~100 kg/acre/year increase in soil carbon across the projected 5 Quadrillion Btu capacity for terrestrial biofuel feedstocks.

[2] DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas, Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

[3] USDA Economic Research Service. Corn production costs and returns per planted acre, excluding Government payments. For the base survey of 2016, the U.S. average for net value of production less overhead and operating costs ranged from -$45 to -$75 per acre.

Documents

  • SMARTFARM CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:14 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.

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Concept Paper

  • SMARTFARM Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:15 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: 2/19/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002251: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management SBIR/STTR (SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR)

The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%,[1] and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.

The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953,[2] aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production[3] and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.


[1] Assuming a 30% reduction in nitrogen inputs and nitrous oxide emissions for corn-grain ethanol and ~100 kg/acre/year increase in soil carbon across the projected 5 Quadrillion Btu capacity for terrestrial biofuel feedstocks.

[2] DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas, Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

[3] USDA Economic Research Service. Corn production costs and returns per planted acre,excluding Government payments. For the base survey of 2016, the U.S. average for net value of production less overhead and operating costs ranged from -$45 to -$75 per acre.

Documents

  • SMARFARM SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 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.

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Concept Paper

  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 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 
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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/19/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

RFI-0000037: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Performance-based Energy Resource Feedback, Optimization, and Risk Management

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in September 2019 for technologies that will facilitate risk-driven electric grid management. ARPA-E is interested in approaches that quantify, evaluate, and mitigate risk in grid operations and planning for systems with increasing penetration levels of variable and uncertain resources (e.g., bulk wind, bulk solar, and distributed energy resources). Specifically, ARPA-E seeks solutions that are quantifiable, transparent, verifiable, and agreeable to all power sector participants to achieve widespread industry adoption of a transformative and disruptive operational paradigm shift. Within the context of this tentative program, risk is defined as the likelihood and associated impact of failing to serve electric power demand given the available portfolio of assets.

Existing grid management software and operational practices assume that the grid is primarily reliant upon bulk, conventional generation technologies whose performance is well understood. As regions pursue aggressive renewable portfolio standards and as emerging technologies become more cost competitive, management practices must evolve in order to efficiently and optimally utilize new asset types for energy, flexibility, and reliability services. In order to successfully transition to a clean and sustainable electric power system, risk-driven management practices are necessary to leverage all assets’ flexibility relative to their dependability.

ARPA-E intends to develop a framework for risk assessment on the grid, at both the asset and system level. Such a framework will allow clear and transparent comparison of asset performance and delivery risk to enable accurate assessment and management of system risk position and encourage innovative risk hedging strategies. ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in June 2019; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/performance-based-energy-resource-feedback-optimization-and-risk-management)

ARPA–E anticipates that this tentative program will have two main thrusts. Teams may choose to innovate in one or both thrusts.

  1. Quantification of risk and decision making under uncertainty practices at the asset level.
  2. Quantification of risk and decision making under uncertainty practices at the system level.

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) power systems, (ii) operations research, (iii) financial engineering, (iv) actuarial science, (v) economics, (vi) statistics, (vii) market design, (viii) data analytics, and (ix) computer science.

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 teams, with the ultimate goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of a new risk-driven operational and planning paradigm.

The 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 (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in August 2019. 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 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 September 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • PERFORM Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 8/9/2019 03:07 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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RFI-0000038: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: Optimal Operations and Maintenance for Advanced Reactors

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in September 2019 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop innovative technologies for the optimization of operations and maintenance (O&M) of advanced nuclear reactors.[1] 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 FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria and the FOA terms are controlling. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

Advances in autonomous, efficient, and low-cost operations and maintenance are happening in many industrial sectors, largely powered by artificial intelligence (AI), advanced data analytics, distributed computing, powerful physics simulation tools, and other breakthroughs. To date, little of this advancement has been adopted by the nuclear energy industry. There is a crucial need to design and execute extremely robust and low-cost operations and maintenance procedures (O&M) for advanced reactors (AR).[2] The aim of this ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change to the current state-of-the-art in operating nuclear reactor plants, and improve AR designs with O&M in mind. ARPA-E is interested in solutions focusing on operating and maintaining the reactor core, the balance of plant (BOP), or the entire reactor plant system (including both the reactor core and BOP).

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for interdisciplinary teams to develop digital twins (DTs),[3] or a technology with similar capability, for an AR design as the foundation of their O&M strategy. The digital twins (or equivalent) the teams will develop will include diverse technologies that are driving efficiencies in other industries, such as AI, advanced control systems, predictive maintenance, and model-based fault detection. Teams will use the DTs to assess, diagnose, and prescribe O&M activities and needs. Because ARs are still in design phases, with no physical units operating, teams working on core operations will also develop cyber-physical systems (CPS)[4] that simulate advanced reactor core operating dynamics using a combination of non-nuclear experimental facilities (e.g., flow loops) and software. Teams will use these systems as the “real asset,” a surrogate upon which developers can test their DT platforms for operations and maintenance. CPS may also provide validation data for regimes or conditions with high uncertainty. ARPA-E will also support research for filling specific technical gaps to enable the O&M strategies. This program lays the basis for a future where ARs operate with a staffing plan and fixed O&M costs more akin to that of a combined cycle natural gas plant than that of the legacy light-water reactor fleet.

Beyond providing lower fixed O&M costs, development of DTs for ARs has multiple other benefits. In particular, ARPA-E sees DT development contributing to the following areas: generating timely reactor design feedback, enhancing regulatory efficiency, de-risking market adoption challenges, informing new quality assurance standards, and laying the basis for future personnel training.

Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have two research categories.

Optimal operations and maintenance for ARs: teams will build a digital twin(s) for an advanced reactor system and use it to develop and test advanced O&M techniques and strategies.Targeted topics: Technical gaps may exist that prevent the O&M solutions developed in this program from being fully usable, such as a lack suitable data necessary for modeling or simulation, insufficient essential sensors, or inability to execute specific maintenance tasks. Progress toward sophisticated O&M may be accelerated through the development of smaller, more specific, and focused technology-oriented research programs to address these gaps.


In order to realize the goals of the proposed ARPA-E program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) artificial intelligence; (ii) industrial condition monitoring/asset performance management/predictive maintenance; (iii) advanced, autonomous control systems; (iv) multi-fidelity modeling and simulations; (v) robotics and remote maintenance systems; (vi) advanced reactor design; (vii) nuclear plant O&M activities; and (viii) harsh environment sensors and instrumentation.

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. 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, starting in September 2019.The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of new Teaming Partners who have provided the information.

Any organization that would like to be included on the Teaming Partner list should complete all required fields inthe 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 via email or 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 September 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000041: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: FLExible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in late October 2019 for carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technologies applied to fossil-fueled power generators, with a focus on the implications of changing patterns in the time-dependent value of electricity – as represented by a locational marginal price (LMP) – brought about by the increasing penetration of variable renewables such as wind and solar power. ARPA-E is interested in developing CCS technologies with cost and performance attributes that could enable a net-zero carbon electricity grid at a system levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) of $75/MWh. The technology focus would be to develop CCS processes that enable fossil-fueled power plants to be responsive to a grid with a large share of renewables; this includes retrofits to existing power plants as well as greenfield systems with a fossil fuel input and low-carbon electricity as an output (i.e. a “black box” in which the nature of the fuel-to-electricity conversion process is not prescribed).

Based on trends in the electricity grid, especially the falling cost of variable renewable generators and energy storage, ARPA-E expects that compelling process attributes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Lower CCS capital costs, even if that entails some increase in marginal cost including parasitic load (given general trends towards lower capacity factors for fossil fuel plants)
  • CCS processes that enable maximal power plant flexibility such as ramp rate, turndown, and startup and shutdown time
  • CCS systems that include additional processes that enable a power plant to shift the export of electricity to the grid, thereby allowing the power plant and CCS plant to operate under more steady-state conditions even when subjected to fluctuating LMPs. Examples include but are not limited to energy storage and hydrogen production; the latter would be constrained to a scale compatible with current combustion turbine and pipeline infrastructure
  • CCS processes that can cost-effectively achieve high CO2 capture rates from flue gas (e.g. greater than 90% removal) and/or vary their capture rate based on market conditions
  • Designs that increase the utilization of a point-source CCS process, such as integration with direct air capture (DAC) systems
  • Processes that are designed primarily to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, but can change modes to export electricity to the grid in times of high demand

ARPA-E anticipates a two-phased program. Phase I would focus on designing innovative CCS processes that maximize the net present value (NPV) of a fossil-fueled power generator with CCS across several carbon pricing scenarios (e.g. $100-300 per ton), given LMP price signals that reflect a grid with a deep penetration of renewables. These LMP signals would be provided as an input from ARPA-E.

Teams would develop steady-state and dynamic models of the power generator, CO2 capture plant, and CO2 compression system; validate those models; vary the process configuration and design and operational variables to optimize the NPV; and provide estimates for the capital cost, marginal cost, and fixed operations & maintenance costs. Teams would use LMP signals and carbon prices provided by ARPA-E and propose the dispatch of the power plant, thereby defining the capacity factor. Phase I would thus focus on process designs and computational modeling; experimental validation would be encouraged but not required.

At the end of Phase I, ARPA-E plans to hold an engineering design review with third-party reviewers to analyze the processes designed by awardees. In addition, ARPA-E intends to analyze the market potential of the proposed technologies with a capacity expansion modeling tool that estimates the build-out and utilization of each technology under a range of possible scenarios.

Based on the results of the capacity expansion modeling analysis and engineering design review, ARPA-E anticipates a Phase II that would build components, unit operations, and small systems to reduce the technical risk and cost associated with these CCS systems. Phase II projects would have a longer period of performance and larger budget than Phase I.

ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in July 2019; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/flexible-carbon-capture-workshop)

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful:

  • CCS technology development 
  • Innovative fuel-to-electricity conversion technologies that are inherently amenable to CCS
  • Process modeling of power plants, CO2 capture processes, and CO2 compression systems
  • System dynamics and controls
  • Engineering cost modeling of capital and operational costs
  • Advanced optimization techniques that allow for a wide range of process configurations and design and operational variables to be considered in a computationally-efficient manner
  • Processes that enable a power plant to shift output with minimal capital expense, such as energy storage or hydrogen production at a scale compatible with existing power plant and pipeline infrastructure
  • DAC systems that could be integrated with point-source CCS plants and/or export power to the grid

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists, engineers and innovators 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.

The 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 October 2019. 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 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 late October 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000042: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High efficiency, high power density energy storage and conversion systems

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in December, 2019 to support the development of novel energy conversion technologies with extremely high power density and conversion efficiency. The envisioned FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in developing high efficiency and power density systems that could enable electrified, low- or zero-emissions, long-range aviation. There is a separate and complementary announcement targeting high power density, efficient electric motors and power electronics (see link for separate teaming partner list for that program). The overarching goal of the set of proposed programs is to reduce emissions from and increase the efficiency of commercial aviation by developing cost competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs) to delivered electric energy, which is further converted to thrust using power electronics, electric motors and propulsors—the former being the specific focus of this thrust.

Current battery energy storage options for electric aviation technologies are expensive, have low energy density and can only support the power and energy requirements for short range, few passenger aircrafts. The proposed program approach of combining a relatively small high power density energy storage device to provide power for takeoff/climb with a high efficiency CNLFs conversion engine(s) (e.g., different types of fuel cells, advanced combustion engine such as gas turbines, reciprocating internal combustion engines, etc.) to provide cruise power. Charging the battery during the flight at the peak efficiency will further enable long distance all-electric, net zero carbon aviation. To achieve the intended goal, new cost- effective and energy-efficient technologies for conversion of sustainable fuels to electric power must be developed and successfully hybridized with commercial high power energy storage devices while running on a commercially viable, technically feasible CNLF (e.g. bio fuels, ethanol, etc.); this could enable long range zero-carbon aviation for a narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 family, at analogous missions, while ensuring commercial viability. This program will likely operate at the intersection of electrochemistry, catalysis, engine development, advanced combustion, materials development, chemical engineering, computational modeling and device integration. ARPA–E held a related workshop on fuel cell and engine hybridization technologies for ground transportation in December 2017; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/high-efficiency-hybrid-vehicles.

Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this program will have two major focus areas:

1. Hybrid energy storage and conversion system based on fuel cells

2. Hybrid energy storage and conversion system based on advanced combustion engines

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) fuel cells and electrocatalysis, (ii) heterogeneous catalysis, (iii) gas turbine and/or reciprocating internal engine combustion operating with alternative fuels, (iv) chemical engineering with emphasis on catalytic reactor design, (v) electrochemical cell and stack design and manufacturing, (vi) material chemistry including ion-conducting, sealing and multi-functional materials, (vii) process engineering, (viii) batteries and supercapacitors, (ix) system integration and scale up, etc.

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. 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, October 25, 2019. 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 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 December 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • High efficiency, high power density energy storage and conversion systems (Last Updated: 10/25/2019 12:16 PM ET)

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RFI-0000043: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: High power density electric motor systems

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in December, 2019 to support the development of novel high power density and efficiency electric motors and power electronics (electric powertrains). The envisioned FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in developing high efficiency and power density systems that could enable electrified, low- or zero-emissions, long-range aviation. There is a separate and complementary announcement targeting high power density, energy storage and conversion to power system (see link for separate teaming partner list for that program). The overarching goal of the set of proposed programs is to reduce emissions from and increase the efficiency of commercial aviation by developing cost competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon neutral liquid fuels to delivered electric energy, which is further converted to thrust using power electronics, electric motors and propulsors—the latter being the specific focus of this thrust.

Currently the electric powertrain machines suffer from low power densities and low overall efficiency that are necessary to enable a competitive and fully decarbonized aviation for a representative narrow-body class of aircraft. Furthermore, existing electric powertrains are not fully or optimally integrated systems, which lowers the system level performance.

The specific goal of the envisioned FOA is to develop novel and enabling electric powertrain technologies that benefit from novel design topologies, advanced thermal management and co-design of the thermal, electromagnetics, and power electronics as key enablers. Such powertrain technologies developed under the envisioned program will require specific power density, efficiency, voltage, and operational reliability metrics, among others, to enable long range zero-carbon aviation for a narrow-body aircraft, such as the Boeing 737 family, at analogous missions, while ensuring commercial viability.

ARPA–E held a workshop on electric powertrain for aviation in August 2019. Information on this workshop can be found here: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/electric-motors-aviation.

Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this potential FOA will have two major focus areas:

1. Development of high specific power density and efficiency electric motors that meet prescribed operational and reliability metrics.

2. Development of associated high specific power density and efficiency power electronics that can be integrated with the electric motor and deliver the system level operational and reliability metrics.

In order to realize the envisioned program goals, expertise in the following areas may be useful: (i) advanced materials and manufacturing, (ii) thermal management, (iii) electric machinery, (iv) electromagnetics, (v) power electronics, (vi) design optimization, (vii) system integration and scale up, (viii) testing at relevant operating conditions, (ix) and techno-economics and technology to market analysis, among others.

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. 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, October 25, 2019. 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. A separate and concurrent Teaming list will be posted for the energy storage and conversion portion of the broader zero-carbon aviation initiative.

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 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 December 2019, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000044: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E), concurrently with this Teaming Partner List Announcement, is issuing new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) DE‐FOA‐0002250 & DE-FOA-0002251 to deploy and demonstrate the functionality of technology solutions capable of producing effective quantification of (1) feedstock-related N2O emissions and/or (2) soil carbon storage at the field level. ARPA-E anticipates such quantification will require a “system of systems” to include, but not be limited to, in-field sensors, UAV and satellite imagery, agronomic data, and modeling/simulation tools. The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates.

U.S. agriculture has the potential to produce ~5 quads of energy in the form of biofuels, and with new innovations throughout the biofuel supply chain, these fuels could become carbon negative. Reaching this potential and achieving greater carbon reductions requires that feedstock producers adopt new technologies and management practices that simultaneously improve yield, drive down production associated emissions, and enhance carbon sequestration in soils. To facilitate the adoption of these new technologies and practices for improved carbon management, feedstock producers need incentives beyond yield. While carbon management incentive structures exist elsewhere in the biofuel supply chain, they do not extend to feedstock production because monitoring and verification of feedstock production emissions is too costly to conduct at the field level. Instead, all feedstock producers are assumed to produce the same amount of emissions— the national average —despite significant variations in actual emissions when moving to state or regional averages, let alone field-level estimates.

ARPA-E intends to provide financial support to teams proposing to deploy novel sensing systems for quantification of feedstock-related N2O emissions or soil carbon storage that meet the metrics specified in the FOAs. If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program are expected to catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%. A precursor to the SMARTFARM program is an ARPA-E effort -- described in Topic H of DE-FOA-0001953 -- which aims to fund the establishment of publicly available, high-resolution datasets to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. The sensor technologies developed under the SMARTFARM program will be subjected to rigorous testing in relevant deployment scenarios (> 80 acres), and the project teams funded under SMARTFARM will have the opportunity to partner with project teams funded under Topic H of DE-FOA-0001953 to deploy and validate the new sensor technologies. ARPA–E held a workshop on the anticipated SMARTFARM program in February 2018; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/energy-smart-farm-distributed-intelligence-networks-highly-variable-and-resource).

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 teams, with the ultimate goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of a new risk-driven operational and planning paradigm.

The 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 December 2019. 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, 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 Announcement does not constitute a FOA. Applicants must refer to DE‐FOA‐0002250 & DE-FOA-0002251 for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • SMARTFARM Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 12:01 PM ET)

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RFI-0000045: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Replacement Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Replacement Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR). The purpose of this announcement is to facilitate formation of diverse project teams to respond to REPAIR. ARPA-E invites interested parties to submit their information to the Teaming Partner List.

REPAIR addresses the high costs to replace cast iron, wrought iron, and bare steel natural gas distribution pipes. Gas utilities operate 60,000 miles of these older pipes. Excavating and replacing these pipes costs $1-10 million per mile. REPAIR will reduce costs by creating a new pipe inside the old pipe, using smart coatings to achieve a 50-year life. The FOA will target pipes with 10-inch and larger diameters.

Success requires several technology advances, including new pipe testing methods and models; advanced coatings; tools that can deposit coatings, inspect coatings, and map pipes; and 3-D data visualization and management software. There are two metrics for REPAIR: obtain regulatory approval for REPAIR processes, and rehabilitate pipes for $1 million per mile, including costs for gas service interruptions.

As outlined below, REPAIR has five tasks: one for test development and testing, and four to develop system components – coating materials, coating deposition tools, coating integrity/inspection tools, and pipe mapping tools. Applicants may respond to an individual task or multiple tasks. Applicants will need to address plans for integrating system components in tasks 2-5 into comprehensive solutions. ARPA-E encourages partnering across tasks, and forming teams with diverse skills, such as engineering, chemistry, material science, physics, and data processing/visualization, for all tasks.

Tasks 1 -Testing models/protocols/hardware

In order to confirm the required 50-year lifespan there is a need to define failure modes and establish the performance criteria for “coated pipe in a pipe” with cast iron and bare steel pipes. Modelling will be used to characterize failure modes, establish ranges of physical properties for Task 2 coatings, develop test methods, and design/build test hardware. Applicants will be responsible for testing 10-20 inch diameter coated pipes, and use results to develop correlations for failure mechanisms.

Task 2 - Structural coating materials

Legacy pipes will be rehabilitated by applying a structural coating to the inside of the pipe, forming a “coated pipe in a pipe.” Materials will be coated with a coating deposition tool discussed in Task 3, and inspected with an integrity/inspection tool discussed in Task 4. REPAIR will advance the state of gas distribution pipelines by incorporating “smart” (i.e. self-healing and self-reporting) features. Coating materials need to be compatible with pipeline operations. ARPA-E prefers materials that can be deposited without interrupting gas service.

Task 3 - Coating deposition tools

There are several techniques for depositing structural coatings, such as spraying, casting, and printing/additive manufacturing. The coating deposition tool will record operating parameters, quality control metrics, and material traceability by location, with location precision within 10 cm over its operating range. As an option, the coating tool could use in-pipe mapping tools discussed in Task 5. Critical issues include linear speed, deposition rate, uniformity of coating thickness, and impact on gas service during coating operations. Task 3 Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Task 2 Applicants to optimize deposition processes.

Task 4 - Pipe integrity/inspection tools

Integrity/inspection tools are needed to assess the legacy pipes prior to coating, and assess the coating after deposition. Ideally the same techniques and tools can be used for pre- and post-coating inspections, implying the inspection technique can “see” through the coating. Task 4 Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with Task 2 Applicants to screen and select the optimal inspection technique(s). The integrity tool needs to be able to record locations within 10 cm over its operating range. As an option, it could use in-pipe mapping tools discussed in Task 5. ARPA-E anticipates different inspection techniques and tools may be required for cast iron and bare steel pipes.

Task 5 - 3D mapping hardware, data management, and data visualization

Applicants for Task 5 will develop tools that create 3D maps of the rehabilitated gas mains, pipeline components, and adjacent underground infrastructure. Applicants can propose in-pipe or surface-based pipe mapping technologies, or a combination of technologies. These maps will also incorporate data from leak reports, integrity/inspection tools, and coating deposition tools. REPAIR processes (coating, inspections, mapping) will generate large data sets that need to be compatible with GIS-enabled enterprise systems used by gas utilities. Given the large data sets, real-time data visualization will be required to facilitate real-time decisions in the field as mapping, coating, and inspection processes are underway.

The ARPA-E workshop on REPAIR occurred October 2019; details are available at https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=events/rapid-encapsulation-pipelines-avoiding-intensive-replacement-workshop. Key stakeholders from technical areas of interest gathered to further define REPAIR’s problem statement and explore possible solutions. Based on feedback from the workshop, ARPA-E is hosting an Industry Day on January 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. The event will provide an opportunity to address contracting and technical questions of the RFI (to be released, along with a draft version of the FOA, ahead of the event), and promote formal and informal partnering discussions. ARPA-E recommends Applicants complete the Teaming Partners information prior to the Industry Day.

The 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, December 20, 2019. 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 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 late January 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • REPAIR Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2019 03:33 PM ET)

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DE-FOA-0002263: Request for Information (RFI) on Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR)

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 the suite of technologies required to rehabilitate cast iron, wrought iron, and bare steel natural gas distribution pipes by creating a new pipe inside the old pipe. The new pipe will meet utilities’ and regulatory agencies’ requirements, have a minimum life of 50 years, and have sufficient material properties to operate throughout its service life without reliance on the exterior pipe. ARPA‐E seeks input from experts in the fields of pipeline testing, advanced coating materials, biomimetic materials, smart materials (e.g., self-healing, or self-monitoring), robotic coating deposition tools, material inspection techniques, pipeline mapping tools, 3-D data visualization and data management, control and systems engineering, and gas pipeline operation; as well as service providers who replace, inspect, and locate natural gas utility pipelines.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES below and note in particular: 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 the possible formulation of future programs intended to help create transformative technology to rehabilitate cast iron, wrought iron, and bare steel natural gas distribution pipes by crafting new pipes inside pre-existing pipes. 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 rehabilitation of legacy natural gas pipelines.

This RFI previews only the draft technical section for a possible future program solicitation. If respondents are interested in other sections, including general format and requirements of an ARPA-E FOA, please visit https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/ . DE-FOA-0002212: Breakthroughs Enabling Thermonuclear-fusion Energy (BETHE) is a sample FOA to reference. A few common sections include but are not limited to:

  • III.A: Eligible Applicants (e.g. foreign entities)
  • III.B: Cost-Sharing
  • IV.C: Content and Form of full applications
  • VI.C: Reporting (e.g. cost)
  • VIII.B: Government Rights in Subject Inventions
  • VIII.C: Rights in Technical Data

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES:

A summary of RFI responses will be presented by Program Director Jack Lewnard on January 22, 2020 at ARPA-E’s REPAIR Industry Day. Individuals interested in attending Industry Day please indicate so in RFI response for more information.

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. Respondents shall not include any information in the 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 20,2020. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

Please insert “Responses for REPAIR” 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 5 pages in length (12 point font size).Respondents are strongly encouraged to include preliminary results, data, and figures that describe their potential methodologies.

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

1. The target pipeline diameter is 10 inches and larger.Please comment on ability to develop robotic coating deposition and inspection tools for smaller diameter pipes.

2. Task 1 identifies a preliminary list of testing for “pipe in pipe”.Please comment on the suitability of the list and other potential tests ARPA-E should include.

3. The legacy pipelines are made from cast/wrought iron, and bare (uncoated) steel.Please comment:

     a. on the ability of a single coating, or family of coatings to be suitable for both types of pipes

     b. on the ability of pipe inspection technologies to be suitable for both types of pipes

4. Component developers need to collaborate with system integrators to demonstrate integrated products.Advanced materials, robotics, and inspection tools must be tailored to work together.ARPA-E is recommending component developers and system integrators form teams to produce integrated systems.ARPA-E is interested in alternative approaches that will lead to the demonstration of integrated systems at the end of the program.For example, is it better to form teams at the start, so components are developed concurrently; or delay team formation to allow component developers maximum flexibility in optimizing their technologies?

5. Task 6 seeks to develop 3D maps that incorporate data from REPAIR processes as well as utility data such as leak reports.Utilities are increasing the use of GIS-enabled databases for managing operations data.Are there preferred platforms for data storage/management in order to integrate coating data, inspection data, and mapping data? Should the FOA specify data format(s)?

6. Any other issues, questions, or feedback regarding the draft FOA

Documents

  • RFI on Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) (Last Updated: 1/7/2020 09:49 AM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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