Funding Opportunity Announcements

DE-FOA-0001002: OPEN INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (OPEN IDEAS)

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

This announcement is purposely broad in scope to encourage the submission of the most innovative, out-of-the-box ideas in energy technology. Since the first law of thermodynamics states that energy is always conserved, i.e. it can never be created or destroyed, our principal concern is with the conversion of energy into useful energy or maximizing usable energy (exergy). Useful energy can take many forms including: radiant energy from lights, electrical energy for appliances, thermal energy to heat homes, mechanical energy for transportation, chemical energy in the form of food, and energy used to make products. From the second law of thermodynamics, the entropy of a system cannot decrease when converting energy from one form to another (ΔS ≥ 0), the end effect being that all useful energy humans consume ultimately results in the production of heat that is radiated into space, except for a few exceptions such as the energy embedded in products. It is therefore our endeavor to identify technologies that enable the efficient and cost-effective conversion between or within the various different forms of energy while minimizing exergy destruction. Within this general framework, ARPA-E seeks transformative ideas that enable the most efficient, economical, sustainable, and environmentally benign conversion of energy while minimizing exergy destruction.

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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Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Applicants may submit questions regarding ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E’s online application portal, to ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will promptly respond to emails that raise legitimate, technical issues with ARPA-E eXCHANGE. ARPA-E will refer any questions regarding the FOA to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    FOA Questions

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/26/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001026: RELIABLE ELECTRICITY BASED ON ELECTROCHEMICAL SYSTEMS (REBELS)

This program, Reliable Electricity Based on ELectrochemical Systems (REBELS), seeks to disrupt traditional learning curves for distributed stationary power generation, by introducing technology concepts that have the potential for significantly lower cost and that are capable of performance superior to current distributed generation technologies. Fuel cell technologies have been touted for decades due to their high chemical-to-electrical conversion efficiencies and potential for near-zero greenhouse gas emissions when fueled by hydrogen or operated as part of a carbon capture and storage (CCS) process. However, fuel cell technologies have not achieved widespread adoption due primarily to high cost relative to incumbent combustion technologies. In this program, ARPA-E seeks to fund transformational fuel cell devices that operate in an intermediate temperature range in an attempt to 1) create new pathways to achieve an installed cost to the end-user of less than $1,500/kW at moderate production volumes,  and 2) create new fuel cell functionality to increase grid stability and integration of renewable energy technologies such as wind and solar.

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    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. ARPA-E will cease to accept questions approximately 5 business days in advance of each submission deadline. Responses to questions received before the cutoff will be posted approximately one business day in advance of the submission deadline. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/8/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2014 5:00 PM ET

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

ARPA-E intends to promptly issue a restricted-eligibility Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for collaborative electrical power grid testing, research and valuation of advanced energy storage systems. The purpose of the FOA is to fund one or more research collaborations that facilitate rapid commercialization of energy storage systems resulting from ARPA-E funded research efforts. While new grid storage technologies are maturing quickly, their adoption is hindered by a lack of performance and reliability data, and by customers’ perceptions of the technologies as unproven. The research collaboration(s) selected through the FOA will address this gap in adoption of new energy storage technologies.
 
As part of this initiative, ARPA-E Program Director(s) and technical teams will be substantially involved in the resulting research collaborations. Through the FOA, ARPA-E intends to issue one or more awards using Cooperative Agreement instruments.
 
Due to the technical capabilities necessary to conduct the planned research, ARPA-E has determined, based on market research, that there is a limited number of applicants/applicant teams capable of conducting the planned research. In preparation for issuing the FOA, ARPA-E is issuing this NOI to notify interested potential FOA applicants, including teams, with the technical capabilities identified below.
 
FOA APPLICATIONS WILL BE BY INVITATION ONLY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AN INVITATION TO APPLY UNDER THE RESTRICTED-ELIGIBLITY FOA, YOU MUST PROVIDE THE INFORMATION (ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS SPECIFIED) BELOW THROUGH THE PROCESS – AND WITHIN THE TIMELIMIT – SPECIFIED BELOW. ARPA-E WILL THEN DETERMINE ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS TO INVITE TO SUBMIT FOA APPLICATIONS.
 
THIS IS AN NOI ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.
 
In order to be considered for invitation to apply to the planned FOA, respondents must submit answers to the questions inthe document below.  Responses should be submitted in PDF format to the email address: arpaestoragenoi@hq.doe.gov.  The deadline for responses is extended one week to 5:00 PM Eastern Time on February 21, 2014. ARPA-E will not review or consider responses submitted by other means.
 
Emails should conform to the following guidelines: Please insert “Responses for NOI for FOA DE-FOA-0001078” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, organization, email address, telephone number, mailing address, and type of company (i.e. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, FFRDC, GOGO).

Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    For any administrative questions regarding this Notice, please submit questions in an email to: ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov (with "NOI for FOA DE-FOA-0001078" in the subject line).

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

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

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


Expertise in the following Technical Areas may be useful in responding to the FOA: intermediate temperature solid electrolytes; intermediate temperature electrocatalysts/electrodes with low or zero platinum group metal (PGM) loading; new approaches to activate carbon/hydrogen bonds for intermediate temperature fuel reforming; new approaches to direct reforming of fuels at a fuel cell electrode; novel fuel cell manufacturing processes without high temperature sintering; integration of fuel cell and battery functionality at the device level (rather than system level); and electrochemical production of liquid fuels.


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


The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in October 2013. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.


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


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


This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued by the end of the 2013 calendar year, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit any comments or questions to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

Teaming Partners

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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


Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that there will be three specific areas of interest indentified in the FOA as follows: (1) on-body wearable technologies, (2) near range (<1 m) energy transfer, and (3) direct energy transfer to the human body from a distance (>1 m). In addition, system level solutions that employ any combinations of the three areas are of interest as well.  ARPA-E envisions supporting a broad range of technologies that can achieve these objectives. 


Expertise in the following Technical Areas may be useful in responding to the FOA: human physiology, thermal management, materials science, building heating and cooling systems, device fabrication, directed energy, testing, and modeling. For wearable technologies, teams are encouraged to have participation from apparel designers and experts in consumer product adoption.


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


The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in April 2014. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.


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


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


This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in late April, or early May 2014, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit any comments or questions to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

Teaming Partners

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

The MONITOR program’s focus will be on “oil and gas systems,” from the wellhead to the end user.  Cost-effective measurement of methane will facilitate detection and early mitigation from leaks and process upsets, thus reducing the overall emissions of methane from the production of natural gas. 

Currently, ARPA-E anticipates that the FOA will target research of: (1) complete systems, which combine methane measurement with data analytics in order to estimate methane emission rates and location of leaks; the systems should also include provisions for data quality control and digital communication; and (2) partial solutions which may demonstrate promising new approaches to sensing, but which are too early in their development to warrant incorporation into a complete system.

The complexity of the task requires discussion of a measurement “system.”  For example, a potential measurement system could consist of some combination of, but is not limited to:

1.    Single high-sensitivity (but likely higher cost) fixed sensor;
2.    Network consisting of a number of lower cost and lower sensitivity fixed sensors;
3.    Systems incorporating imaging technology;
4.    Sensor(s) mounted on vehicles that drive prescribed or random routes and uses both concentration and wind data to estimate the location of leaks;
5.    Sensors mounted in conventional or unmanned aircraft;
6.    Satellite imaging ;
7.    Biological solutions in which plants might “signal” (change of color, release of chemicals) the presence of methane.

In general, each of these would require not only the physical sensing component (laser spectrometer, catalytic sensor, imaging sensor, biological sensor), but also wind data (speed, direction) and potentially other weather data (temperature, precipitation).  In turn, the concentration wind/weather data would be used in conjunction with a dispersion model to estimate the location and magnitude of a leak. 

Expertise in the following Technical Areas may be useful in responding to the FOA: reduced-cost approaches to optical spectroscopy (e.g. reduced cost lasers, reduced cost detectors, novel configurations, etc.), imaging (e.g. reduced cost, increased resolution, improved performance, enhanced speed, non-cryogenic, etc.), mobile sensing (e.g. from ground vehicles or conventional / unmanned aircraft), advanced data analytics (e.g. dispersion modeling, microclimatic modeling, GIS integration, reinforcement learning, etc.), data quality assurance, and systems integration. System-level considerations such as communications, reliability, and robustness in extreme environments may also be useful in responding to this FOA.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in April 2014. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued in April or May 2014, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please submit any comments or questions to ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov. ARPA-E will not review or consider comments submitted by other means.

Teaming Partners

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

Submission Deadlines

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