Questions Regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements

Please contact the ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov email address for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. Upon the issuance of a FOA, only the Contracting Officer may communicate with Applicants. ARPA-E personnel and our support contractors are prohibited from communicating (in writing or otherwise) with Applicants regarding the FOA. This “quiet period” remains in effect until ARPA-E’s public announcement of its project selections.

ARPA-E will not pre-assess an Applicant’s proposal. Prospective Applicants must review the technical requirements of the FOA and independently determine whether their proposed concept warrants a submission.

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ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0002459 OPEN 2021 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/6/2021 09:30 AM ET 8/31/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002504 Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year (REMEDY) Methane Emissions Abatement Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/21/2021 09:30 AM ET 8/25/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002505 Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year SBIR/STTR (REMEDY SBIR/STTR) Methane Emissions Abatement Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/21/2021 09:30 AM ET 8/25/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/10/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/23/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002530 Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems (ONWARDS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/9/2021 09:30 AM ET 10/7/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002531 Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems SBIR/STTR (ONWARDS SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/9/2021 09:30 AM ET 10/7/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002625 Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/20/2021 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002626 Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere SBIR/STTR (HESTIA SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/20/2021 09:30 AM ET TBD
  RFI-0000057 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Carbon Negative Buildings Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000058 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000059 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002599 Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002599 on Technology Advancements for Subsurface Exploration for Renewable Energy Resources or Carbon Storage Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0002459: OPEN 2021

This FOA marks the fifth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012, 2015, and 2018. OPEN 2021 therefore continues the three-year periodic cycle for ARPA-E OPEN solicitations. An OPEN solicitation provides a vitally important mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements ARPA-E’s primary mechanism, which is through the solicitation of research projects in focused technology programs.


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


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

Documents

  • OPEN 2021 FOA Full Application Mod 1 (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:31 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • OPEN 2021 FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 2/11/2021 03:10 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

Pursuant to the FOA, Applicants are required to submit the "Required Application Documents" with their Application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed or considered.

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • OPEN 2021 - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/8/2021 06:16 PM ET)

Full Application

  • OPEN 2021 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:05 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:14 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:36 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:39 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:39 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:40 PM ET)
  • Software Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/20/2021 02:10 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:41 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. ARPA-E will not pre-assess an Applicant’s proposal. Prospective Applicants must review the technical requirements of the FOA and independently determine whether their proposed concept warrants a submission.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/6/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/31/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/19/2021 5:00 PM ET – 10/25/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002504: Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year (REMEDY) Methane Emissions Abatement Program

REMEDY (Reducing Emissions of Methane Every day of the Year) is a 3-year, $35MM research program to reduce methane emissions from three sources in the oil, gas, and coal value chain. The goal is to reverse the rate of accumulation of methane in the atmosphere, decrease atmospheric methane concentration, and thus ameliorate climate change. The target sources are:

  • Exhaust from natural gas-fired lean-burn engines, used to drive compressors, generate electricity, and increasingly, repower ships; 
  • Flares required for safe operation of oil and gas facilities; and
  • Coal mine ventilation air methane (VAM) exhausted from operating underground mines.

These sources are responsible for at least 10% of US anthropogenic methane emissions.

The REMEDY program seeks highly replicable system-level technical solutions that achieve an overall methane conversion of 99.5%, reduce net greenhouse gas emissions > 87% on a life-cycle basis, have a levelized cost of carbon less than $40/ton CO2e, and address techno-economic issues related to commercialization. Systems must incorporate technologies that can operate at lean- and ultra-lean methane concentrations integrated with sensors and/or control algorithms to quantify emission reduction and ensure consistent operation. Stage 1 of the program will be used to screen concepts, and projects selected to continue in Stage 2 will confirm metrics in a limited field test or larger, extended-lab-scale test.

The REMEDY program addresses methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and complements programs focused on CO2 reduction. REMEDY metrics will facilitate comparison of methane reduction processes with CO2 reduction processes.[1, 2]

REMEDY augments and extends but will not duplicate existing initiatives focused on methane reduction, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Natural Gas Star program and Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP), the DOE Fossil Energy Flare Reduction program, and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. Recovery or conversion to high-value products is allowed, provided techno-economic and environmental metrics are met.


[1] See, e.g., https://netl.doe.gov/projects/files/CostandPerformanceofBituminousCoalandNGPlantswithCCSRev4_091020.pdf.

[2] Gillingham, K. and Stock, J.H., “The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, J Economic Perspectives, Vol. 32 (4), p. 73-72, Fall 2018.

Documents

  • REMEDY_DE-FOA-0002504 FA FOA (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 04:53 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • REMEDY DE-FOA-0002504 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/7/2021 05:01 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

  • REMEDY Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/7/2021 05:20 PM ET)
  • REMEDY LCA and LCCA Worksheets (Last Updated: 4/7/2021 05:41 PM ET)

Full Application

  • REMEDY Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:01 PM ET)
  • LCA and LCCA Workbook (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:09 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification /SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:11 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:12 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosure Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:14 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:16 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:16 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes. ARPA-E will not pre-assess an Applicant’s proposal. Prospective Applicants must review the technical requirements of the FOA and independently determine whether their proposed concept warrants a submission.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/21/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/25/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/30/2021 5:00 PM ET – 10/5/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002505: Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year SBIR/STTR (REMEDY SBIR/STTR) Methane Emissions Abatement Program

REMEDY (Reducing Emissions of Methane Every day of the Year) is a 3-year, $35MM research program to reduce methane emissions from three sources in the oil, gas, and coal value chain. The goal is to reverse the rate of accumulation of methane in the atmosphere, decrease atmospheric methane concentration, and thus ameliorate climate change. The target sources are:

  • Exhaust from natural gas-fired lean-burn engines, used to drive compressors, generate electricity, and increasingly, repower ships; 
  • Flares required for safe operation of oil and gas facilities; and
  • Coal mine ventilation air methane (VAM) exhausted from operating underground mines.

These sources are responsible for at least 10% of US anthropogenic methane emissions.

The REMEDY program seeks highly replicable system-level technical solutions that achieve an overall methane conversion of 99.5%, reduce net greenhouse gas emissions > 87% on a life-cycle basis, have a levelized cost of carbon less than $40/ton CO2e, and address techno-economic issues related to commercialization. Systems must incorporate technologies that can operate at lean- and ultra-lean methane concentrations integrated with sensors and/or control algorithms to quantify emission reduction and ensure consistent operation. Stage 1 of the program will be used to screen concepts, and projects selected to continue in Stage 2 will confirm metrics in a limited field test or larger, extended-lab-scale test.

The REMEDY program addresses methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, and complements programs focused on CO2 reduction. REMEDY metrics will facilitate comparison of methane reduction processes with CO2 reduction processes.[1, 2]

REMEDY augments and extends but will not duplicate existing initiatives focused on methane reduction, such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Natural Gas Star program and Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP), the DOE Fossil Energy Flare Reduction program, and the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative. Recovery or conversion to high-value products is allowed, provided techno-economic and environmental metrics are met.


[1] See, e.g., https://netl.doe.gov/projects/files/CostandPerformanceofBituminousCoalandNGPlantswithCCSRev4_091020.pdf.

[2] Gillingham, K. and Stock, J.H., “The Cost of Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions”, J Economic Perspectives, Vol. 32 (4), p. 73-72, Fall 2018.

Documents

  • REMEDY SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002505 FA FOA (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 04:54 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • REMEDY SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002505 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/7/2021 09:49 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

  • REMEDY SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/7/2021 09:55 PM ET)
  • REMEDY LCA and LCCA Worksheets (Last Updated: 4/7/2021 09:55 PM ET)

Full Application

  • REMEDY SBIR/STTR Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 04:58 PM ET)
  • LCA and LCCA Workbook (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:09 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification /SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:11 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:12 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosure Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:16 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:59 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:17 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. ARPA-E will not pre-assess an Applicant’s proposal. Prospective Applicants must review the technical requirements of the FOA and independently determine whether their proposed concept warrants a submission.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/21/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/25/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/30/2021 5:00 PM ET – 10/5/2021 5:00 PM ET

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
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 1/22/2020

J: Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Supply of Critical Materials for Clean Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/7/2020

K: Recycle Underutilized Solids to Energy:
CLOSED - FA Deadline 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

L: Insulating Nanofluids and Solids to Upgrade our Large Aging Transformer Equipment:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

M: Mining Incinerated Disposal Ash Streams:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

N: Waste into X:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

O:Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

P: Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air:
CLOSED - FA Deadline Passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

Q: Connecting Aviation by Lighter Electric Systems:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/17/2020

R: Lowering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES):
CLOSED - FA Deadline Passed 9:30 AM ET 11/23/2020

S. Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing for Performance Enhancement of High Temperature and High Pressure Heat Exchangers (Topology)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 12/1/2020

T: Reserved

U: SF6-Free Routes for Electrical Equipment
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/23/21

V: Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings
FA Deadline is 9:30 AM ET 1/10/2022


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 20 (Last Updated: 11/8/2021 02:05 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)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:18 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:49 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 10:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 02:51 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:13 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953_Modification 17_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:28 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 18 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 09:58 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:52 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 (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:08 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook (Last Updated: 3/6/2020 02:37 PM 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)
  • Commercialization Plan (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 03:42 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/10/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/7/2022 5:00 PM ET – 2/11/2022 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

I. Reserved

J: Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Supply of Critical Materials for Clean Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/7/2020

K: Recycle Underutilized Solids to Energy:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

L: Insulating Nanofluids and Solids to Upgrade our Large Aging Transformer Equipment:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

M: Mining Incinerated Disposal Ash Streams:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

N: Waste into X:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

O:Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

P: Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

Q: Connecting Aviation by Lighter Electric Systems:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/17/2020

R: Lowering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES):
CLOSED - FA Deadline Passed 9:30 AM ET 11/23/2020

S. Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing for Performance Enhancement of High Temperature and High Pressure Heat Exchangers (Topology)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 12/1/2020

T: Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 1/26/2021

U: SF6-Free Routes for Electrical Equipment
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/23/2021


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 20 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:54 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)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:12 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 3/4/2020 05:24 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:46 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:33 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:53 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 11:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 03:57 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:03 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:18 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 17 (Last Updated: 1/22/2021 12:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954_Modification 18_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:50 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 10:00 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

  • Topic T: Technical Volume (Fixed Amount Grant) (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:25 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/22/2021 01:12 PM ET)
  • Topic T: SF-424A (Fixed Amount Grant) (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook SBIR-STTR (Last Updated: 9/28/2020 03:09 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: 3/5/2020 04:13 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)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 04:05 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/23/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/19/2021 5:00 PM ET – 8/27/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002530: Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems (ONWARDS)

The program goal of ONWARDS is to support the development of technologies that address significant challenges to closing the back-end of advanced reactor (AR) nuclear fuel cycles. Specifically, projects funded under the ONWARDS Program will develop and demonstrate sustainable technologies that will significantly improve the disposal impact of used nuclear fuel (UNF) and other waste streams stemming from the implementation of AR fuel cycles by developing innovative and cost-effective approaches in reprocessing, material accountancy, and waste forms. ONWARDS metrics include an order-of-magnitude reduction in AR waste volume generation or repository footprint compared to light-water nuclear reactors (LWR), better than 1% fissile-mass accountancy in reprocessing streams, development of high-performance AR waste forms for a variety of potential deep-geological repositories (DGR) and disposal concepts, and costs in the range of $1/megawatt-hour (MWh).

Documents

  • ONWARDS FA - DE-FOA-0002530 Mod 1 (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 02:17 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ONWARDS_CP FOA_DE-FOA-0002530 (Last Updated: 5/19/2021 09:14 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.

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Concept Paper

  • ONWARDS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 5/18/2021 12:58 PM ET)

Full Application

  • ONWARDS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:45 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:45 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:15 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:47 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:48 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:49 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:50 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:51 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: 7/9/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/7/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 11/19/2021 5:00 PM ET – 11/24/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002531: Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems SBIR/STTR (ONWARDS SBIR/STTR)

The program goal of ONWARDS is to support the development of technologies that address significant challenges to closing the back-end of advanced reactor (AR) nuclear fuel cycles. Specifically, projects funded under the ONWARDS Program will develop and demonstrate sustainable technologies that will significantly improve the disposal impact of used nuclear fuel (UNF) and other waste streams stemming from the implementation of AR fuel cycles by developing innovative and cost-effective approaches in reprocessing, material accountancy, and waste forms. ONWARDS metrics include an order-of-magnitude reduction in AR waste volume generation or repository footprint compared to light-water nuclear reactors (LWR), better than 1% fissile-mass accountancy in reprocessing streams, development of high-performance AR waste forms for a variety of potential deep-geological repositories (DGR) and disposal concepts, and costs in the range of $1/megawatt-hour (MWh).

Documents

  • ONWARDS SBIR/STTR FA - DE-FOA-0002531 Mod 1 (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 02:19 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ONWARDS SBIR/STTR CP FOA_DE-FOA-0002531 (Last Updated: 5/18/2021 01:11 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

Concept Paper

  • ONWARDS SBIR-STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 5/18/2021 01:15 PM ET)

Full Application

  • ONWARDS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:07 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:17 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification /SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:16 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR - Template (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 10:21 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:14 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:15 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:16 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:21 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 05:16 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 7/9/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 10/7/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 11/19/2021 5:00 PM ET – 11/24/2021 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002625: Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA)

The goal of the HESTIA program is to support the development of technologies that nullify embodied greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions[1] (see Section I.B above), while simultaneously transforming buildings into net carbon storage structures. Specifically, projects funded under the HESTIA Program will develop and demonstrate building materials and whole-building designs that are net carbon negative (see Section I.B above) on a life cycle basis[2] by utilizing atmospheric CO2 or CH4 (see Section I.B above) from a wide range of potential feedstocks (e.g., forestry and purpose-grown products, agricultural residues, marine derived, direct carbon utilization) in the production process. HESTIA metrics are:

  • storage of more carbon in the chemical structure of the finished product than emitted during manufacture, construction, and use,
  • relevant performance testing (e.g., flammability, strength) as required per applicable building code and incumbent specifications,
  • market advantage (e.g., improved material performance in at least one area, lower cost, easier installation) over the best-in-class incumbent building element(s) (i.e. structural and/or enclosure) selected for replacement, and
  • sufficient retention of carbon storage over service lifetime and minimized end-of-life emissions where possible by designing for reuse, repurposing, and/or recycling.

This FOA supports the development of viable technologies to achieve these metrics in a cost-effective manner to meet building construction industry demand for low-cost. Technical categories of interest are identified in Section I.E of the FOA. Performance targets for the technical categories of interest are provided in Section I.F of the FOA. Section I.G of the FOA provides information on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) requirements. To ensure that the technologies developed through this Program are evaluated consistently and transparently, a separate solicitation[3] will be used to develop and perform Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) in conjunction with and to support Applicants of this FOA.


[1] Embodied emissions are also referred to as embodied carbon due to the bulk consisting of carbon dioxide and methane.

[2] LCA stages A1-A3 or cradle-to-gate for building materials in the Program and cradle-to-grave at the building level for the Program

[3] Special Program Announcement for Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas (DE-FOA-0001953) Topic V. “Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings.

Documents

  • HESTIA CP FOA (Last Updated: 11/5/2021 02:36 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

  • HESTIA Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/5/2021 02:44 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: 12/20/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002626: Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere SBIR/STTR (HESTIA SBIR/STTR)

The goal of the HESTIA program is to support the development of technologies that nullify embodied greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions[1] (see Section I.C above), while simultaneously transforming buildings into net carbon storage structures. Specifically, projects funded under the HESTIA Program will develop and demonstrate building materials and whole-building designs that are net carbon negative (see Section I.C above) on a life cycle basis[2] by utilizing atmospheric CO2 or CH4 (see Section I.C above) from a wide range of potential feedstocks (e.g., forestry and purpose-grown products, agricultural residues, marine derived, direct carbon utilization) in the production process. HESTIA metrics are:

  • storage of more carbon in the chemical structure of the finished product than emitted during manufacture, construction, and use,
  • relevant performance testing (e.g., flammability, strength) as required per applicable building code and incumbent specifications,
  • market advantage (e.g., improved material performance in at least one area, lower cost, easier installation) over the best-in-class incumbent building element(s) (i.e. structural and/or enclosure) selected for replacement, and
  • sufficient retention of carbon storage over service lifetime and minimized end-of-life emissions where possible by designing for reuse, repurposing, and/or recycling.

This FOA supports the development of viable technologies to achieve these metrics in a cost-effective manner to meet building construction industry demand for low-cost. Technical categories of interest are identified in Section I.F of the FOA. Performance targets for the technical categories of interest are provided in Section I.G of the FOA. Section I.H of the FOA provides information on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) requirements. To ensure that the technologies developed through this Program are evaluated consistently and transparently, a separate solicitation[3] will be used to develop and perform Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) in conjunction with and to support Applicants of this FOA.


[1] Embodied emissions are also referred to as embodied carbon due to the bulk consisting of carbon dioxide and methane.

[2] LCA stages A1-A3 or cradle-to-gate for building materials in the Program and cradle-to-grave at the building level for the Program

[3] Special Program Announcement for Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas (DE-FOA-0001953) Topic V. “Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings.

Documents

  • HESTIA SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 11/5/2021 03:30 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

  • HESTIA SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/5/2021 03:34 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: 12/20/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

RFI-0000057: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Carbon Negative Buildings

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is considering issuing a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to utilize atmospheric CO2 in the manufacture of building materials and design of whole-buildings that are capable of storing carbon within the finished product. The objective of this program would be to nullify embodied emissions while driving the transformation of buildings into carbon sinks. The timing of this program coincides with the urgency in both achieving aggressive reductions in embodied emissions, particularly in new construction, as well as the need for market-ready negative emission technologies and practices for implementing carbon removal strategies.

Two categories have been identified as necessary to achieve these goals:

(1) Building Materials Teams: A category focused on the development and commercialization of novel building materials that both contain a minimum of 10 wt.% (and higher than the incumbent technology) atmospheric carbon in the chemical structure of their manufactured part and also store more carbon than emitted during manufacture (i.e. cradle-to-gate, A1-A3) with an aim towards cradle-to-grave negative emissions. Performance requirements for building construction and operational energy usage must also be satisfied and surpassed.

(2) Building Design Teams: A category focused on leveraging emerging carbon storing materials as a parameter in whole-building re-designs. These new designs will drive down both lifetime embodied and operational emissions while also incorporating carbon storing materials with the goal of cradle-to-grave carbon negative buildings. We anticipate reuse and design for deconstruction as critical strategies in achieving this emission reduction goal.

Of note, ARPA-E is considering funding a team (or teams) through a separate solicitation to perform Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) in conjunction with the Building Materials and Design Teams for this FOA, to ensure that the technologies developed through this potential program are evaluated consistently and transparently.

ARPA–E held a workshop on these topics on March 23 and 25, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/carbon-negative-building-materials-workshop).

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with these project teams, with the goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of the innovative technologies these projects teams develop.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in July 2021. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Announcement does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued August 2021, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • Carbon Negative Buildings Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 7/21/2021 01:53 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000058: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is considering issuing a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to utilize atmospheric CO2 in the manufacture of building materials and design of whole-buildings that are capable of storing carbon within the finished product (Primary Solicitation). The objective of this program would be to nullify embodied emissions while driving the transformation of buildings into carbon sinks. As a component of this program, ARPA-E is considering funding a team (or teams) through a separate solicitation to perform Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) in conjunction with the Building Materials and Design Teams, which would be selected under the Primary Solicitation, to analyze the environmental impacts of various carbon negative building materials under development through the program and to enable comparisons between materials and entire buildings consistently and transparently with sensitivity analyses.

ARPA-E anticipates that in order to successfully analyze the program’s Building Materials and Design Teams’ projects, an LCA team would need to develop:

(1) Cradle-to-grave LCA modeling frameworks for rapid screening and quantification of LCA impacts of building materials and/or whole buildings, including comparative LCAs between proposed building materials and incumbent materials, as well as hot spot analyses for nascent materials. These materials could be derived from a variety of feedstocks, including purpose grown and residue biomass, as well as, direct air capture and point source CO2, and use a wide range of processing methods

(2) .Dynamic LCA frameworks that track cumulative and temporal life cycle impacts over a building’s lifetime. ARPA-E is interested in a framework that leverages dynamic LCA to understand how life cycle impacts change and accumulate over time.

(3) Spatial-temporal modeling tools to estimate site-specific parameters important for LCA of different feedstocks for building materials, leading to the incorporation of land use change impacts in product level LCAs.

ARPA–E held a workshop on these topics on March 23 and 25, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/carbon-negative-building-materials-workshop).

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with these project teams, with the goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of the innovative technologies these projects teams develop.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in July 2021. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Announcement does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued August 2021, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • LCA for Carbon Negative Buildings Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 7/21/2021 02:01 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000059: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2021 (SCALEUP 2021)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (“FOA”), “Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2021 (SCALEUP 2021),” expected to be issued in 2021, to solicit applications for financial assistance to support the scaling of promising ARPA-E-funded technologies into early commercial products.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate collaborations among performing teams to respond to the upcoming FOA. The FOA will provide specific Program goals, technical metrics, selection criteria, and FOA terms. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) 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 2021 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 its statutory goal of “accelerating transformational technological advances in areas that industry by itself is not likely to undertake because of technical and financial uncertainty”[2].

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages different organizations with outstanding scientists and engineers across different scientific disciplines and technology sectors to participate in this Program. 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.

ARPA-E is compiling a Teaming Partner List for SCALEUP 2021 as an optional tool that potential applicants may choose to utilize to facilitate the formation of new project teams and identify potential collaborations. Teaming partners include organizations and individuals who can offer expertise, facilities, or other complementary resources toward a potential ARPA-E project. The teaming list identifies partners’ capabilities as well as their areas of interest, understanding that expertise and experience in one field can often be applied successfully to a new field. This list is completely voluntarily to participate in and utilize. ARPA-E will not identify or facilitate connections through the teaming list and participation in the list has no bearing whatsoever on the evaluation of applications submitted to the SCALEUP 2021 FOA.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled solely 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, starting in October 2021. 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 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 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 2021, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


[1] America COMPETES Act, Pub. L. No. 110-69, § 5012 (2007), as amended (codified at 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(A-C)).

[2] 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(C)

Documents

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0002599: Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002599 on Technology Advancements for Subsurface Exploration for Renewable Energy Resources or Carbon Storage

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for a potential future ARPA-E research program focused on technologies that enable high-resolution, wide-area subsurface mapping in order to identify opportunities for renewable energy technologies and the future low-carbon economy. Examples where advances in subsurface imaging will be critical include, but are not limited to, locating reservoirs for carbon capture and storage (CCS), identifying new geothermal sites, mapping natural accumulations of energy-relevant minerals, and assessing potential resources of geologic hydrogen. The goal is to better understand how subsurface imaging technologies today may need to expand, adapt, or improve beyond technologies which have been optimized for oil and gas exploration. ARPA-E is seeking information at this time regarding the state of the art in subsurface imaging technologies and transformative and implementable technologies that could:

1. Reduce frontier exploration costs for renewable energy or carbon storage projects by an order of magnitude or more, leveraging advancements in subsurface imaging, data collection, and data processing. For new renewable technologies or CCS projects, identifying potential geologic sites with the requisite properties requires honing in on sites from a much larger region, often in areas that have not been traditionally explored by oil and gas interests and where there is little prior high-quality imaging data. Isolating regions of interest could mean developing new, cost-effective wide-area subsurface exploration technologies, using a combination of imaging techniques paired with multi-physics models, using data processing or novel geostatistical methods to upgrade or augment existing datasets, and/or developing machine learning algorithms which can fill in data gaps.

2. Advance data processing to accommodate larger amounts of data and reduce processing time by orders of magnitude for wide-area and/or nationwide subsurface imaging surveys.

3. Dramatically improve project success rates. Successful technologies would result in outcomes such as reduced incidence of dry wells in geothermal energy projects or identification of new energy-relevant mineral deposits. These outcomes can be facilitated by acquiring higher-quality and/or more comprehensive data in order to discern sites with high probability factors.

4. Monitor dynamic changes in the subsurface over time (4D mapping) with more sensitive surveys techniques, more comprehensive models, and/or algorithms. ARPA-E expects that subsurface changes of interest to renewable energy or CCS projects (e.g. changes in rock morphology, active water-rock chemical reactions, fluid migration, fracture network development, biological processes) may be different than those typically modelled for the oil and gas industry and that current models may need to be expanded to include these processes.

5. Reveal opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, combining the expertise of groups that traditionally do not interact, in order to gain a more comprehensive understanding of dynamic geologic processes.

Note that some approaches may accomplish several of the listed items above. For example, reducing frontier exploration costs could help de-risk new energy projects. Likewise, interdisciplinary collaboration could result in a paradigm shift that would introduce new technologies or methodologies for subsurface exploration.


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 December 1, 2021.

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 the response to this RFI that could be considered proprietary or confidential.


Documents

  • RFI DE-FOA-0002599_Subsurface Characterization (Last Updated: 10/21/2021 12:19 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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