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ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002220 Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage (FLECCS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/23/2019 09:30 AM ET 4/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002221 Flexible Carbon Capture and Storage SBIR/STTR (FLECCS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/23/2019 09:30 AM ET 4/14/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002166 Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019 (SCALEUP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/7/2020 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 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  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 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  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 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  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 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  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 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  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 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002288 Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned Fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW): Enabling Technologies for Commercially Attractive Fusion Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/10/2020 09:30 AM ET 6/19/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002289 Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/4/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002334 Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/27/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002335 Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems SBIR/STTR (SHARKS SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/27/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002337 Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/5/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002338 Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/9/2020 09:30 AM ET TBD
  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-0000046 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Joint FOA: GALVANIZING ADVANCES IN MARKET-ALIGNED FUSION FOR AN OVERABUNDANCE OF WATTS (GAMOW) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000047 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000048 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE) Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002355 Request for Information (RFI) on Identifications and Quantification of Electronic Waste (e-waste) in Municipal Solid Waste Streams 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
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:
OPEN - FA Deadline 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:49 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)

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)
  • Technical Volume: Topic K (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:18 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)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/22/2020 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

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:
OPEN - FA Deadline 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:53 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)

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)
  • Technical Volume: Topic K (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 04:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/6/2020 02:37 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)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/22/2020 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-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 Mod 3 (Last Updated: 3/20/2020 03:10 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:08 AM ET)
  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:22 PM ET)
  • FLECCS DE-FOA-0002220 Mod 2. (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 11:20 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)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Applications (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:09 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_5_Year (Last Updated: 4/9/2020 02:36 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:18 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:19 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:19 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:19 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:23 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: 12/23/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/3/2020 5:00 PM ET

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 Mod. 03 (Last Updated: 3/20/2020 03:14 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:12 AM ET)
  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:20 PM ET)
  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002221 Mod. 2 (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:39 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

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:11 AM ET)

Full Application

  • FLECCS SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 2/21/2020 03:29 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:45 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:53 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:53 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 2/19/2020 01:53 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: 12/23/2019 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/14/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/3/2020 5:00 PM ET

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 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 4/22/2020 07:14 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SCALEUP Preliminary Application FOA (Last Updated: 12/17/2019 03:23 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 1 (Last Updated: 1/31/2020 02:55 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 03:59 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

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)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 09:15 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

  • Preliminary Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD
  • View Preliminary Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/4/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/9/2020 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 DE-FOA-0002238 Modification 1 (Last Updated: 3/24/2020 10:35 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ASCEND CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 02:47 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • ASCEND Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 02:57 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:35 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:36 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:45 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_5_Year (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:21 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:46 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:50 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:51 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/7/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/13/2020 5:00 PM ET

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 DE-FOA-0002239 Mod 01 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • 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.

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:19 PM ET)

Full Application

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:16 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:17 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:18 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:32 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:33 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:34 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:35 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:35 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:36 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:36 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 
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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/7/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/13/2020 5:00 PM ET

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 FA FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 3/24/2020 09:20 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • 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.

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • REEACH Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • REEACH - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:26 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:25 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:27 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 02:50 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:28 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:29 PM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:30 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:31 PM ET)
  • REEACH Metrics Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:32 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: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/8/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/14/2020 5:00 PM ET

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 FA FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:20 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • 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.

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:44 PM ET)

Full Application

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:31 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:34 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:35 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:44 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR (Fillable) (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:46 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • REEACH Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:48 PM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:50 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:51 PM ET)
  • REEACH SBIR/STTR Metrics Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 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: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/8/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/14/2020 5:00 PM ET

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 FOA - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 10:49 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SMARTFARM CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:14 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/10/2020 02:36 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:21 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

  • SMARTFARM Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:15 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:59 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:13 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:12 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:14 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:14 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:15 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:16 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:17 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.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/19/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/31/2020 5:00 PM ET

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

  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 10:51 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SMARFARM SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/10/2020 02:38 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:23 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.

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:59 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:57 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:00 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:02 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:05 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:05 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:07 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:07 PM ET)

Contact Information

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    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: 6/23/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/31/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002288: Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned Fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW): Enabling Technologies for Commercially Attractive Fusion Energy

The ARPA-E / SC-FES joint program, GAMOW, supports innovative research and development (R&D) in a range of enabling technologies (beyond confinement plasma physics), defined further below and in Section I.D, required for commercially attractive fusion energy. Key attributes for any commercially attractive energy include economics, safety, reliability/availability/maintainability/inspectability (RAMI), and environmental sustainability. This program prioritizes R&D that will help establish both the technical and commercial viability of a range of fusion enabling technologies (depicted generically in Fig. 1), particularly in (i) all the required technologies and subsystems between the fusion plasma and the balance of plant, and (ii) cost-effective, high-efficiency, high-duty-cycle driver technologies. Applicants should leverage and build on foundational research in fusion materials, fusion nuclear science (FNS), plasma-materials interactions (PMI), and other enabling technologies, and focus on potentially transformative fusion-energy R&D that is informed by market-aware techno-economic analysis (TEA).

Documents

  • GAMOW - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 12:52 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • GAMOW CP Phase FOA (Last Updated: 2/12/2020 05:19 PM ET)
  • GAMOW - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 06:15 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

  • GAMOW - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/12/2020 05:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:08 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:09 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:10 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:12 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:12 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:13 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:14 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:14 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/10/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/19/2020 9:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0002289: Rapid Encapsulation of Pipelines Avoiding Intensive Replacement (REPAIR)

REPAIR seeks to develop the suite of technologies required to rehabilitate cast iron, wrought iron, and bare steel natural gas distribution pipes by developing technologies that will enable the automated construction of a new pipe inside the old pipe. In order for the program to be successful, the new pipe must 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. Today, older gas distribution pipes are typically excavated and replaced at costs up to $10 million per mile.

REPAIR will advance the state of gas distribution pipelines by incorporating smart functionality into structural coating materials and developing new integrity/inspection tools. It will also create 3D maps that integrate natural gas pipe and adjacent underground infrastructure geospatial information with integrity, leak, and coating deposition data. The cost target is $500k to $1 million per mile, including gas service disruption costs.

Gas distribution pipes are regulated by the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), as well as state regulatory agencies. Consequently the suite of technologies developed under REPAIR will ultimately need regulatory approval consistent with 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 192. In parallel with this FOA, ARPA-E will establish a Testing and Technical Specifications Panel (TTSP) to advise ARPA-E and facilitate regulatory approval for the technologies and cost recovery for the rehabilitation process. The TTSP will include PHMSA; state regulators and their association, the National Association of Pipeline State Regulators (NAPSR); representatives of ASTM International F17 committee; gas utilities; and ARPA-E.

The REPAIR program will require coordination among multiple stakeholders, and collaboration within research programs, to achieve commercial success. Figure 1 summarizes the REPAIR ecosystem, the FOA categories, and the path to market. It is intended to show the inter-relationships among the critical program contributors: The TTSP will provide inputs to ARPA-E regarding test methods and performance specifications that regulators and utilities will require REPAIR technologies to demonstrate. In Category 1 these requirements are reduced to specific tests and performance metrics for the “pipe in pipe”. Categories 2-4 address the individual system components: coating materials, coating deposition tools, and integrity/inspection tools. Category 5 is an integrated test of all of the components. Category 6 addresses mapping tools and software. The FOA breaks out requirements for each system component. However, it is essential that these components be integrated to create comprehensive service offerings. As shown in Figure 1, utilities typically execute turn-key contracts with service companies when rehabilitating pipelines. Consequently, Applicants for Categories 2-4 will need to describe their plans for integrating their products into comprehensive service offerings, through partnering or other commercialization plans.

Documents

  • REPAIR FOA Mod 01 (Last Updated: 4/3/2020 04:43 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • REPAIR FA FOA (Last Updated: 2/18/2020 09:17 AM ET)

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Full Application

  • REPAIR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:52 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook 3 Year / SF-424A (Last Updated: 2/20/2020 01:52 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:53 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:53 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:54 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:54 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:54 PM ET)
  • Preliminary Economic Model (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:55 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 2/14/2020 04:56 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/4/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/19/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/24/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002334: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS)

The SHARKS[1] Program seeks to develop new designs for economically attractive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents. Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers, while HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other “blue economy” or utility-scale applications. This Program is aimed at applying Control Co-Design (CCD), Co-Design (CD) and Designing-for-OpEx (DFO) methodologies to HKT design. These three design methodologies require the concurrent (rather than sequential) application of a wide range of disciplines, starting at the conceptual design stage. The technical challenges that inhibit the development of highly efficient HKT designs are mutually dependent, and require expertise from a range of scientific and engineering fields for optimization. These codependent technical challenges make HKT design a perfect candidate for CCD, CD and DFO, and will necessitate the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to resolve their inherently coupled design considerations.

This Program seeks to fund the development of new HKT designs that include, but are not limited to, hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations. Simultaneous consideration of the full problem can result in operational designs that are optimal, and suitable for deployment in a wide variety of tidal and riverine energy environments. The SHARKS Program seeks new HKT designs that are optimized within a Metric Space that quantifies the swept rotor area per unit of equivalent mass and the water-to-electron power generation efficiency, while navigating across LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) contours of constant value or isolines. Projects in this Program will develop radically new HKT designs that offer a significant reduction in LCOE (~60%) compared to the current state-of-the-art –see Table 9. These designs will need to reduce the LCOE through a multi-faceted approach that includes increasing generation efficiency, increasing rotor area per unit of equivalent system mass, lowering operating and maintenance costs, and minimizing potential negative impacts on the surrounding environment, among other considerations. It is expected that projects will include physical testing of the critical systems and sub-systems in the water to prove the assumptions underlying the device’s design.


[1] SHARKS is the acronym for “Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems.”

Documents

  • SHARKS DE-FOA-0002334 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:23 PM ET)

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Concept Paper

  • SHARKS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:26 PM ET)
  • S1_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:27 PM ET)
  • S2_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:27 PM ET)
  • S3_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:28 PM ET)
  • S4_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:29 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/27/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002335: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems SBIR/STTR (SHARKS SBIR/STTR)

The SHARKS[1] Program seeks to develop new designs for economically attractive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents. Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers, while HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other “blue economy” or utility-scale applications. This Program is aimed at applying Control Co-Design (CCD), Co-Design (CD) and Designing-for-OpEx (DFO) methodologies to HKT design. These three design methodologies require the concurrent (rather than sequential) application of a wide range of disciplines, starting at the conceptual design stage. The technical challenges that inhibit the development of highly efficient HKT designs are mutually dependent, and require expertise from a range of scientific and engineering fields for optimization. These codependent technical challenges make HKT design a perfect candidate for CCD, CD and DFO, and will necessitate the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to resolve their inherently coupled design considerations.

This Program seeks to fund the development of new HKT designs that include, but are not limited to, hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations. Simultaneous consideration of the full problem can result in operational designs that are optimal, and suitable for deployment in a wide variety of tidal and riverine energy environments. The SHARKS Program seeks new HKT designs that are optimized within a Metric Space that quantifies the swept rotor area per unit of equivalent mass and the water-to-electron power generation efficiency, while navigating across LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) contours of constant value or isolines. Projects in this Program will develop radically new HKT designs that offer a significant reduction in LCOE (~60%) compared to the current state-of-the-art –see Table 9. These designs will need to reduce the LCOE through a multi-faceted approach that includes increasing generation efficiency, increasing rotor area per unit of equivalent system mass, lowering operating and maintenance costs, and minimizing potential negative impacts on the surrounding environment, among other considerations. It is expected that projects will include physical testing of the critical systems and sub-systems in the water to prove the assumptions underlying the device’s design.


[1] SHARKS is the acronym for “Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems.”

Documents

  • SHARKS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002335 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:49 PM ET)

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Concept Paper

  • SHARKS SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:56 PM ET)
  • S1_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:57 PM ET)
  • S2_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:58 PM ET)
  • S3_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:58 PM ET)
  • S4_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:58 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 5/27/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002337: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE)

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 ºC in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

Documents

  • ULTIMATE CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 01:58 PM ET)

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Concept Paper

  • ULTIMATE Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:03 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/5/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002338: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR)

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 ºC in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

Documents

  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 6/3/2020 09:33 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:20 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:26 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/9/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

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.

Documents

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

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RFI-0000046: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Joint FOA: GALVANIZING ADVANCES IN MARKET-ALIGNED FUSION FOR AN OVERABUNDANCE OF WATTS (GAMOW)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) and the Office of Science – Fusion Energy Sciences (SC-FES) of the Department of Energy intend to issue a new joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in February 2020 named GAMOW. This FOA will solicit applications for financial assistance to support innovative research and development (R&D) in a range of enabling technologies (beyond confinement plasma physics) that will be needed in commercially attractive fusion energy systems. Related to this planned FOA, a “Teaming Partner List” – described below - is being compiled to facilitate the formation of project teams that will submit applications in response to the FOA.

Key attributes for any commercially attractive energy system include economics, safety, RAMI (reliability, availability, maintainability, inspectability), and environmental sustainability. The GAMOW Program will prioritize R&D that will help establish both the technical and commercial viability of technologies in the following anticipated technical research categories:

A. Fusion Energy Subsystems

  • Integrated first-wall and tritium-breeding blanket
  • Plasma-facing components (PFC) and divertor
  • Tritium fuel cycle
  • High-temperature superconducting (HTS) magnets
  • High-efficiency, high-duty-cycle electrical drivers

B. Cross-Cutting Research

  • Novel fusion materials, including methods to enable accelerated testing/qualification
  • Advanced and additive manufacturing to revolutionize fusion R&D and system attractiveness

The high-level program objectives are:

  • Substantial progress toward demonstrating technical feasibility and/or increases in performance in the technical categories listed above compared to present state-of-the-art
  • Enabling significant device simplification or elimination of entire subsystems, in one or more commercially motivated fusion energy concepts
  • Reduction in fusion energy system cost (capital and/or operations/maintenance) and/or development time/cost, including those of critical materials and component testing/qualification facilities
  • Improvements in safety, RAMI, and/or environmental attractiveness of fusion energy systems.


As a general matter, ARPA–E and SC-FES strongly encourage 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 GAMOW 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 February 2020. 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 / SC-FES do not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify themselves for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA–E / SC-FES 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 February 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • GAMOW Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 2/3/2020 05:09 PM ET)

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Teaming Partners

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RFI-0000047: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop innovative technologies for the design and proof-of-concept of economically attractive tidal and riverine hydrokinetic turbines[1]. The program seeks to leverage large multi-disciplinary teams to apply co-design and control co-design (CCD) methodologies to the technology development. Co-design brings together scientists and engineers from different disciplines to work concurrently, as opposed to sequentially, and considers the coupled design space from the outset, including dynamics and feedback control (CCD). Projects in this future program are envisioned to develop both a conceptual design, as well as perform proof-of-concept experimentation in physical environments (in the water) to confirm the technology’s capability. As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams with multi-disciplinary expertise to respond to the upcoming FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

The national and global resource and market available for clean energy from tidal streams, rivers, and canals are vast yet largely untapped. The growth of the industry has been inhibited by technical challenges and the associated high levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Technical challenges include: harsh operating environments, risk of environmental damage, inaccessibility for installation or repairs, difficulty of extracting power at low flow speeds, low generation efficiency, high operation and maintenance costs, high installation costs, high turbulence intensity and high torques among others. The aim of this future ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change in the hydrokinetic industry by designing and de-risking new systems with a significant reduction in LCOE compared with today’s standard. This includes proof-of-concept experimentation to reduce the technical risk of the technology. This program will lay the foundation for widespread adoption of inexpensive, clean, reliable, hydrokinetic energy.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for multi-disciplinary teams to develop new hydrokinetic turbine designs for either tidal or riverine applications. Teams are encouraged to use co-design, control co-design, and designing-for-OpEx approaches to develop and perform proof-of-concept testing for new devices with radically lower LCOE. Each team will demonstrate that the proposed design meets the LCOE targets based upon a metric space supplied by ARPA-E. It is envisioned that teams will be required to reduce the LCOE through a number of approaches including increased device efficiency, a lower equivalent mass-to-swept area ratio, and a significant reduction in operation and maintenance costs. Given the low technical readiness level of hydrokinetic technology, and the inherent coupled physics within the design space, the teams will demonstrate the technology viability in a number of ways, including paper studies, simulation methods, and experimentation of scaled systems in the water. Each team will have to propose an in-water proof-of-concept that demonstrates the system’s performance and/or the viability of the enabling concepts. The wide range of tasks ARPA-E will request for this proposed program makes large multi-disciplinary teams necessary.


In order to realize the goals of the proposed ARPA-E program, teams may find expertise in areas including, but not limited to, the following: (i) hydrodynamics; (ii) systems and control engineering; (iii) mechanical engineering; (iv) electrical generators; (v) power electronics; (vi) electrical connection; (vii) experimental testing (viii) numerical simulation; (ix) system identification; (x) anchoring and mooring systems; (xi) cavitation analysis; (xii) techno-economic analysis; (xiii) blockage and array efficiency optimization; (xiv) environmental impact attenuation; (xv) fish presence sensing; (xvi) data analysis; (xvii) experimentation; (xviii) rapid deployment in water; (xix) operation and maintenance; (xx) control co-design; (xxi) efficiency; (xxii) materials; (xxiii) corrosion. 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.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of these 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 February 2020. 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 and Interests related to the hydrokinetic turbine designs for tidal and riverine applications.

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 March 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


[1]Link to HYDROKINETIC Industry Day Materials : https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/2020-hydrokinetic-industry-day

Documents

  • SHARKS Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 2/24/2020 11:27 AM ET)

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RFI-0000048: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in April 2020 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop and demonstrate ultrahigh temperature materials for gas turbines, targeting power generation and aircraft engine applications.

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

Gas turbines are widely used for electric power generation and aircraft propulsion, among other industrial applications. Today, natural gas fueled turbines produce approximately 35% of the total electricity production in US. Air travel is responsible for 2% of carbon emissions and is expected to double in the next two decades globally. Improving the efficiency of gas turbines is thus a very important issue for energy savings, carbon emissions, and the economy of not only those industries, but a broad breath of sectors. Based on thermodynamic principles governing the operation of thermal mechanical systems such as turbines, the efficiency of a gas turbine depends to a large degree on the peak temperature of the working fluid (e.g. air or combustion products). The higher the peak temperature, the higher the efficiency and specific core power. The motivation of this Program is to improve the efficiency of gas turbines by increasing the temperature capability of the materials used in the most demanding environments such as the turbine blade. Currently, turbine blades are made of single crystal nickel-based superalloys with maximum operating temperature capability of 1100 °C. Thus, there is a strong need to discover, develop, and implement novel materials that work at temperatures significantly higher than that of the Ni or Co-based superalloys if further efficiency gains are to be realized.

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to support the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 °C in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for interdisciplinary teams to foster research and development of refractory metal-based alloys, including refractory metal high entropy alloys, as well as necessary coatings, for high temperature turbine blade applications. Another key objective of this Program is that the materials and manufacturing processes shall be developed concurrently as an integrated package of technology. Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this Program will have research needs in the following topics: (1) Novel Alloy Development; (2) Coating Development; (3) Manufacturing Process Development; (4) Comprehensive Solutions; and (5) Testing and Resource Support for Topics 1-4 awardees

Presently, ARPA–E anticipates that this Program may have two research award categories:

      A) Projects to conduct research on the topics 1-4 specified immediately above

      B) Testing and resource support for topics 1-4 awardees (Topic 5), to include one or more of the following areas: (i) Testing and evaluation of mechanical properties and environmental damage resistance at ultrahigh temperatures (1300 °C or higher) (ii) Advanced Manufacturing, (iii) Materials Modeling and (iv) Cost Modeling. Individuals participating on a Topic 5 project team will not be permitted to participate on a Topic 1-4 project team.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages different organizations with outstanding scientists and engineers, and 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.

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, starting in April 2020. 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 April 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • ULTIMATE Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 4/15/2020 09:13 AM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

DE-FOA-0002355: Request for Information (RFI) on Identifications and Quantification of Electronic Waste (e-waste) in Municipal Solid Waste Streams

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration for potential future ARPA-E research programs focused on highly energy efficient conversion of e-waste into usable manufacturing materials. ARPA-E is interested e-waste management/conversion ideas across the entire supply chain of e-waste and its impact on municipal solid waste, including classification, collection, identification, sorting, and reclamation of materials. Such e-waste reclamation research and development could result in the development and deployment of advanced energy technologies, enhancing the economic and energy of the United States, while reducing imports of foreign-sourced energy, and reduction of energy-related emissions.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES. Please note, in particular, that the information you provide will be used by ARPA-E solely for program planning, without attribution. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

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 research programs. 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.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES

No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Respondents should clearly mark any information in the response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Information labeled proprietary or confidential will not be released by DOE but may be used to inform ARPA-E’s planning.

Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA‐E may consider the rapid initiation of one or more funded collaborative projects to accelerate along the path towards commercial deployment of the energy technologies described generally above.

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 June 5, 2020. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:
  • Please insert “Responses for e-waste RFI” 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 10 pages in length (12-point font size).
  • Responders are strongly encouraged to include preliminary results, data, and figures that describe their potential methodologies.
  • ARPA-E is not interested in information related to topics such as process logistics improvement, manual separation etc.


Documents

  • RFI DE-FOA-0002355 e-Waste (Last Updated: 4/30/2020 03:36 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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