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  DE-FOA-0002641 SEEDING CRITICAL ADVANCES FOR LEADING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/20/2022 09:30 AM ET 4/27/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002707 Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/15/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/25/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002708 Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery SBIR/STTR (MINER SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/15/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/25/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002691 Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/14/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/21/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002692 Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy SBIR/STTR (CURIE SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/14/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/21/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002760 Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/16/2022 09:30 AM ET 9/19/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002761 Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living SBIR/STTR (EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/16/2022 09:30 AM ET 9/19/2022 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000062 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Fast Charging Batteries for EV Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000063 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Data Center Cooling Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000064 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: New Program in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Field Testing Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000065 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Exploratory Topic: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas: Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002835 Request for Information (RFI) on Ultra-Fast-Triggered Semiconductor Devices for Enhanced System Resiliency Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

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

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

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

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

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

[1] 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(a-c)

[2] Id.

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

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

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

Full Application

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

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/20/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/27/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/27/2022 5:00 PM ET – 6/2/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002707: Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER)

The Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER) program’s aim is to support the development of commercial-ready technologies that give the United States a net-zero or net negative emissions pathway toward increased domestic supplies of copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, rare earth elements, and other critical elements required for the transition to clean energy. The lack of a secure domestic supply of these minerals poses a significant supply chain risk for the United States, especially with regard to batteries, renewable energy generation, and transmission. Meanwhile, the domestic mining industry faces the rapid depletion of high-profit deposits, increased cost of mining and processing, expensive management, and accumulation of tailings, resulting in an overall reduced return of investment by conventional mining methods. Consequently, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with objectives to support the development of technology and approaches to: (1) decrease comminution energy by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; (2) increase yield of energy-relevant minerals by reducing unrecovered energy-relevant minerals in the tailings by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; and (3) enabling the negative emissions production of key minerals by sequestering >10 wt.% CO2e per metric ton of ore processed; and (4) develop methods to model carbonation potential, delineate petrophysical changes from carbonation, and quantify carbonate and energy-relevant mineralization in CO2-reactive geologic formations.”

Documents

  • MINER FA FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:57 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MINER_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002707 (Last Updated: 2/24/2022 02:42 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

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Concept Paper

  • MINER Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/23/2022 01:48 PM ET)

Full Application

  • MINER Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:59 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:01 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 12:44 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:02 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:06 AM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:10 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:10 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:11 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:12 AM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/15/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/25/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/29/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002708: Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery SBIR/STTR (MINER SBIR/STTR)

The Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER) program’s aim is to support the development of commercial-ready technologies that give the United States a net-zero or net negative emissions pathway toward increased domestic supplies of copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, rare earth elements, and other critical elements required for the transition to clean energy. The lack of a secure domestic supply of these minerals poses a significant supply chain risk for the United States, especially with regard to batteries, renewable energy generation, and transmission. Meanwhile, the domestic mining industry faces the rapid depletion of high-profit deposits, increased cost of mining and processing, expensive management, and accumulation of tailings, resulting in an overall reduced return of investment by conventional mining methods. Consequently, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with objectives to support the development of technology and approaches to: (1) decrease comminution energy by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; (2) increase yield of energy-relevant minerals by reducing unrecovered energy-relevant minerals in the tailings by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; and (3) enabling the negative emissions production of key minerals by sequestering >10 wt.% CO2e per metric ton of ore processed; and (4) develop methods to model carbonation potential, delineate petrophysical changes from carbonation, and quantify carbonate and energy-relevant mineralization in CO2-reactive geologic formations.”

Documents

  • MINER_SBIR/STTR FA FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:09 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MINER SBIR STTR_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002708 (Last Updated: 2/24/2022 01:34 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

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Concept Paper

  • MINER SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/23/2022 02:21 PM ET)

Full Application

  • MINER SBIR/STTR Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 09:57 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:37 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 12:45 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:37 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:37 AM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:38 AM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:38 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:38 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:39 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:41 AM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/15/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/25/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/29/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002691: Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE)

The program goal of Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) is to enable commercially viable reprocessing of used nuclear fuel (UNF) from the current light water reactor (LWR) fleet by resolving key gaps/barriers in reprocessing technologies, process monitoring, and facility design. The actinides in LWR UNF would ideally be reprocessed into feedstock that would be used to fuel advanced nuclear reactors (ARs), while other commercially valuable materials would be harvested for industrial and medical uses. Projects funded under CURIE will develop innovative separations technologies, process monitoring techniques for special nuclear material (SNM), and/or equipment designs that will significantly improve the economics and process monitoring of reprocessing technologies while dramatically reducing the volume of high-level waste (HLW) from LWR UNF requiring disposal. Specifically, CURIE is interested in separations technologies, process monitoring to enable predictive material accountancy, innovative equipment designs, and systems analyses that satisfy one or more of the global program metrics without negatively impacting other program metrics: (1) significantly (i.e., at least an order of magnitude) reduce the volume of LWR HLW requiring permanent disposal, (2) maintain disposal costs in the range of 0.1¢/kilowatt-hour (kWh), (3) provide a 1¢/kWh fuel cost for a 200 metric tons heavy metal (MTHM)/yr nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) facility, (4) enable in situ SNM process monitoring approaches that predict, within 1% uncertainty and under representative conditions, the post-process material accountancy, and (5) enable UNF separations that do not produce pure plutonium streams.

Documents

  • CURIE Full Application FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CURIE CP FOA (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 04:39 PM ET)
  • CURIE CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/11/2022 08:57 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

  • Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 3/3/2022 05:20 PM ET)
  • Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 3/15/2022 09:39 AM ET)

Full Application

  • CURIE FA Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:01 PM ET)
  • CURIE SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:46 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:41 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:34 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:05 PM ET)
  • CURIE FA Summary Slide (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:26 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:47 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:45 PM ET)
  • CURIE Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:25 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:44 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: 4/14/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/21/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/26/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002692: Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy SBIR/STTR (CURIE SBIR/STTR)

The program goal of Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) is to enable commercially viable reprocessing of used nuclear fuel (UNF) from the current light water reactor (LWR) fleet by resolving key gaps/barriers in reprocessing technologies, process monitoring, and facility design. The actinides in LWR UNF would ideally be reprocessed into feedstock that would be used to fuel advanced nuclear reactors (ARs), while other commercially valuable materials would be harvested for industrial and medical uses. Projects funded under CURIE will develop innovative separations technologies, process monitoring techniques for special nuclear material (SNM), and/or equipment designs that will significantly improve the economics and process monitoring of reprocessing technologies while dramatically reducing the volume of high-level waste (HLW) from LWR UNF requiring disposal. Specifically, CURIE is interested in separations technologies, process monitoring to enable predictive material accountancy, innovative equipment designs, and systems analyses that satisfy one or more of the global program metrics without negatively impacting other program metrics: (1) significantly (i.e., at least an order of magnitude) reduce the volume of LWR HLW requiring permanent disposal, (2) maintain disposal costs in the range of 0.1¢/kilowatt-hour (kWh), (3) provide a 1¢/kWh fuel cost for a 200 metric tons heavy metal (MTHM)/yr nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) facility, (4) enable in situ SNM process monitoring approaches that predict, within 1% uncertainty and under representative conditions, the post-process material accountancy, and (5) enable UNF separations that do not produce pure plutonium streams.

Documents

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR Full Application FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:02 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 04:39 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR/STTR CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/11/2022 08:58 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

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 3/3/2022 05:28 PM ET)
  • Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 3/15/2022 09:39 AM ET)

Full Application

  • CURIE SBIR STTR Technical_Volume_Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:22 PM ET)
  • SF 424 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:24 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:29 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release SBIR Template (Last Updated: 6/9/2022 12:26 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR FA Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:46 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 05:05 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Sample (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 06:15 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR Business Assurances Disclosure Form (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 05:02 PM ET)
  • CURIE Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:30 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:31 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: 4/14/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/21/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/26/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

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

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

Full Application

  • EVs4ALL Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:08 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:09 PM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:10 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:11 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:11 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/16/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/19/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/28/2022 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2022 5:00 PM ET

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

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

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

Full Application

  • EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:12 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:12 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:13 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:13 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:14 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:14 PM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:14 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:15 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 8/8/2022 01:16 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
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RFI-0000062: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Fast Charging Batteries for EV

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) is considering issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) that can achieve significantly faster charging as well as superior low temperature performance compared to state of the art commercial options. While EVs continue to gain market share, domestically, more work is required to make them accessible to all Americans. ARPA-E has identified three market needs that will require better and more affordable technologies than are available today if the mass market is to be appropriately served in the future.

37% of Americans live in residences without garages or carports and therefore do not have access to the convenience of charging at home. Consequently, EV fast charging will be necessary to appeal to this market. Many Americans live in colder climates, where EV battery performance becomes unsatisfactory at low temperatures due to reductions in capacity and power. Therefore, EV batteries that are more resilient at low temperatures are critical to motivating broader adoption, especially in colder regions. Two thirds of Americans purchase used vehicles rather than new. In the case of EVs, the reduced range for a car resulting from a degraded battery can be a major purchase detractor.

In addition to the above, domestic/global availability of battery materials, safety, and affordability continue to be significant factors that must be considered in a new battery program. To address these challenges, ARPA-E is contemplating several areas for possible investment:

First, a high-power battery (cell ≥ 200 Wh/kg) that can be charged in 5 minutes to 80% of its capacity. Second, a high energy battery (cell: ≥ 400 Wh/kg) that can be charged in 15 minutes to 80% of its capacity. The next generation of high energy and high-power battery chemistries and components will present considerable safety challenges that require new safety testing protocols. A third focus area of this potential program is therefore being considered, specifically to explore this safety testing topic, with the intent to de-risk chemistries with commercial potential (developed under this program) by the early application of competent and intentional failure analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), and deployment of new tests.

For the first and second areas of interest, ARPA-E expects that a “total cell” solution (i.e., combination of anode, cathode, and electrolyte in a commercially viable package) will be required to achieve the primary program objectives. In addition, both will require significant reductions in cycle life degradation and performance loss at low temperatures, as well as a focus on low cost and globally abundant materials.

ARPA–E held a virtual workshop entitled “High Energy, Fast Charging Batteries for EV Applications” on October 26 and 28, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/high-energy-fast-charging-batteries-for-ev-applications-workshop).

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams to respond to a potential FOA for development of advanced cell chemistries and battery designs for EVs. Expertise in the following Technical Areas may be useful in responding to a potential future FOA: advanced battery materials/components research and development, computational modeling, cell and battery design, battery cell manufacturing, battery safety and testing, etc.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, in March 2022. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should complete all required fields at 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, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued by April 2022, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Update as of 05/03/2022: The FOAs associated with this Teaming Partner List can be found at https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId48756d42-40a6-4240-8f0f-986c81d670b3 and https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx#FoaId610cce04-3efb-40f4-8442-a5d031195959.

Documents

  • New Program In Fast Charging Batteries for EV (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 01:08 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in May 2022. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued by August 2022, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

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

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E Exchange (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in May 2022. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

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

Documents

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

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000065: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Exploratory Topic: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas: Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is considering issuing a new Exploratory Topic under Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) DE‐FOA‐0002784 and DE‐FOA‐0002785 to solicit applications for financial assistance in pursuit of hypotheses-driven approaches toward realizing diagnostic evidence of Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) that are convincing to the wider scientific community. A goal of this Exploratory Topic will be to establish clear practices to rigorously answer the question, “should this field move forward given that LENR could be a potentially transformative carbon-free energy source, or does it conclusively not show promise?”

ARPA-E acknowledges the complex, controversial history of LENR beginning with the announcement by Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons in 1989 that they had achieved deuterium-deuterium (D-D) “cold fusion” in an electrochemical cell.[1] DOE reviews in 1989 and 2004 both concluded that the body of evidence to date did not support the claim of D-D fusion, but that research proposals on deuterated heavy metals should be evaluated under the standard peer-review process. This has not happened, in part because LENR was largely dismissed by the scientific research community by 1990.[2] Nevertheless, many groups from around the world continued to conduct varied LENR experiments on minimal budgets and to report evidence of excess heat and nuclear reactions (including neutrons, tritium, 3He, 4He, transmutation products, and isotopic shifts) in hundreds of reports/papers.[3] However, repeatability of the key evidence over multiple trials of seemingly the same experiment remains elusive to this day.[4] This may be due to limitations in experimental or diagnostic techniques, lack of awareness and/or control of the key triggers and independent variables of LENR experiments, or other reasons. Furthermore, results were typically not reported with the level of scientific rigor required by top-tier research journals. As a result, LENR as a field remains in a stalemate where lack of adequate funding inhibits the rigorous results that would engender additional funding and more rigorous studies.

For these reasons, ARPA-E has over the past 2+ years revisited the history of LENR as a field, studied the literature, released a general RFI[5] on nonconventional fusion approaches (that received many LENR-related responses), and held a LENR workshop.[6] The workshop was attended by 100+ people, including long-time and newer LENR researchers, non-LENR researchers from adjacent research disciplines, and other interested stakeholders. Institutions represented at the workshop included government laboratories/FFRDCs, top research universities, and private companies. The information gathered and received by ARPA-E, including from reputable experts at prestigious U.S. academic institutions, laboratories, and private corporations, supports the decision to proceed with the announcement of this Teaming Partner List.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate multi-disciplinary teaming, especially among but not limited to LENR researchers and nuclear diagnostic experts. ARPA-E believes that such teaming will improve the chances of advancing the field of LENR. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria. The FOA terms will be controlling. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

Based on its claimed characteristics, LENR may be an ideal form of nuclear energy with potentially low capital cost, high specific power and energy, and little-to-no radioactive byproducts. If LENR can be irrefutably demonstrated and scaled, it could potentially become a disruptive technology with myriad energy, defense, transportation, and space applications, all with strong implications for U.S. technological leadership. For energy applications, LENR could potentially contribute to decarbonizing sectors such as industrial heat and transportation (~50% of U.S. and global CO2-equivalent emissions).

This forthcoming ARPA-E Exploratory Topic program aims to build on recent progress in the field,[7] with strong emphases on testing/confirming specific hypotheses (rather than focusing only on replication), identification and verifiable control of experimental variables and triggers, more comprehensive diagnostics and analysis, access to broader expertise and capabilities on research teams, and an insistence on peer review and publication in top-tier journals. To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for diverse interdisciplinary teams to obtain convincing empirical evidence of nuclear reactions in an LENR experiment through two possible categories:


A) LENR Experiments: The goal of this potential category would be to conduct LENR experiments through careful selection of specific, testable hypotheses that can be supported or retired upon the collection of correlated, multi-messenger nuclear diagnostics. Proposed LENR experiments would have a well-articulated connection to prior published LENR evidence. Principal Investigators would be expected to have a strong publication record of experimental work in leading journals, and at least one seasoned LENR practitioner (e.g., someone who has conducted and published results on LENR experiments) should be included on the team. Organizations and project teams interested in this potential category would either directly incorporate specialist capabilities described below or anticipate collaborating with one or more Capability Teams.

B) Capability Teams: The goal of this potential category would be to provide specialist support to LENR experiments, including but not limited to nuclear diagnostic detectors and capabilities, materials fabrication, elemental/isotopic sample analysis, statistical analysis, experimental design and related modeling, and calorimetry (note, however, that calorimetry would likely not be acceptable as a sole or primary diagnostic).

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organization, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to participate in this Exploratory Topic. 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.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in July 2022. Once posted, 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; and brief description of your Background, Interest, and Capabilities.

By submitting a response to this Announcement, respondents consent to the publication of the above-referenced information By facilitating and publishing this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E is not endorsing, sponsoring, or otherwise evaluating the qualifications of the individuals and organizations that are self-identifying themselves for placement on this Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E reserves the right to remove any inappropriate responses to this Announcement (including lack of sufficient relevance to, or experience with, the technical topic of the Announcement). 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 Announcement does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final Exploratory Topic, expected to be issued in August 2022 under the FOAs noted at the beginning of this Teaming Partner List, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.


[1] M. Fleischmann and S. Pons, “Electrochemically induced nuclear fusion of deuterium,” J. Electroanal. Chem. Int. Electrochem. 261, 201 (1989); https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-0728(89)80006-3.

[2] For historical accounts of LENR, see, e.g. J. R. Huizenga, Cold Fusion: The Scientific Fiasco of the Century (University of Rochester Press, Rochester, NY, 1993); E. Storms, The Science of Low Energy Nuclear Reaction (World Scientific, Singapore, 2007); S. B. Krivit, Hacking the Atom (Pacific Oaks Press, San Rafael, CA, 2016); and S. B. Krivit, Fusion Fiasco (Pacific Oaks Press, San Rafael, CA, 2016).

[3] See, e.g., https://lenr-canr.org and the bibliographies of the books by Storms and Krivit in footnote 2.

[4] See, e.g., the books by Huizenga and Krivit in footnote 2 for critical discussions of LENR evidence.

[5] https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Default.aspx?Search=nonconventional%20fusion&SearchType=.

[6] https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/low-energy-nuclear-reactions-workshop.

[7] See C.P. Berlinguette et. al., “Revisiting the cold case of cold fusion,” Nature 570, 45 (2019) and references therein, and presentations at the ARPA-E LENR Workshop: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/low-energy-nuclear-reactions-workshop.

Documents

  • LENR Exploratory Topic Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 7/24/2022 09:06 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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DE-FOA-0002835: Request for Information (RFI) on Ultra-Fast-Triggered Semiconductor Devices for Enhanced System Resiliency

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for a potential future ARPA-E research and development program focused on development of materials and device technologies to support advances in grid resiliency and reliability. ARPA-E seeks input from power electronics, optoelectronics, photonics, and other related communities regarding the development and demonstration of next-generation ultra-fast semiconductor devices (potentially light controlled/triggered) for enhanced resiliency and reliability of power electronics systems ranging from kilowatts to gigawatts of power. Consistent with the agency’s mission, ARPA-E is seeking clearly disruptive, novel technologies, early in the R&D cycle, and not integration strategies for existing technologies.

ARPA-E desires input from a broad range of disciplines and fields, including, but not limited to power electronics, photonics, optoelectronics, optical science and microsystems, electrical engineering, circuit design, wide-bandgap and ultra-wide-bandgap materials, semiconductor devices, packaging, module, gate drive design, and others. This includes input from the developers and end-users of such technologies, such as automotive, data centers, solar and wind-interface converter systems, electric motor-driven systems, high/medium voltage transmission/distribution, rail/ship propulsion, HVDC/FACTS, and many others. ARPA-E is particularly interested in how light-triggered, ultra-wide bandgap semiconductors can help U.S. to realize more reliable, resilient, and efficient systems.

This RFI is focused on potential solutions at material/device/module level rather than circuit or system topology development and integration, although system context is desirable.

THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

Respondents shall not include any information in their response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential.

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on 9/9/2022.  

Documents

  • RFI DE-FOA-0002835 Ultra-Fast-Triggered Semiconductor Devices for Enhanced System Resiliency (Last Updated: 8/10/2022 02:17 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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