Questions Regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements

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

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

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ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0002459 OPEN 2021 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/6/2021 09:30 AM ET 8/31/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002504 Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year (REMEDY) Methane Emissions Abatement Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/21/2021 09:30 AM ET 8/25/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002505 Reducing Emissions of Methane Every Day of the Year SBIR/STTR (REMEDY SBIR/STTR) Methane Emissions Abatement Program Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/21/2021 09:30 AM ET 8/25/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/23/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/23/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002530 Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems (ONWARDS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/9/2021 09:30 AM ET 10/7/2021 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002531 Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems SBIR/STTR (ONWARDS SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/9/2021 09:30 AM ET 10/7/2021 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000055 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems (ONWARDS) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000057 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Carbon Negative Buildings Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000058 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002577 Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002577 on Engineered Strategies for Net-Negative Emissions Pathways via Enhanced Terrestrial Ecosystems Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0002459: OPEN 2021

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


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


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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

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

Full Application

  • OPEN 2021 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:05 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:14 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:36 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:39 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:39 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:40 PM ET)
  • Software Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/20/2021 02:10 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2021 04:41 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

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

Full Application

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

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

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

Full Application

  • REMEDY SBIR/STTR Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 04:58 PM ET)
  • LCA and LCCA Workbook (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:09 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification /SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:11 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:12 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosure Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:16 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:59 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/12/2021 05:17 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

G: Reserved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T: Reserved

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


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:52 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:42 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:15 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/12/2019 03:10 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 04:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:07 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:00 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:22 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:18 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:49 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 10:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 02:51 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:13 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953_Modification 17_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:28 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 18 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 09:58 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:08 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook (Last Updated: 3/6/2020 02:37 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:28 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:30 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:35 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 03:42 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0001954: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

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

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

D. Reserved

E. Reserved

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

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

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

I. Reserved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 20 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:54 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:39 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 2/15/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 05:08 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:09 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 8/7/2019 03:14 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:12 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 3/4/2020 05:24 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:46 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:33 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:53 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 11:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 03:57 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:03 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:18 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 17 (Last Updated: 1/22/2021 12:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954_Modification 18_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:50 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 10:00 AM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Full Application

  • Topic T: Technical Volume (Fixed Amount Grant) (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:25 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/22/2021 01:12 PM ET)
  • Topic T: SF-424A (Fixed Amount Grant) (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook SBIR-STTR (Last Updated: 9/28/2020 03:09 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:13 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:06 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 04:05 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

Required Application Documents

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

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Concept Paper

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

Full Application

  • ONWARDS - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:45 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:45 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:15 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 8/24/2021 04:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:47 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:48 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:49 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:50 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 8/23/2021 04:51 PM ET)

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

Documents

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

Previous Versions

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

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Concept Paper

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

Full Application

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

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    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements. ARPA-E will post responses on a weekly basis to any questions that are received. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

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

RFI-0000055: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Optimizing Nuclear Waste and Advanced Reactor Disposal Systems (ONWARDS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is considering a program to promote advanced nuclear energy by addressing significant challenges on the back end of advanced nuclear reactor (AR) fuel cycles. Specifically, the potential program would seek to develop and demonstrate technologies that will significantly improve the disposal impact of used nuclear fuel (UNF) and other waste streams stemming from the implementation of AR fuel cycles. This R&D would enable proliferation-resistant fuel cycles for ARs with an emphasis on minimizing the impact of fuel cycle wastes.

Overall goals for the potential program include:

  • an order of magnitude reduction in waste volumes or repository footprint with no weakening of safeguards standards
  • development of safeguards technologies for AR UNF processing for which there is no existing economically and/or technically viable solution for in-process fissile mass measurement of better than 1% accuracy
  • proliferation-resistant recycling of uranium (U) and transuranic (TRU) materials for new AR fuel stock that produce less than 0.1% actinides in waste stream
  • high durability waste forms for AR UNF (e.g., TRi-structural ISOtropic particle (TRISO) fuel, metallic fuel, molten salt fuel) across multiple disposal environments

Three technological areas have been identified as offering the most likely avenues to achieving substantial improvements in disposal impact for AR fuel cycles. A fourth category is included to capture breakthrough technologies that do not fit into the three listed technological areas, but that could nonetheless significantly improve the disposal impact of UNF. These four categories are:

  1. Process solutions: This technology area includes process improvements that significantly minimize waste volumes, improve intrinsic proliferation resistance of actinide separations, increase resource utilization efficiency, and bolster commercialization. 
  2. Safeguards solutions: This technology area includes improved sensor and data fusion technologies that will allow for accurate and timely accounting of nuclear materials.
  3. Waste form solutions: This technology area includes waste forms solution for AR fuel cycles with a particular emphasis on waste forms for waste streams from pyroprocessing of UNF or spent fuel from Molten Salt Reactors (MSRs).
  4. Other solutions: This category is provided for technologies which do not clearly fall into the above three categories. A compelling case must exist that the technology will deliver significant improvements to the fuel cycle disposal impact.

Since the exact nature of the back end of future AR fuel cycles is both undetermined and likely to evolve over time as ARs are deployed and technologies are updated, technologies that can span multiple AR fuel cycles and disposal concepts while achieving otherwise high performance would be of significant interest to this potential program. Further, while this potential program would require proposed technologies be specific to AR fuel cycle concepts, technologies with backwards compatibility with existing commercial light-water reactor (LWR) fuel cycle wastes would also be of significant interest.

ARPA–E held a workshop on these topics on December 2, 2020. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/reducing-impact-used-nuclear-fuel-advanced-reactors-workshop).

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

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

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

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

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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DE-FOA-0002577: Request for Information (RFI) DE-FOA-0002577 on Engineered Strategies for Net-Negative Emissions Pathways via Enhanced Terrestrial Ecosystems

In order to avoid the most severe impacts of climate change, there is near unanimous consensus within the scientific community that global temperature rise must be held below 2 degrees Celsius. While limiting harmful greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonizing the global economy are vital steps toward achieving this goal, current projections indicate a need for an additional 20 GT/year of negative emissions capacity by 2100[1]. Realizing this magnitude of negative emissions capacity will be an enormous challenge, but it will also be a notable opportunity to lay the groundwork for an entirely new sector of economic activity and resource allocation. ARPA-E recognizes that the immense scale of this new carbon dioxide removal (CDR) industry will require a diverse suite of solutions, each of which comes with unique advantages and disadvantages in terms of sequestration potential, commercial readiness, cost, and energy efficiency. Among these solutions, terrestrial ecosystems offer a relatively near-term, large-scale, and energy-efficient sink for atmospheric carbon.

There are two broad categories of carbon removal via terrestrial systems: aboveground and belowground. Belowground, soil carbon sequestration via available technologies is estimated to be around 3 Gt/year globally1, and advances in land management and related disciplines have the potential to significantly increase soil carbon uptake. Aboveground, sustainably produced biomass can offer long-term removal in place (e.g., forests), or be coupled with Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pathways to provide negative-emissions energy resources. ARPA-E is interested in both aboveground and belowground solutions and is seeking information related to low-energy, low-cost, and large-scale technologies and strategies for terrestrial carbon dioxide removal, management, and sequestration, or “carbon farming.” ARPA-E is primarily interested in approaches targeting agricultural or fallow lands; however, any approaches that target terrestrial carbon sequestration or feedstock crop engineering for improved BECCS pathways are of interest at this time regardless of land type.

When considering the pros and cons of different CDR approaches, a significant metric for ARPA-E is the energy input requirement per ton of CO2 removed. The energy input requirements for CDR range from practically zero, in the case of ecological carbon cycling, to up to 10 GJ per ton of atmospheric CO2 removed for Direct Air Capture (DAC) 1. In the case of BECCS systems, the net energy requirement could eventually go negative when enhanced terrestrial removal is combined with efficient energy production and geologic storage. Given the magnitude of negative emissions capacity required, DAC remains attractive as a guaranteed option for addressing hard-to-abate emissions, but a tremendous amount of emissions-free energy would be required for DAC to address even a fraction of the removal capacity needed to meet global climate targets. Meanwhile, billions of hectares of land are already contributing to the global carbon cycle and have the capacity to increase their carbon uptake by a substantial amount due to carbon depletion over the last 12,000 years[2]. While there is no doubt that DAC and other energy-intensive CDR approaches will be required to stay below 2 degrees Celsius, leveraging low-cost (both economically and energetically) solutions such as carbon farming and/or energy positive carbon removal via BECCS keeps the overall cost of removal low and frees up emissions-free energy resources to address other sectors in need of decarbonization. In addition to the broad climate and energy benefits of terrestrial carbon sequestration, increasing the concentration of carbon in terrestrial biomes can also ameliorate the general health and productivity of U.S agriculture, reducing the need for energy-intensive fertilizers and irrigation systems.

Increasing soil organic carbon levels is a promising and widely supported method of carbon farming; however, other technologies that seek to sequester carbon through increased plant and root biomass via enhanced photosynthesis are also of interest provided they are accompanied by management strategies that ensure net-negative emissions. For example, cover crop adoption has the potential to confer enhanced carbon removal rates, and these crops could be engineered to minimize input (e.g., fertilizer) requirements while maximizing carbon removal for net-negative emissions outcomes. Additionally, geochemical approaches that can store carbon in inorganic and/or mineral forms (e.g., charcoal, organic carbon occluded in silica phytoliths, calcium oxalate, calcium carbonate) are of interest if they have the potential to reach GT-scale negative emissions on an annual basis and align with a sustainable management strategy. For these and other carbon farming approaches, the ability to estimate the duration of carbon removal (e.g., 100 years) and identify influencing factors (e.g., management practices) is essential to determining the relative impact and value of these approaches when compared to the broader suite of CDR options.

Establishing new agriculture and bioeconomy industries around the commodification of negative emissions is a unique opportunity to address climate change while stimulating economic growth and advancing critical technologies; however, it is essential to consider how the implementation and expansion of carbon farming approaches can be designed to enable negative emissions without introducing perverse incentives that would impose a negative impact on communities, crop yields, food production, energy demand, or ecosystem services. Part of the solution to establishing a negative emissions industry that avoids perverse incentives is to pursue both parallel and exclusive approaches to carbon farming. Parallel approaches increase soil carbon indirectly via improved agricultural techniques and management practices. In this approach, farmers benefit primarily from increased productivity and improved soil quality with carbon sequestration as a positive secondary benefit. Exclusive approaches, on the other hand, target carbon sequestration directly, enabling farmers to profit primarily and explicitly from capturing carbon with the potential for secondary profits via aboveground biomass production.

ARPA-E is seeking insight into both parallel and exclusive approaches to terrestrial carbon removal and sequestration, including, but not limited to, approaches that employ recent advancements in biological, geochemical, or hybrid technologies. Additionally, ARPA-E is requesting information on how agriculture systems and feedstock crops may be engineered and bred to better feed into economically viable BECCS pathways for large-scale, near-term carbon removal opportunities.

Table 1, included in the questions below, outlines some of the broad approaches that have been identified as promising methods of carbon farming. ARPA-E requests responses to this RFI include the information specified in this table, to include innovative approaches to carbon farming that are capable of delivering significant (e.g., 2X) increases in the carbon removal potential of terrestrial ecosystems. ARPA-E is not interested in approaches that are presently available and do not present a specific technical challenge (e.g., low/no-till, rotational grazing). More detailed questions with respect to the specific mechanisms that would enhance carbon removal via terrestrial biomes can be found below Table 1. The most valuable submissions to this RFI will include non-proprietary information related to specific technical processes such as those illustrated in Table 1 as well as responses to the detailed questions about scalability and related environmental and economic impacts.

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 October 22, 2021.

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

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


[1] National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2019. Negative Emissions Technologies and Reliable Sequestration: A Research Agenda. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/25259.

[2] Sanderman, Jonathan, Tomislav Hengl, and Gregory J. Fiske. "Soil carbon debt of 12,000 years of human land use." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114.36 (2017): 9575-9580.

Documents

  • RFI DE-FOA-0002577_Carbon Farming (Last Updated: 9/8/2021 10:26 AM ET)
  • Carbon Farming RFI Table Template (Last Updated: 9/8/2021 10:26 AM ET)

Submission Deadlines

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