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-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/10/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002625 Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere (HESTIA) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/20/2021 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002626 Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere SBIR/STTR (HESTIA SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 12/20/2021 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002250 Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/19/2020 09:30 AM ET 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002251 Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management SBIR/STTR (SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/19/2020 09:30 AM ET 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000039 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Funding Opportunity Announcement: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000056 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an existing Topic: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas: SF6-Free Routes for Electrical Equipment Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000044 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management Teaming Partner List

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

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

Targeted Topics:

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

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

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

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

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

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

G: Reserved

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

T: Reserved

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

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


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 20 (Last Updated: 11/8/2021 02:05 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:42 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:15 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/12/2019 03:10 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 04:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:07 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:00 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:22 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:18 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:49 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 10:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 02:51 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:13 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953_Modification 17_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:28 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 18 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 09:58 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:52 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Full Application

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

Submission Deadlines

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Documents

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • HESTIA Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/5/2021 02:44 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/20/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

Documents

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

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Concept Paper

  • HESTIA SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 11/5/2021 03:34 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 12/20/2021 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002250: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM)

The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%,[1] and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.

The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953,[2] aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production[3] and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.


[1] Assuming a 30% reduction in nitrogen inputs and nitrous oxide emissions for corn-grain ethanol and ~100 kg/acre/year increase in soil carbon across the projected 5 Quadrillion Btu capacity for terrestrial biofuel feedstocks.

[2] DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas, Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

[3] USDA Economic Research Service. Corn production costs and returns per planted acre, excluding Government payments. For the base survey of 2016, the U.S. average for net value of production less overhead and operating costs ranged from -$45 to -$75 per acre.

Documents

  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 6/11/2020 03:33 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SMARTFARM CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:14 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/10/2020 02:36 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:21 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 10:49 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

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

Full Application

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

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

DE-FOA-0002251: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management SBIR/STTR (SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR)

The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%,[1] and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.

The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953,[2] aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production[3] and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.


[1] Assuming a 30% reduction in nitrogen inputs and nitrous oxide emissions for corn-grain ethanol and ~100 kg/acre/year increase in soil carbon across the projected 5 Quadrillion Btu capacity for terrestrial biofuel feedstocks.

[2] DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas, Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

[3] USDA Economic Research Service. Corn production costs and returns per planted acre,excluding Government payments. For the base survey of 2016, the U.S. average for net value of production less overhead and operating costs ranged from -$45 to -$75 per acre.

Documents

  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 6/11/2020 03:36 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SMARFARM SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/10/2020 02:38 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:23 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 10:51 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

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

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:59 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:57 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 6/18/2020 05:12 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:02 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:05 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:05 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:07 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:07 PM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

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

RFI-0000039: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for Funding Opportunity Announcement: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E), concurrently with this Teaming Partner List Announcement, is issuing a new Targeted Topic under Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) DE‐FOA‐0001953 and DE‐FOA‐0001954 to (1) focus attention of technical and research communities on the challenges and benefits of establishing "ground truth" sites in feedstock production environments as a means to validate emerging sensors and sensor systems capable of quantifying field-level emissions, (2) encourage dialogue amongst technology developers, feedstock producers and relevant agricultural stakeholders about leveraging these field sites, and (3) provide a timetable for the submission of Full Applications.

Ethanol and other bio-based fuels have the potential to provide an emissions-free source of energy on a net basis, but not without a shift in feedstock production practices. Current feedstock production practices are driven by yield, and low profit margins leave feedstock growers with limited options for increasing productivity; often, this comes in the form of over-fertilization, which produces unnecessary emissions, impacts water quality, and has uncertain returns (e.g. an estimated $267–702 million dollars of fertilizer value is lost each year ). While these impacts become clear when aggregated to the regional or national scale, field-level contributions remain unknown. This lack of visibility, combined with the absence of economic incentives beyond yield, leaves feedstock producers to estimate and assume the risk of new management practices to their primary revenue stream (i.e. yield). By establishing sites and protocols for measuring the impact of management practices on both yield and the environment, this funding opportunity aims to bridge the technology gap between feedstock producers and existing market incentives that can de-risk sustainable management practices and defray the cost of monitoring their impact.

ARPA-E will provide financial support to teams that include production farms that could market directly to ethanol and other biofuel producers to develop datasets of current production inputs (e.g. fertilizer, chemicals, fuel) and outcomes (e.g. yield, emissions, water quality) in a commercial production environment. In doing so, this funding opportunity aims to fund the creation of "gold-standard" datasets to (i) pilot data capture and transfer methods for supply-chain-wide LCA, (ii) validate new, low-cost technology approaches to measuring and improving feedstock production efficiency, and (iii) provide new high-resolution data to the R&D community for technology development (e.g. remote sensing to reduce physical footprint of high-resolution monitoring; new modeling, prediction and extrapolation techniques). ARPA–E held a workshop on this topic in February 2018; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/energy-smart-farm-distributed-intelligence-networks-highly-variable-and-resource).

ARPA-E seeks to fund the development of "ground truth" solutions that establish measurements and protocols for emissions monitoring at the field level and provide agronomic insight. The primary goal of this targeted topic is to fund project teams to establish publically available open-source, high-resolution datasets to support testing and validation of emerging biofuel production monitoring technologies.

In order to realize the goals of this program, expertise in the following areas may be useful:

(i) Establishing a data protocol for quantifying field-level emissions, including soil carbon storage; (ii) Developing clear methods for assessing commercial solutions for emissions quantification at the field level; (iii) Garnering stakeholder input and collaboration across the supply chain. (iv) Securing and sharing field-level datasets both during and after the period of performance; (v) Engaging community members across the energy-water-food nexus to share best practices, collaborate on technology challenges, and encourage data standardization and transparency.

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in September 2019. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Announcement does not constitute a FOA. Applicants must refer to the final Targeted Topic issued under DE‐FOA‐0001953 and DE‐FOA‐0001954, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000056: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an existing Topic: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas: SF6-Free Routes for Electrical Equipment

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) has issued a new Topic for the FOAs “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas” (DE-FOA-0001953) and “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR” (DE-FOA-0001954) to solicit applications for financial assistance in support of technology development aimed at reducing SF6 emissions from the electric transmission and distribution sector.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate collaborations among performing teams, including the testing and resource support teams, to respond to the Topic. Please see the Topic under each FOA noted above for specific Program goals, technical metrics, selection criteria and Topic terms. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes the Topic:

Today, the electric grid in the United States is responsible for distributing over 4 trillion kWh per year of electricity from generators to consumers. It forms an integrated network that has become an indispensable asset to the nation’s economy, infrastructure, and security. The physical infrastructure of this network depends on a combination of specialized equipment including transformers, switchgear, circuit breakers, converters, switches, circuit switches, and coupling capacitor potential devices. A critical component for the safety and reliability of the electric grid is a man-made gas, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). In 1937, GE introduced SF6 as an insulation gas in the electric industry; since then, SF6 has become ubiquitous in medium-voltage (MV) and high-voltage (HV) equipment. Among its many key attributes are its intrinsic non-toxic, non-corrosive, and non-flammable nature, in addition to its superior stability over a wide operating window, good thermal conductivity, high dielectric strength, and excellent arc quenching capabilities. These properties make it particularly amenable as an insulating and arc-quenching gas in electrical equipment.1 As a result, over 90% of gas-insulated switchgear globally uses SF6 as the insulating gas.2 However, SF6 emissions from the electric transmission and distribution sector pose a significant climate risk as a potent and long-lived greenhouse gas (GHG). One ton of SF6 emitted to the atmosphere has an equivalent 100-year global warming potential (GWP) of 22,800-26,700 tons of carbon dioxide and has an estimated atmospheric lifetime of 3,200 years.3 As the U.S. and individual states set increasingly ambitious emissions targets, emissions of all GHGs, particularly from the electric grid, will be scrutinized. Furthermore, regulations being considered in places like California and the EU aim to completely phase out SF6 from electrical equipment, necessarily setting a timeline to develop alternative solutions to SF6-insulated equipment. Alternative solutions developed today could define the market for decades to come, both in the US and globally.


To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for diverse interdisciplinary teams to foster research and development of alternative technologies which substitute SF6 in gas-insulated equipment (GIE) with alternative gases or gas mixtures, vacuum-based technologies, and/or address SF6 emissions across the life cycle of the equipment. Within the scope of this program and as further described in the FOA documents, ARPA-E expects to evaluate the viability and risks associated with alternative gas solutions, identify potential new alternative gases or gas mixtures that meet or exceed the performance of SF6 at a GWP approximately equal to CO2, accelerate development and testing of vacuum-dry air or vacuum-solid dielectric technologies for high voltage (at or above 245 kV) applications, design sensors that enable earlier leak detection, and create new pathways for the permanent fixation or destruction of SF6 for end-of-life disposal.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages different organizations with outstanding scientists and engineers, and across different scientific disciplines and technology sectors to participate in this Program. Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible.The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (http://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in June 2021. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (http://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in June 2021. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.Any organization that would like to be included on the Teaming Partner list should complete all required fields in the following link: https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name; Contact Name; Contact Address; Contact Email; Contact Phone; Organization Type; Area of Technical Expertise; and Brief Description of Capabilities.By submitting a response to this Notice, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA–E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify themselves for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA–E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted via email or other means will not be considered.

Applicants must refer to the Topic, issued in May 2021 under DE-FOA-0001953 and DE-FOA-0001954, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


1. Wang, Y., et al. Processes. 2019, 7, 216.

2. Gas-Insulated Switchgear Market Global Forecast to 2025. MarketsandMarkets. 2020. [Accessed April 2021].

3. Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2015. https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2017-02/documents/2017_annex_6.pdf [Accessed March 26, 2021]; Hodnebrog, O., et al. Reviews of Geophysics. 2019, 58, e2019RG000691


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RFI-0000044: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E), concurrently with this Teaming Partner List Announcement, is issuing new Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA) DE‐FOA‐0002250 & DE-FOA-0002251 to deploy and demonstrate the functionality of technology solutions capable of producing effective quantification of (1) feedstock-related N2O emissions and/or (2) soil carbon storage at the field level. ARPA-E anticipates such quantification will require a “system of systems” to include, but not be limited to, in-field sensors, UAV and satellite imagery, agronomic data, and modeling/simulation tools. The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates.

U.S. agriculture has the potential to produce ~5 quads of energy in the form of biofuels, and with new innovations throughout the biofuel supply chain, these fuels could become carbon negative. Reaching this potential and achieving greater carbon reductions requires that feedstock producers adopt new technologies and management practices that simultaneously improve yield, drive down production associated emissions, and enhance carbon sequestration in soils. To facilitate the adoption of these new technologies and practices for improved carbon management, feedstock producers need incentives beyond yield. While carbon management incentive structures exist elsewhere in the biofuel supply chain, they do not extend to feedstock production because monitoring and verification of feedstock production emissions is too costly to conduct at the field level. Instead, all feedstock producers are assumed to produce the same amount of emissions— the national average —despite significant variations in actual emissions when moving to state or regional averages, let alone field-level estimates.

ARPA-E intends to provide financial support to teams proposing to deploy novel sensing systems for quantification of feedstock-related N2O emissions or soil carbon storage that meet the metrics specified in the FOAs. If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program are expected to catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%. A precursor to the SMARTFARM program is an ARPA-E effort -- described in Topic H of DE-FOA-0001953 -- which aims to fund the establishment of publicly available, high-resolution datasets to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. The sensor technologies developed under the SMARTFARM program will be subjected to rigorous testing in relevant deployment scenarios (> 80 acres), and the project teams funded under SMARTFARM will have the opportunity to partner with project teams funded under Topic H of DE-FOA-0001953 to deploy and validate the new sensor technologies. ARPA–E held a workshop on the anticipated SMARTFARM program in February 2018; information on this workshop can be found at the webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=workshop/energy-smart-farm-distributed-intelligence-networks-highly-variable-and-resource).

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

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in December 2019. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

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

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

This Announcement does not constitute a FOA. Applicants must refer to DE‐FOA‐0002250 & DE-FOA-0002251 for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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