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  DE-FOA-0002690 Support Grants For Participation in ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 3 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/5/2022 09:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0002690: Support Grants For Participation in ARPA-E Grid Optimization (GO) Competition Challenge 3

The purpose of this FOA is to fund research and development of solution techniques that will be used by awardees to compete in Challenge 3 of the Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. The GO Competition is a series of prize challenges to accelerate the development and comprehensive evaluation of grid software solutions. The GO Competition, Challenge 3, is an algorithm competition focused on the optimal power flow (OPF) problem for the electric power sector that includes AC power flow, optimal topology, bid-in demand, unit commitment, and N-1 reliability. Awardees under this FOA will be required to participate in Challenge 3. As described in detail in Appendix A to this FOA and on the GO Competition website (, Challenge 3 is anticipated to launch in the Spring of 2022. Participation in the GO Competition Challenge 3 will be open to anyone that satisfies the applicable requirements in the Rules Document on the GO Competition website (, not just those awarded under ARPA-E DE-FOA-0002690.

The purpose of this FOA is to provide grants: (i) to further incentivize and identify innovative research for solution methods applicable to Challenge 3, and (ii) to enable broader diversity in team domain expertise, i.e., to encourage teams to participate that do not traditionally focus on the particular problems that are targeted but otherwise have innovative approaches for this class of optimization problems. While Challenge 3 focuses on a power systems problem, the Challenge and this FOA target a much broader audience (e.g., those specialized in operations research, applied mathematics, optimization methods and algorithms, controls, etc.).


  • Grid Optimization Challenge 3 FOA (Last Updated: 2/16/2022 10:58 AM ET)

Application Forms and Templates

The following forms and templates may be used as part of the application submission. Note that these forms and templates do not necessarily constitute all the documents required for a complete application. Please refer to the 'Application and Submission Information' of the published announcement to learn more about the required application content requirements.

Full Application

  • Grid Optimization FOA Challenge 3 Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 2/16/2022 12:24 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/1/2022 11:25 AM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook (Last Updated: 2/16/2022 12:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 2/16/2022 12:35 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan Template (Last Updated: 2/16/2022 12:41 PM ET)

Contact Information

    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-Eā€™s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
    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

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/5/2022 9:30 AM ET