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 Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0002166: Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019 (SCALEUP)

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

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

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

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


[1] 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(a-c)

[2] Id.

Documents

  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:14 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SCALEUP Preliminary Application FOA (Last Updated: 12/17/2019 03:23 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 1 (Last Updated: 1/31/2020 02:55 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 03:59 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP Modification 03 (Last Updated: 4/22/2020 07:14 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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

View Template Application Documents

Pre-Application

  • SCALEUP - Preliminary Application (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:54 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:18 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Statement of Work (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:54 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - SF-424A (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:23 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Business Assurances and Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:52 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances and Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:27 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 09:15 AM ET)

Full Application

  • SCALEUP Fast-Track Memo Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:21 PM ET)
  • Project Plan Volume (Last Updated: 9/3/2020 09:47 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:30 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:30 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 7/9/2020 05:57 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:31 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:40 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:40 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:41 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 10/27/2020 11:12 AM ET)

Contact Information

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

Submission Deadlines

  • Preliminary Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/25/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Preliminary Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/4/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/9/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/27/2020 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2020 5:00 PM ET