ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

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  DE-FOA-0002641 SEEDING CRITICAL ADVANCES FOR LEADING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/20/2022 09:30 AM ET 4/27/2022 09:30 AM ET


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

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

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

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

[1] 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(a-c)

[2] Id.


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

Previous Versions

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

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.

Concept Paper

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

Full Application

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

Contact Information

    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’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

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