Questions Regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements

Please contact the 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.


ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities


This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. IDEAS awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with information useful for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. IDEAS awards may also support proof-of-concept research to develop a unique technology concept, either in an area not currently supported by the agency or as a potential enhancement to an ongoing focused technology program. Applications must propose concepts that are not covered by open ARPA-E focused FOAs and that also do not represent incremental improvements over existing technology.

IDEAS awards are defined as single-phase efforts of durations 12 months or less with a total project cost of $500,000 or less and will be issued through Grants.

This FOA is a continuation of the IDEAS Program initially announced in September 2013 and continued for a second year in September 2014. ARPA-E continues to view the IDEAS program as a success and therefore plans to extend this FOA on an annual basis, based on the availability of funds.


  • IDEAS - Concept Paper FOA - MOD 02 - 09.06.2016 (Last Updated: 9/6/2016 09:46 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • IDEAS - Concept Paper FOA - MOD 01 - 02.16.2016 (Last Updated: 2/16/2016 05:55 PM ET)
  • IDEAS FOA - Concept Paper - 10.06.2015 (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 12:00 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

  • IDEAS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/6/2015 01:04 PM ET)

Contact Information

    Applicants may submit questions regarding ARPA-E eXCHANGE, ARPA-E’s online application portal, to ARPA-E will promptly respond to emails that raise legitimate, technical issues with ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
    ARPA-E will refer any questions regarding the FOA to

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 9/30/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD