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  DE-FOA-0001428 INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT IN ENERGY-RELATED APPLIED SCIENCE (IDEAS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 9/30/2017 05:00 PM ET TBD


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)

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.

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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-Eā€™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