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  DE-FOA-0002355 Request for Information (RFI) on Identifications and Quantification of Electronic Waste (e-waste) in Municipal Solid Waste Streams Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0002355: Request for Information (RFI) on Identifications and Quantification of Electronic Waste (e-waste) in Municipal Solid Waste Streams

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration for potential future ARPA-E research programs focused on highly energy efficient conversion of e-waste into usable manufacturing materials. ARPA-E is interested e-waste management/conversion ideas across the entire supply chain of e-waste and its impact on municipal solid waste, including classification, collection, identification, sorting, and reclamation of materials. Such e-waste reclamation research and development could result in the development and deployment of advanced energy technologies, enhancing the economic and energy of the United States, while reducing imports of foreign-sourced energy, and reduction of energy-related emissions.

Please carefully review the REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES. Please note, in particular, that the information you provide will be used by ARPA-E solely for program planning, without attribution. THIS IS A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ONLY. THIS NOTICE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A FUNDING OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT (FOA). NO FOA EXISTS AT THIS TIME.

Purpose and Need for Information

The purpose of this RFI is solely to solicit input for ARPA-E consideration to inform the possible formulation of future research programs. ARPA-E will not provide funding or compensation for any information submitted in response to this RFI, and ARPA-E may use information submitted to this RFI without any attribution to the source. This RFI provides the broad research community with an opportunity to contribute views and opinions.


No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Respondents should clearly mark any information in the response to this RFI that might be considered proprietary or confidential. Information labeled proprietary or confidential will not be released by DOE but may be used to inform ARPA-E’s planning.

Depending on the responses to this RFI, ARPA‐E may consider the rapid initiation of one or more funded collaborative projects to accelerate along the path towards commercial deployment of the energy technologies described generally above.

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on June 5, 2020. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:
  • Please insert “Responses for e-waste RFI” in the subject line of your email, and include your name, title, organization, type of organization (e.g. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO), etc.), email address, telephone number, and area of expertise in the body of your email.
  • Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 10 pages in length (12-point font size).
  • Responders are strongly encouraged to include preliminary results, data, and figures that describe their potential methodologies.
  • ARPA-E is not interested in information related to topics such as process logistics improvement, manual separation etc.


  • RFI DE-FOA-0002355 e-Waste (Last Updated: 4/30/2020 03:36 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD