ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities


There is an urgent need to accelerate energy crop development for the production of renewable transportation fuels from biomass. Recent technological advancements have now made it possible to extract massive volumes of genetic, physiological, and environmental data from certain crops, but, even with these resources, the data still cannot be processed into the knowledge needed to predict crop performance in the field.   The overall objective of the TERRA program is to develop tools that enable an increase in the rate and extent of genetic improvement of the yield of bioenergy crops grown in the field. If successful, the program will enhance land use efficiency, reduce competition between bioenergy and food crops, improve environmental sustainability, and provide a more stable supply of biomass for transportation fuels and bio-refineries.

ARPA-E seeks multidisciplinary teams to leverage advancements in automation, sensor technologies, computational analytics and low-cost nucleotide sequencing and develop innovative phenotyping systems that enable (a) new predictive algorithms for plant growth, (b) more detailed measurements for plant physiology, and (c) more sophisticated bioinformatics pipelines for gene discovery and trait association. TERRA will enable breeders to evaluate more individual plants, to select appropriate plants for breeding earlier in the growing season, to capture better information about them during their development, and to associate this information with the best genes to propagate.

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here: - TERRA


  • TERRA FOA - Full Application - MOD 02 - 02.02.2015 (Last Updated: 2/2/2015 05:56 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • TERRA FOA - Full Application - MOD 01 - 01.21.2015 (Last Updated: 1/21/2015 04:00 PM ET)
  • TERRA FOA - Concept Papers - 10.01.2014 (Last Updated: 10/1/2014 04:26 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.

View Application Forms and Templates

Concept Paper

  • TERRA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 10/1/2014 04:35 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:01 PM ET)
  • TERRA - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 1/21/2015 04:06 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 2/11/2015 04:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Guidance (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:02 PM ET)
  • TERRA Robotics and Breeding Workbook (Last Updated: 1/21/2015 04:09 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:02 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:02 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:02 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:03 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 1/20/2015 04:03 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: 11/17/2014 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 3/2/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 4/13/2015 12:00 PM ET – 4/15/2015 11:59 PM ET