Questions Regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements

Please contact the ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 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.

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ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0000882: MODERN ELECTRO/THERMOCHEMICAL ADVANCES IN LIGHT-METAL SYSTEMS (METALS)

This program seeks to fund transformative new technologies for the primary processing of light metals (Al, Mg, and Ti) and for their cost effective, domestic recycling.  These metals are widely viewed as essential to achieving substantial energy savings and reduced carbon emissions through lightweighting in both automotive and aircraft applications; however their widespread adoption will only be realized when they are produced with lower costs, less energy consumption, and reduced carbon emissions so that they are competitive with incumbent structural metals - steel and stainless steel. Of particular interest to primary light metal production are integrated system approaches that allow for one or more of the following operational characteristics: variable energy inputs (including renewable energy), high temperature heat recovery, high temperature thermal storage, and use of domestically abundant ores.  Of particular interest to light metal recycling are transformative technologies and processes that enable rapid, high precision, and automated sorting of metals and alloys that are or can be integrated with high efficiency secondary light metal production.  Innovative concepts focused on energy intensive and/or high cost stages of both the primary and secondary production processes will also be considered.

The impact of technologies successfully emerging from the program will be to provide substantial benefits germane to the ARPA-E mission, including reduced domestic energy consumption, reduced emissions, and a technological lead in advanced light metal production technologies.  These technologies could have both a transformative and disruptive impact on the global structural metals market.

METALS FOA Modification 001 was released on 3/27/13
METALS FOA Modification 002 was released on 5/21/13

Documents

  • Teaming_List_METALS_2013-05-03 (Last Updated: 5/3/2013 12:48 PM ET)
  • 20130521_METALS_FOA_-_Modification_002 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:21 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • Technical_Milestones_&_Deliverables_-_Instructions_&_Examples_-_05_21_13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:03 PM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:04 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:04 PM ET)
  • Other_Sources_of_Funding_Disclosure_Form_-_Sample_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:04 PM ET)
  • Other_Sources_of_Funding_Disclosure_Form_(Fillable)_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:05 PM ET)
  • Business_Assurances_Form_-_Sample_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:05 PM ET)
  • Business_Assurances_Form_(Fillable)_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:05 PM ET)
  • Replies_to_Reviewer_Comments_Template_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:05 PM ET)
  • Summary_For_Public_Release_(Template)__-_05_02_13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:06 PM ET)
  • Technical_Volume_Template_06-11-13 (Last Updated: 6/11/2013 10:11 AM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_SF-424A_Updated_5-6-13 (Last Updated: 6/7/2013 10:57 AM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Guidance_2013_5-29-13 (Last Updated: 5/29/2013 04:34 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

  • Concept_Paper_Template (Last Updated: 4/16/2013 09:33 AM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    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. ARPA-E will cease to accept questions approximately 5 business days in advance of each submission deadline. Responses to questions received before the cutoff will be posted approximately one business day in advance of the submission deadline. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/8/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/6/2013 5:00 PM ET – 8/9/2013 5:00 PM ET