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

DE-FOA-0000290: Grid-Scale Rampable Intermittent Dispatchable Storage (GRIDS)

ARPA-E seeks to develop new technologies to enable the widespread deployment of cost-effective grid-scale energy storage. While many valuable applications for grid-scale storage exist, this program focuses on developing energy storage technologies to balance the short-duration variability in renewable generation. By investing in the development of grid-scale energy storage technology, this funding opportunity will allow the U.S. to assume global technology and manufacturing leadership in the emerging and potentially massive global market for stationary electricity storage infrastructure.  This program seeks to develop revolutionary new storage systems that provide energy, cost, and cycle life comparable to pumped hydropower, but which are modular and can be widely implemented at any location across the power grid. Specifically, two areas will be considered: 1) proof of concept storage component projects focused on validating new, over-the-horizon electrical energy storage concepts, and 2) advanced system prototypes that address critical shortcomings of existing grid-scale energy storage technologies.   Ultimately, technologies developed through this program will be scalable to the megawatt and megawatt-hour levels of power and energy capacity. This program will complement other Department of Energy grid-scale energy storage efforts by focusing on technology prototyping and proof-of-concept R&D efforts rather than pilot demonstration projects. 


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Contact Information

  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.govfor questions regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements
    • Every Friday at 12 PM EST, ARPA-E will post responses to any questions that were received before Thursday at 12 PM EST. (Questions received after Thursday at 12 PM EST will be answered the following week). Responses are posted to "frequently Asked Questions" (see hyperlink below).
    • All questions must be submitted at least 48 hours before the submission deadline. ARPA-E will post responses to last-minute questions approximately 24 hours in advance of the deadline.
  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.govfor questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/3/2010 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/24/2010 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/18/2010 2:00 PM ET – 6/22/2010 5:00 PM ET