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  DE-FOA-0002337 Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/5/2020 09:30 AM ET 8/31/2020 09:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0002337: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE)

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 ºC in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.


  • ULTIMATE FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:49 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ULTIMATE CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 01:58 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.

Concept Paper

  • ULTIMATE Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:03 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:03 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:04 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:08 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:08 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:09 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:10 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:11 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:12 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:12 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:13 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: 6/5/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/2/2020 5:00 PM ET – 10/8/2020 5:00 PM ET