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ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001726: MACROALGAE RESEARCH INSPIRING NOVEL ENERGY RESOURCES (MARINER)

The United States has the world’s largest marine Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of ocean along the nation’s coast lines which is equivalent to the total land area of all 50 states. The nation has the potential to utilize this resource to build and grow a thriving marine biomass industry for the production of fuels, chemicals, feed, and food. Growing macroalgal biomass in the oceans offers a unique opportunity to sidestep many of the challenges associated with terrestrial biomass production systems, particularly the growing competition for land and freshwater resources, which are likely to result from the 50 to 100% increase in demand for food expected for 2050. The overall goal of this program is to develop the critical tools that will allow the nascent macroalgae industry in the United States to leverage this tremendous resource and grow into a world leader in the production of marine biomass. The program will focus on developing advanced cultivation technologies that enable the cost and energy efficient production of macroalgal biomass in the ocean at a scale suitable as feedstock for the production of fuels and chemicals. The challenge is to dramatically reduce capital and operating cost of macroalgae cultivation, while significantly increasing the range of deployment by expanding into more exposed, off-shore environments. Specifically, this program is interested in new designs and approaches to macroalgae cultivation, with harvesting and transport being an integral part of such systems. These new systems may leverage new material and engineering solutions, and autonomous and robotic operations, as well as advanced sensing and monitoring capabilities. To further accelerate the development and deployment of such systems, the program will also focus on the development of computational modeling tools and ocean- deployable sensor platforms, as well as advanced macroalgal breeding tools. ARPA-E expects that the MARINER program will support development of technologies that will accelerate the deployment of advanced ocean farming systems capable of delivering renewable biomass feedstock at a cost competitive with terrestrial biomass feedstocks.

Documents

  • MARINER FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 6/12/2017 02:58 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MARINER FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 1/4/2017 04:37 PM ET)
  • MARINER FOA - Full Application (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:21 AM 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

  • MARINER FOA - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/16/2016 12:02 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:32 AM ET)
  • MARINER - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:32 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:35 AM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:36 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/31/2017 11:36 AM ET)

Contact Information

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    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: 2/14/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/15/2017 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/28/2017 5:00 PM ET – 8/2/2017 5:00 PM ET