Questions Regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements

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ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001289: NETWORK OPTIMIZED DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SYSTEMS (NODES)

Through the Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) program, ARPA-E will fund the development of innovative and disruptive technologies for real-time management of transmission and distribution networks by system-wide control and coordination of flexible load and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the U.S. electric grid and enable renewables penetration at the 50% level or greater. The objective is to reliably manage, locally or globally, dynamic changes in the grid by leveraging these additional grid resources’ capability to provide ancillary services to the electric grid at different time scales. This will facilitate greater grid resiliency, security, and flexibility, while having minimal impact on customer quality of service (QoS).

The expected system level benefits include net energy savings, reduction of CO2 emissions in power generation by directly offsetting load consumption by renewable energy production, and lowering required operating reserves. Additional savings are expected to be achieved by supporting higher penetration of Distributed Generation (DG) that is expected to reduce energy-delivery losses by delivering energy where it’s needed, and when it’s needed.

A list of potential teaming partners can be found here:https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/TeamingPartners - NODES

Documents

  • NODES FOA - Full Application - MOD 02 - 07.07.2015 (Last Updated: 7/7/2015 02:27 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • NODES FOA - Concept Paper - 02.04.2015 (Last Updated: 2/4/2015 04:35 PM ET)
  • Grid of the Future: Quantification of Benefits from Flexible Energy Resources in Scenarios With Extra-High Penetration of Renewable Energy (Last Updated: 2/4/2015 09:43 PM ET)
  • NODES FOA - Full Application - 06.10.2015 (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:45 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

  • NODES - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/4/2015 03:16 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:17 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:17 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Guidance (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:17 PM ET)
  • NODES Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:20 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:17 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:18 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:18 PM ET)
  • NODES Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:19 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 6/10/2015 02:18 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    Please contact the email address above for questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    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: 3/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/27/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 9/30/2015 5:00 PM ET – 10/6/2015 5:00 PM ET