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  DE-FOA-0001261 OPEN 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/20/2015 05:00 PM ET 2/27/2015 05:00 PM ET 6/29/2015 05:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0001261: OPEN 2015

The Full Application submission window is now closed.

The objective of an ARPA-E OPEN FOA is simple, yet comprehensive: to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. ARPA-E seeks to support transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, covering transportation and stationary applications. Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both renewable and non-renewable means; electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use; and all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.

Because of the enormous breadth of energy technologies solicited under an OPEN FOA, it is impossible to provide the well-defined technical targets contained in an ARPA-E FOA for a focused technology program. Rather, ARPA-E asks applicants to address the potential impact of the proposed technology on the agency’s Mission Areas: reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency. The critical question for applicants to consider in assessing potential impact is: “If it works, will it matter?” In a FOA for a focused technology program, this question has already been answered by ARPA-E. If an applicant can demonstrate that the proposed technology can achieve the technical targets specified in the FOA for a focused program, the agency believes that the technology can have significant impact on the agency’s missions. In an OPEN FOA, the burden of demonstrating potential impact lies solely upon the applicant, who must make the strongest possible case for why the proposed technology will matter – that it has the potential to change our energy future.


  • OPEN FOA 2015 - Full Application - MOD 02 - 05.14.2015 (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:13 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • OPEN FOA 2015 - Concept Paper - MOD 01 - 01.30.2015 (Last Updated: 1/30/2015 02:43 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2015 FOA - Notice of Intent / Concept Paper - 01.07.2015 (Last Updated: 1/6/2015 05:21 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

  • OPEN 2015 - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/6/2015 05:23 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:19 PM ET)
  • OPEN FOA 2015 Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:18 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:19 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:19 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:19 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:20 PM ET)
  • OPEN FOA 2015 Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:28 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:21 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/14/2015 02:29 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

  • Notice of Intent Deadline: 2/20/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/27/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/29/2015 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/25/2015 5:00 PM ET – 8/28/2015 5:00 PM ET