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


This program seeks to fund the development of bioconversion technologies that transform our ability to convert methane into liquid fuels. Of interest are biological routes to improve the rates and energy efficiencies of methane activation and subsequent fuel synthesis, as well as approaches to engineer high-productivity methane conversion processes. Within this program, three technical categories are considered: (1) high-efficiency biological methane activation, (2) high-efficiency biological synthesis of liquid fuels, and (3) process intensification approaches for biological methane conversion. The potential impacts of this FOA includes increasing the economic and energy security of the nation through production of low-cost, liquid transportation fuels with lower emissions than petroleum-based fuels.

REMOTE FOA Modification 001 was released on 3/27/13
REMOTE FOA Modification 002 was released on 5/22/13


  • Teaming_List_REMOTE_2013-05-03 (Last Updated: 5/3/2013 12:46 PM ET)
  • 20130522_REMOTE_FOA_Modification_002 (Last Updated: 5/22/2013 05:10 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • Technical_Milestones_&_Deliverables_-_Instructions_&_Examples_-_05_21_13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:42 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:42 PM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:43 PM ET)
  • Other_Sources_of_Funding_Disclosure_Form_-_Sample_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:44 PM ET)
  • Other_Sources_of_Funding_Disclosure_Form_(Fillable)_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:44 PM ET)
  • Business_Assurances_Form_-_Sample_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:44 PM ET)
  • Business_Assurances_Form_(Fillable)_-_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:44 PM ET)
  • Replies_to_Reviewer_Comments_Template_04-23-13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:44 PM ET)
  • Summary_For_Public_Release_(Template)__-_05_02_13 (Last Updated: 5/21/2013 06:45 PM ET)
  • REMOTE_Calculator_Tool_May_21_2013 (Last Updated: 5/22/2013 05:12 PM ET)
  • REMOTE_Calculator_Tool_Video_Guide (Last Updated: 5/24/2013 01:11 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_SF-424A_Updated_5-6-13 (Last Updated: 6/7/2013 10:56 AM ET)
  • Technical_Volume_Template_06-11-13 (Last Updated: 6/11/2013 10:10 AM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Guidance_2013_5-29-13 (Last Updated: 5/29/2013 04:33 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

  • Concept_Paper_Template (Last Updated: 4/16/2013 09:32 AM ET)

Contact Information

    For questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
    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. ARPA-E will cease to accept questions approximately 5 business days in advance of each submission deadline. Responses to questions received before the cutoff will be posted approximately one business day in advance of the submission deadline. ARPA-E may re-phrase questions or consolidate similar questions for administrative purposes.

Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/8/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/6/2013 5:00 PM ET – 8/9/2013 5:00 PM ET