Questions Regarding Funding Opportunity Announcements

Please contact the ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 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.

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ARPA-E Archived Funding Opportunities

DE-FOA-0001858: OPEN 2018

This FOA marks the fourth OPEN solicitation in the history of ARPA-E. The previous OPEN solicitations were conducted at the inception of the agency in 2009 and again in 2012 and 2015. OPEN 2018 therefore continues the three-year periodic cycle for ARPA-E OPEN solicitations. An OPEN solicitation provides a vitally important mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements the other primary mechanism, which is through the solicitation of research projects in focused technology programs.

ARPA-E’s focused programs target specific areas of technology that the agency has identified, through extensive interaction with the appropriate external stakeholders, as having significant potential impact on one or more of the Mission Areas described in Section I.A of the FOA. Awards made in response to the solicitation for focused programs support the aggressive technical targets established in that solicitation. Taken in total, ARPA-E’s focused technology programs cover a significant portion of the spectrum of energy technologies and applications.

ARPA-E’s OPEN FOAs ensure that the agency does not miss opportunities to support innovative energy R&D that falls outside of the topics of the focused technology programs or that develop after focused solicitations have closed. OPEN FOAs provide the agency with a remarkable sampling of new and emerging opportunities across the complete spectrum of energy applications and allow the agency to “take the pulse” of the energy R&D community. OPEN FOAs have been and will continue to be the perfect complement to the agency’s focused technology programs – a unique combination of approaches for supporting the most innovative and current energy technology R&D. Indeed, one third of the sixty projects featured in the first two volumes describing ARPA-E impacts stem from OPEN solicitations (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/arpa-e-impact). Potential applicants to this FOA are strongly encouraged to examine the OPEN projects in these two volumes and all of the projects supported in the previous three OPEN solicitations (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/open) for examples of the creative and innovative R&D ARPA-E seeks in its OPEN solicitations.

Webinar: In this Webinar, an ARPA-E Program Director provides an overview of OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices: Webinar - OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices


Documents

  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Full Application_Mod 03 (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 10:06 AM ET)
  • ARPA-E OPEN 2018 Full Application Best Practices (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 10:05 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 12/12/2017 03:33 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper_Mod 01 (Last Updated: 1/19/2018 04:44 PM ET)
  • OPEN 2018 FOA - Concept Paper_Mod 02 (Last Updated: 2/13/2018 04:25 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

  • OPEN 2018 - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 1/19/2018 04:44 PM ET)

Full Application

  • OPEN2018 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:34 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:35 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:36 AM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:38 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/23/2018 09:37 AM 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: 2/16/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/2/2018 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/21/2018 5:00 PM ET – 8/24/2018 5:00 PM ET