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-0000949: FULL-SPECTRUM OPTIMIZED CONVERSION AND UTILIZATION OF SUNLIGHT (FOCUS)

The overarching objective of the FOCUS Program is to create disruptive new solar energy conversion and storage technology options that enable far higher penetration of solar energy into the U.S. energy system than could be expected using only today’s PV, CSP and electrical storage options. Technical pathways to this goal include: 1) concentrating hybrid solar energy converters that optimize the utilization of the entire solar spectrum by inexpensively converting sunlight to both heat and electricity; and 2) inexpensive hybrid energy storage devices that require both electricity and heat as inputs, with electricity as the output. At technology maturity, energy systems incorporating these advanced converters and storage devices will be cost-competitive with other solutions: for example, electricity projects at utility scale will make dispatchable solar electricity competitive with conventional generation. A subsidiary objective of the FOCUS Program is to form a diverse research community (including, e.g., CSP mechanical engineers, PV semiconductor materials and device scientists, optics/photonics experts, chemists, low-cost manufacturing experts and system integrators) who will innovate together. Successful FOCUS projects will reduce energy-related emissions, decrease U.S. dependence on foreign energy sources, and provide U.S. leadership in advanced solar energy technology.

Documents

  • FOCUS_FOA_Full Application_mod 01_09.30.2013 (Last Updated: 7/16/2013 11:00 AM ET)
  • FOCUS_Teaming_List_10.18.2013 (Last Updated: 7/26/2013 03:11 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: 7/18/2013 03:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:32 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_SF-424A_Updated_9-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:30 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Guidance_2013_9-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:30 PM ET)
  • FOCUS_Technical_Volume_Template_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:32 PM ET)
  • Technical_Milestones_&_Deliverables_Instructions_&_Examples_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:35 PM ET)
  • Other_Sources_of_Funding_Disclosure_Form_Sample_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:33 PM ET)
  • Other_Sources_of_Funding_Disclosure_Form_(Fillable)_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:32 PM ET)
  • Business_Assurances_Form_Sample_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:37 PM ET)
  • Business_Assurances_Form_(Fillable)_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:38 PM ET)
  • Summary_Slide_Template (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:34 PM ET)
  • Summary_For_Public_Release_(Template)_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:33 PM ET)
  • Reply_to_Reviewer_Comments_Template_09-30-2013 (Last Updated: 9/30/2013 04:36 PM ET)

Contact Information

  • ExchangeHelp@hq.doe.gov 
    For questions regarding ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.
  • ARPA-E-CO@hq.doe.gov 
    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: 8/22/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 11/4/2013 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 12/12/2013 5:00 PM ET – 12/16/2013 2:00 PM ET