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  DE-FOA-0002641 SEEDING CRITICAL ADVANCES FOR LEADING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/20/2022 09:30 AM ET 4/27/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002707 Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/15/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/25/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002708 Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery SBIR/STTR (MINER SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/15/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/25/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002691 Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/14/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/21/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002692 Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy SBIR/STTR (CURIE SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/14/2022 09:30 AM ET 7/21/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002760 Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/16/2022 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0002761 Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living SBIR/STTR (EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/16/2022 09:30 AM ET TBD
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/5/2022 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/10/2022 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000060 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Enhanced Mineral Recovery Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000061 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Converting UNF Radioisotopes Into Energy (CURIE) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000062 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Fast Charging Batteries for EV Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000063 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Data Center Cooling Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000064 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: New Program in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Field Testing Teaming Partner List
  DE-FOA-0002786 Request for Information (RFI) on Stimulating Geochemical Reactions in the Subsurface for in-situ Generation of Hydrogen and Helium Production Request for Information (RFI) TBD TBD

DE-FOA-0002641: SEEDING CRITICAL ADVANCES FOR LEADING ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNTAPPED POTENTIAL 2021 (SCALEUP 2021)

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2021 (SCALEUP 2021) Funding Opportunity Announcement provides a vital mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements ARPA-E’s primary R&D focus on early-stage transformational energy technologies that still require proof-of-concept.

ARPA-E’s mission is to develop transformational energy technologies in support of U.S. national security and economic competitiveness. ARPA-E funds the R&D of technologies to build and maintain U.S. technological leadership in highly competitive global energy markets, thus supporting American jobs and economic growth. ARPA-E’s authorizing statute directs the Agency to develop linkages between its sponsored applied research and the marketplace.[1] These linkages are central to realizing the public’s return on technology investments.

An enduring challenge to ARPA-E’s mission is that even technologies that achieve substantial technical advancement under ARPA-E support are at risk of being stranded in their development path once ARPA-E funding ends (averaging $2.5M over three years). ARPA-E-funded technologies typically face significant remaining technical risks upon completion of an award’s funding period. Experience across ARPA-E’s diverse energy portfolios, and with a wide range of investors, indicates that pre-commercial “scaling” projects are critical to establishing that performance and cost parameters can be met in practice for these very early-stage technologies. These pre-commercial scaling projects aim to translate the performance achieved at bench scale to commercially scalable versions of the technology, integrate the technology with broader systems, provide extended performance data, and validate the manufacturability and reliability of new energy technologies. (These projects are often termed “pre-pilot” development in different industries.) Success in these scaling projects would enable industry, investors, and partners to justify substantial commitments of financial resources, personnel, production facilities, and materials to develop promising ARPA-E technologies into early commercial products.

The SCALEUP 2021 FOA builds upon ARPA-E-funded technologies by scaling the most promising ARPA-E-funded technologies in their development pathways leaves substantial intellectual property developed with American taxpayer dollars vulnerable to adoption by foreign competitors, who can and do capture it for continued development – and economic benefit – overseas. This harms national competitiveness, as U.S. industries often lose the lead on the development, scaling, and manufacturing of technologies necessary to compete in rapidly evolving global energy markets. These scaling energy technology projects will meet ARPA-E’s statutory direction to achieve the above goals by “accelerating transformational technological advances in areas that industry by itself is not likely to undertake because of technical and financial uncertainty”.[2]

[1] 42 U.S.C. §16538(c)(2)(a-c)

[2] Id.

Documents

  • SCALEUP Full Application FOA (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 03:56 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SCALEUP Concept Paper FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2021 11:37 AM 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

  • SCALEUP - Concept Paper (Last Updated: 12/14/2021 12:02 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SCALEUP 2021 - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 4/1/2022 03:53 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP 2021 - Project Plan Workbook (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 05:35 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/1/2022 11:24 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:29 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:30 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:31 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/30/2022 10:40 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:37 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 06:04 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/17/2022 04:33 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: 1/20/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/27/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 5/27/2022 5:00 PM ET – 6/2/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002707: Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER)

The Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER) program’s aim is to support the development of commercial-ready technologies that give the United States a net-zero or net negative emissions pathway toward increased domestic supplies of copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, rare earth elements, and other critical elements required for the transition to clean energy. The lack of a secure domestic supply of these minerals poses a significant supply chain risk for the United States, especially with regard to batteries, renewable energy generation, and transmission. Meanwhile, the domestic mining industry faces the rapid depletion of high-profit deposits, increased cost of mining and processing, expensive management, and accumulation of tailings, resulting in an overall reduced return of investment by conventional mining methods. Consequently, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with objectives to support the development of technology and approaches to: (1) decrease comminution energy by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; (2) increase yield of energy-relevant minerals by reducing unrecovered energy-relevant minerals in the tailings by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; and (3) enabling the negative emissions production of key minerals by sequestering >10 wt.% CO2e per metric ton of ore processed; and (4) develop methods to model carbonation potential, delineate petrophysical changes from carbonation, and quantify carbonate and energy-relevant mineralization in CO2-reactive geologic formations.”

Documents

  • MINER FA FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:57 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MINER_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002707 (Last Updated: 2/24/2022 02:42 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

  • MINER Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/23/2022 01:48 PM ET)

Full Application

  • MINER Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:59 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:01 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 12:44 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:02 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:06 AM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:10 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:10 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:11 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 11:12 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: 4/15/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/25/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/29/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002708: Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery SBIR/STTR (MINER SBIR/STTR)

The Mining Innovations for Negative Emissions Resource Recovery (MINER) program’s aim is to support the development of commercial-ready technologies that give the United States a net-zero or net negative emissions pathway toward increased domestic supplies of copper, nickel, lithium, cobalt, rare earth elements, and other critical elements required for the transition to clean energy. The lack of a secure domestic supply of these minerals poses a significant supply chain risk for the United States, especially with regard to batteries, renewable energy generation, and transmission. Meanwhile, the domestic mining industry faces the rapid depletion of high-profit deposits, increased cost of mining and processing, expensive management, and accumulation of tailings, resulting in an overall reduced return of investment by conventional mining methods. Consequently, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is issuing this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) with objectives to support the development of technology and approaches to: (1) decrease comminution energy by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; (2) increase yield of energy-relevant minerals by reducing unrecovered energy-relevant minerals in the tailings by 50% compared to state-of-the-art; and (3) enabling the negative emissions production of key minerals by sequestering >10 wt.% CO2e per metric ton of ore processed; and (4) develop methods to model carbonation potential, delineate petrophysical changes from carbonation, and quantify carbonate and energy-relevant mineralization in CO2-reactive geologic formations.”

Documents

  • MINER_SBIR/STTR FA FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:09 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • MINER SBIR STTR_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002708 (Last Updated: 2/24/2022 01:34 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

  • MINER SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/23/2022 02:21 PM ET)

Full Application

  • MINER SBIR/STTR Technical Volume (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 09:57 AM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:37 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 12:45 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:37 AM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:37 AM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:38 AM ET)
  • FA Summary Slide (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:38 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form (Sample) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:38 AM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:39 AM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments (Template) (Last Updated: 6/10/2022 10:41 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: 4/15/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/25/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/29/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002691: Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE)

The program goal of Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) is to enable commercially viable reprocessing of used nuclear fuel (UNF) from the current light water reactor (LWR) fleet by resolving key gaps/barriers in reprocessing technologies, process monitoring, and facility design. The actinides in LWR UNF would ideally be reprocessed into feedstock that would be used to fuel advanced nuclear reactors (ARs), while other commercially valuable materials would be harvested for industrial and medical uses. Projects funded under CURIE will develop innovative separations technologies, process monitoring techniques for special nuclear material (SNM), and/or equipment designs that will significantly improve the economics and process monitoring of reprocessing technologies while dramatically reducing the volume of high-level waste (HLW) from LWR UNF requiring disposal. Specifically, CURIE is interested in separations technologies, process monitoring to enable predictive material accountancy, innovative equipment designs, and systems analyses that satisfy one or more of the global program metrics without negatively impacting other program metrics: (1) significantly (i.e., at least an order of magnitude) reduce the volume of LWR HLW requiring permanent disposal, (2) maintain disposal costs in the range of 0.1¢/kilowatt-hour (kWh), (3) provide a 1¢/kWh fuel cost for a 200 metric tons heavy metal (MTHM)/yr nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) facility, (4) enable in situ SNM process monitoring approaches that predict, within 1% uncertainty and under representative conditions, the post-process material accountancy, and (5) enable UNF separations that do not produce pure plutonium streams.

Documents

  • CURIE Full Application FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CURIE CP FOA (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 04:39 PM ET)
  • CURIE CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/11/2022 08:57 AM 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: 3/3/2022 05:20 PM ET)
  • Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 3/15/2022 09:39 AM ET)

Full Application

  • CURIE FA Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:01 PM ET)
  • CURIE SF-424 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:46 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:41 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:34 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:05 PM ET)
  • CURIE FA Summary Slide (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:26 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:47 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:45 PM ET)
  • CURIE Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:25 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 03:44 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: 4/14/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/21/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/26/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002692: Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy SBIR/STTR (CURIE SBIR/STTR)

The program goal of Converting UNF Radioisotopes into Energy (CURIE) is to enable commercially viable reprocessing of used nuclear fuel (UNF) from the current light water reactor (LWR) fleet by resolving key gaps/barriers in reprocessing technologies, process monitoring, and facility design. The actinides in LWR UNF would ideally be reprocessed into feedstock that would be used to fuel advanced nuclear reactors (ARs), while other commercially valuable materials would be harvested for industrial and medical uses. Projects funded under CURIE will develop innovative separations technologies, process monitoring techniques for special nuclear material (SNM), and/or equipment designs that will significantly improve the economics and process monitoring of reprocessing technologies while dramatically reducing the volume of high-level waste (HLW) from LWR UNF requiring disposal. Specifically, CURIE is interested in separations technologies, process monitoring to enable predictive material accountancy, innovative equipment designs, and systems analyses that satisfy one or more of the global program metrics without negatively impacting other program metrics: (1) significantly (i.e., at least an order of magnitude) reduce the volume of LWR HLW requiring permanent disposal, (2) maintain disposal costs in the range of 0.1¢/kilowatt-hour (kWh), (3) provide a 1¢/kWh fuel cost for a 200 metric tons heavy metal (MTHM)/yr nth-of-a-kind (NOAK) facility, (4) enable in situ SNM process monitoring approaches that predict, within 1% uncertainty and under representative conditions, the post-process material accountancy, and (5) enable UNF separations that do not produce pure plutonium streams.

Documents

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR Full Application FOA Mod 02 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:02 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 04:39 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR/STTR CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/11/2022 08:58 AM 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

  • CURIE SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 3/3/2022 05:28 PM ET)
  • Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 3/15/2022 09:39 AM ET)

Full Application

  • CURIE SBIR STTR Technical_Volume_Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:22 PM ET)
  • SF 424 (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:24 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:29 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release SBIR Template (Last Updated: 6/9/2022 12:26 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR FA Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:46 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 05:05 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosure Form - Sample (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 06:15 PM ET)
  • CURIE SBIR Business Assurances Disclosure Form (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 05:02 PM ET)
  • CURIE Reprocessing Cost Estimator (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:30 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 6/7/2022 04:31 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: 4/14/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/21/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/26/2022 5:00 PM ET – 9/1/2022 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002760: Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL)

As the U.S. works to decarbonize the transportation sector and produce an increasing amount of “clean” (zero emission) electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) become logical alternatives to internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, to accelerate and/or broaden EV adoption, consumer-centric considerations need to be more thoroughly addressed, including cost, convenience, reliability, and safety. Although it is expected that EVs will continue to gain market share domestically, significantly more effort is required to address and remove key technology barriers to EV adoption among a greater percentage of the population. In response to these challenges, ARPA-E's Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program will focus on advancing next-generation battery technologies that have the potential to significantly improve affordability, convenience, reliability, and safety of EVs compared to those available today. If the EVs4ALL program can successfully achieve its primary objective, which is to increase domestic EV adoption through elimination of key battery detractors such as slow charge time, disappointing winter performance, concerns regarding resilience and high cost, it will directly impact three ARPA-E mission areas as follows:

i) 80% adoption of electrically powered passenger cars in the U.S. could reduce annual energy consumption by 4 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Quads), thereby improving the energy efficiency of the sector.

ii) 80% adoption of electrically powered cars could reduce overall CO2 emissions by 800 million tons/year, thereby reducing energy-related emissions.

iii) Solutions to i) and ii) may also target the utilization of “noncritical” battery materials in order to address supply chain risk and drive down cost, thereby reducing imports of critical metals and supporting ARPA-E’s energy independence mission.

Documents

  • EVs4ALL_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002760 (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:04 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

  • EVs4ALL Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:07 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: 6/16/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0002761: Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living SBIR/STTR (EVs4ALL SBIR/STTR)

As the U.S. works to decarbonize the transportation sector and produce an increasing amount of “clean” (zero emission) electricity, electric vehicles (EVs) become logical alternatives to internal combustion engines (ICEs). However, to accelerate and/or broaden EV adoption, consumer-centric considerations need to be more thoroughly addressed, including cost, convenience, reliability, and safety. Although it is expected that EVs will continue to gain market share domestically, significantly more effort is required to address and remove key technology barriers to EV adoption among a greater percentage of the population. In response to these challenges, ARPA-E's Electric Vehicles for American Low-Carbon Living (EVs4ALL) program will focus on advancing next-generation battery technologies that have the potential to significantly improve affordability, convenience, reliability, and safety of EVs compared to those available today. If the EVs4ALL program can successfully achieve its primary objective, which is to increase domestic EV adoption through elimination of key battery detractors such as slow charge time, disappointing winter performance, concerns regarding resilience and high cost, it will directly impact three ARPA-E mission areas as follows:

i) 80% adoption of electrically powered passenger cars in the U.S. could reduce annual energy consumption by 4 quadrillion British Thermal Units (Quads), thereby improving the energy efficiency of the sector.

ii) 80% adoption of electrically powered cars could reduce overall CO2 emissions by 800 million tons/year, thereby reducing energy-related emissions.

iii) Solutions to i) and ii) may also target the utilization of “noncritical” battery materials in order to address supply chain risk and drive down cost, thereby reducing imports of critical metals and supporting ARPA-E’s energy independence mission.

Documents

  • EVs4ALL SBIR STTR_CP_FOA_DE-FOA-0002761 (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:11 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

  • EVs4ALL SBIR STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 5/2/2022 02:13 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: 6/16/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD

DE-FOA-0001954: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

B. Leveraging Innovations Supporting Nuclear Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

C. Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/26/19

D. Reserved

E. Reserved

F: High Value Methane Pyrolysis
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/26/19

G: Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 10/8/19

H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/18/19

I. Reserved

J: Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Supply of Critical Materials for Clean Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/7/2020

K: Recycle Underutilized Solids to Energy:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

L: Insulating Nanofluids and Solids to Upgrade our Large Aging Transformer Equipment:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

M: Mining Incinerated Disposal Ash Streams:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

N: Waste into X:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

O:Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

P: Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

Q: Connecting Aviation by Lighter Electric Systems:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/17/2020

R: Lowering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES):
CLOSED - FA Deadline Passed 9:30 AM ET 11/23/2020

S. Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing for Performance Enhancement of High Temperature and High Pressure Heat Exchangers (Topology)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 12/1/2020

T: Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 1/26/2021

U: SF6-Free Routes for Electrical Equipment
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/23/2021

W: Supporting Entrepreneurial Energy Discoveries (SEED)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 4/5/2022

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 21 (Last Updated: 2/1/2022 09:37 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:39 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 2/15/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 05:08 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:09 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 8/7/2019 03:14 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:12 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 3/4/2020 05:24 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:46 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:33 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:53 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 11:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 03:57 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 11/12/2020 02:03 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:18 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 17 (Last Updated: 1/22/2021 12:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954_Modification 18_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:50 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 10:00 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 20 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:54 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

Full Application

  • Topic W - Technical Volume (Fixed Amount Grant) (Last Updated: 3/30/2022 03:42 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/1/2022 11:25 AM ET)
  • Topic W: SF-424A (Fixed Amount Grant) (Last Updated: 2/1/2022 09:56 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:13 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:04 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:06 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 4/5/2022 9:30 AM ET

DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas

This announcement is purposely broad in scope, and will cover a wide range of topics to encourage the submission of the most innovative and unconventional ideas in energy technology. The objective of this solicitation is to support high-risk R&D leading to the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. Topics under this FOA will explore new areas of technology development that, if successful, could establish new program areas for ARPA-E, or complement the current portfolio of ARPA-E programs.

Targeted Topics:

A. Extremely Durable Concretes and Cementitious Materials
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

B. Leveraging Innovations Supporting Nuclear Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

C. Downhole Tools to Enable Enhanced Geothermal Systems
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 2/19/19

D. Diagnostic Resource Teams to Support the Validation of Potentially Transformative Fusion-Energy Concepts
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 4/15/19

E. Quantification of Effectiveness of Nutrient Bioextraction by Seaweed
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/13/19

F: High Value Methane Pyrolysis
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/26/19

G: Reserved

H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/18/19

I: Electricity System Models for Carbon Capture Resources
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 1/22/2020

J: Biotechnologies to Ensure a Robust Supply of Critical Materials for Clean Energy
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 5/7/2020

K: Recycle Underutilized Solids to Energy:
CLOSED - FA Deadline 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

L: Insulating Nanofluids and Solids to Upgrade our Large Aging Transformer Equipment:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

M: Mining Incinerated Disposal Ash Streams:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

N: Waste into X:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

O:Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Oceanwater:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

P: Direct Removal of Carbon Dioxide from Ambient Air:
CLOSED - FA Deadline Passed 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

Q: Connecting Aviation by Lighter Electric Systems:
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 11/17/2020

R: Lowering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES):
CLOSED - FA Deadline Passed 9:30 AM ET 11/23/2020

S. Topology Optimization and Additive Manufacturing for Performance Enhancement of High Temperature and High Pressure Heat Exchangers (Topology)
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 12/1/2020

T: Reserved

U: SF6-Free Routes for Electrical Equipment
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 7/23/21

V: Life Cycle Assessment for Carbon Negative Buildings
CLOSED - FA Deadline passed 9:30 AM ET 1/10/2022


Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 20 (Last Updated: 11/8/2021 02:05 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Initial Announcement (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:42 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 01 (Last Updated: 2/13/2019 03:15 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/12/2019 03:10 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/21/2019 04:52 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/12/2019 12:07 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 05 (Last Updated: 9/17/2019 05:00 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 06 (Last Updated: 10/23/2019 05:11 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 07 (Last Updated: 11/14/2019 10:22 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 08 (Last Updated: 12/6/2019 02:30 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 09 (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 10 (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 5/20/2020 10:18 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:49 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 13 (Last Updated: 9/17/2020 10:43 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 14 (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 02:51 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 15 (Last Updated: 10/8/2020 04:26 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 16 (Last Updated: 11/23/2020 04:13 PM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953_Modification 17_Final (Last Updated: 5/21/2021 08:28 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 18 (Last Updated: 7/30/2021 09:58 AM ET)
  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 19 (Last Updated: 8/25/2021 04:52 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

Full Application

  • Topic V: Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:08 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:27 PM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook (Last Updated: 3/6/2020 02:37 PM ET)
  • SF-424A / Budget Workbook 5 Year (Last Updated: 12/22/2021 11:56 AM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:28 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:30 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:29 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 01:35 PM ET)
  • Commercialization Plan (Last Updated: 9/23/2020 03:42 PM ET)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 1/10/2022 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 2/7/2022 5:00 PM ET – 2/11/2022 5:00 PM ET

RFI-0000060: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Enhanced Mineral Recovery

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is considering issuing a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop net-zero mineral beneficiation technologies that decrease comminution energy and increase yield of energy-relevant metals from CO2-reactive ore. The objectives of this program are: (1) transform the CO2-reactive gangue minerals into softer and insoluble carbonate to decrease comminution energy; (2) increase yield of metals, such as nickel, cobalt, chromium, lithium, copper, and rare earth elements from conventional critical minerals and surrounding CO2-reactive gangue minerals; (3) eliminate possible negative impact on metal yield from conventional critical minerals during the development of new mineral beneficiation technologies to carbonate gangue mineralogy ; and (4) maintain the stable carbonate from cradle-to-grave. The timing of this program coincides with the need for market-ready breakthrough negative emission technologies that can exploit unconventional energy-relevant minerals to secure domestic supply and decrease comminution energy.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate collaborations among performing teams. ARPA-E is open to team(s) interested in both subsurface in-situ and ex-situ carbonation and energy-relevant metal recovery approaches.

Five focus areas have been identified as necessary to achieve the program objectives:

(1) Mineral Comminution and Yield: A category focused on developing breakthrough technologies to decrease comminution energy and energy-relevant metal yields lost during mineral beneficiation of CO2-reactive ore. The technology must accomplish this objective by changing the mineral properties of the CO2-reactive ore to utilize preexisting mineral beneficiation processes. Preferably, the team should have expertise in current mineral beneficiation processes, carbonate chemistry, and carbonate mineralogy.

(2) Gangue Mineral Yield: A category focused on fundamental research into developing breakthrough technologies to exploit energy-relevant metals from CO2-reactive gangue minerals. The technology must accomplish this by not impacting conventional critical mineral yield or decarbonating the ore. Preferably, the team should have expertise in metallurgy, mafic-ultramafic petrology, carbonate chemistry, carbonate mineralogy, and catalysis.

(3) Carbon Negative Reactions: A category focused on fundamental research into carbon-negative reactions. The team's expertise should include laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and characterization of physico-chemical changes during rock carbonation. Preferably, the team should have expertise in CO2 sequestration, mafic-ultramafic petrology, carbonate chemistry, and catalysis.

(4) Sensing and Analyzing Carbonation Potential and Mineralization: The research category focuses on developing breakthrough technology to conduct geophysical and (or) geochemical surveys to produce models that develop exploratory vectors of CO2-reactive rock formations, quantify rock carbonation, and quantify energy-relevant metals leached and remineralized during carbonation of the CO2-reactive gangue minerals. Preferably, the team should have experience in geophysical, geochemical, and geostatistical modeling of ore bodies.

(5) Applied Research: A category focused on the proper scale-up of this technology from bench-scale demonstrations. The team should have expertise in field characterization and planning (e.g, geophysics, geology, mining engineering, drilling). The team should understand geochemical, mineralogical, structural, and petrological heterogeneity within CO2-reactive ore bodies. An understanding of the changes in petrophysical properties and alteration mineralogy during rock carbonation. The ability to provide proper reservoir characterization to optimize rock carbonation and metal capture from gangue minerals. Understanding reservoir fluid dynamics to mitigate injection fluid loss and maximize recovery of possible production fluids. Adequate experience operating and maintaining a drilling and injection site to perform successful rock carbonation and recovery of carbonated samples.

ARPA–E held a workshop on these topics on July 13 and 15, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/sequestering-carbon-hybrid-employment-mineral-assets-workshop).

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with these project teams, with the goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of the innovative technologies these project teams develop.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in December 2021. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on the Teaming Partner List should complete all required fields in the following link:

https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/ApplicantProfile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response to this Announcement, respondents consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA–E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA–E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted via email or by other means will not be considered.

This Announcement does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued January 2022, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • Enhanced Mineral Recovery Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 12/8/2021 02:49 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.

RFI-0000061: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Converting UNF Radioisotopes Into Energy (CURIE)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is considering issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for a new program entitled Converting UNF Radioisotopes Into Energy (CURIE). This new program will fund innovative technologies and approaches that will significantly improve the economics of commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing facilities, improve reprocessing material accountancy while decreasing materials attractiveness, and drastically reduce the volume of high-level waste (HLW) requiring permanent disposal. An ARPA-E workshop was held in July 2021 to help identify and refine metrics for this new program; presentations from that workshop can be found here. The following paragraphs summarize the motivation for CURIE and the current planning for the CURIE FOA.

The U.S. currently uses a once-through fuel cycle in which approximately 4% of the uranium in nuclear fuel is consumed in a nuclear reactor before it is disposed of as HLW. After decades of using a once-through fuel cycle, the U.S. has accumulated nearly 86,000 metric tons (MT) of used nuclear fuel (UNF), an amount that increases by approximately 2,000 MT per year.[1] However, the use of nuclear fuel reprocessing, which is the recovery of valuable actinides from UNF, could close the fuel cycle by enabling the recycle of valuable actinides as new fuel for advanced reactors. Recycling UNF in this manner could greatly improve resource utilization, particularly when used in fast-spectrum advanced reactors, while dramatically reducing the volume of HLW requiring disposal. Reprocessing facility construction costs are currently estimated to range from $250 million to $20 billion,[2] but advances in separations chemistry and material accountancy technologies, front-end UNF treatment, advanced manufacturing, modularization, machine learning, and other relevant technological advances could be leveraged to drastically reduce the costs of constructing and operating a modern reprocessing facility in a safe and secure manner. The CURIE program aims to achieve this timely goal. It is part of a nearly $90M ARPA-E strategy to manage and reduce the Nation’s HLW waste inventory and complements ARPA-E’s recently announced ONWARDS program, which focuses on minimizing the waste impact of advanced reactors.

The FOA will provide specific CURIE program goals, technical metrics and selection criteria; the terms of the FOA will be controlling but currently, ARPA-E anticipates that the CURIE FOA will target research and development in the following categories:

Category 1 – Reprocessing Technologies: This technical category includes front-end- and separations process improvements and innovative equipment designs that minimize waste volumes and streams, condense unit operations, improve intrinsic proliferation resistance of actinide separations, increase resource utilization efficiency, simplify off-gas management, and/or, enable repurposing and recovery of valuable products (e.g., noble metals, medical radioisotopes). Example technology improvements include, but are not limited to, process intensification, single-cycle solvent extraction, advanced voloxidation, and fluoride volatility.

Category 2 – Integrated Monitoring & Materials Accountancy: This technical category includes technologies that support online monitoring of UNF reprocessing operations and enable materials accountancy of fissile materials at accuracy and precision levels of <1% error. This could include improved sensor fusion, instrumentation to support automated collection of real-time monitoring training sets, or novel sensors.

Category 3 – Facility Design & Systems Analysis: This category is intended for proposals that focus on lowering construction and operations and maintenance costs for reprocessing facilities via approaches such as (but not limited to) modularization of unit operations, automation, development of digital twins, and the use of advanced manufacturing techniques. It also includes systems analysis proposals that optimize the footprint, throughput, and siting of reprocessing facilities; assess the impact of reprocessing on future repository disposal costs; evaluate risks associated with a reprocessing facility; and otherwise explore ways of dramatically improving the economics, licensing, and siting of reprocessing facilities.

Category 4 - Other: This category is provided for submissions which do not cleanly fall into the above three categories but can potentially meet overall programmatic objectives.

To meet the program metrics for these areas of research, expertise in the following Technical Areas may be useful in responding to the FOA:

  • Separations Chemistry (e.g., solvent extraction, pyroprocessing, halide volatility, etc.)
  • Head-End Processing (e.g.,voloxidation, Kr/Xe capture, etc.)
  • Process Intensification
  • Material Accountancy/Online Monitoring
  • Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing and Safeguards Regulations
  • Digital Engineering
  • Techno-Economic Analyses
  • Systems Analysis and Risk Assessment
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Construction, Including Modular Fabrication
  • Sensors, Instrumentation, Controls, Autonomous Operation, and Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Digital Twins
  • Project Engineering

As a general matter, ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible. Such collaboration is especially important for CURIE, as several of the technical and engineering advances (e.g., waste-minimizing separations processes, digital twins, and process intensification) that are crucial to the success of CURIE have been developed and optimized outside of the nuclear industry. To ensure a comprehensive, integrated approach to reaching CURIE’s program goals, ARPA-E is encouraging teams from the sectors such as

  • National Laboratories
  • Universities
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Industry
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Chemical and Biochemical Industry
  • Industrial Waste Management Companies
  • Mineral Processing Industry
  • AI/Robotics R&D/Industry
  • Project Engineering and Construction Firms

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, in January 2022. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should complete all required fields at the following link: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx. Required information includes Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued February 2022 for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


[1] Government Accountability Office, Report No. GAO-21-603, “Commercial Spent Nuclear Fuel: Congressional Action Needed to Break Impasse and Develop a Permanent Disposal Solution,” published September 2021, available online at https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-21-603. Accessed November 12, 2021.

[2] Idaho National Laboratory, Report No. NTRD-FCO-2017-000265, “Advanced Fuel Cycle Cost Basis – 2017 Edition,” Module F1: Spent Nuclear Fuel Aqueous Reprocessing Facility, published September 29, 2017.

Documents

  • CURIE Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 1/24/2022 02:10 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.

RFI-0000062: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Fast Charging Batteries for EV

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) is considering issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support the development of advanced batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) that can achieve significantly faster charging as well as superior low temperature performance compared to state of the art commercial options. While EVs continue to gain market share, domestically, more work is required to make them accessible to all Americans. ARPA-E has identified three market needs that will require better and more affordable technologies than are available today if the mass market is to be appropriately served in the future.

  • 37% of Americans live in residences without garages or carports and therefore do not have access to the convenience of charging at home. Consequently, EV fast charging will be necessary to appeal to this market.
  • Many Americans live in colder climates, where EV battery performance becomes unsatisfactory at low temperatures due to reductions in capacity and power. Therefore, EV batteries that are more resilient at low temperatures are critical to motivating broader adoption, especially in colder regions.
  • Two thirds of Americans purchase used vehicles rather than new. In the case of EVs, the reduced range for a car resulting from a degraded battery can be a major purchase detractor.

In addition to the above, domestic/global availability of battery materials, safety, and affordability continue to be significant factors that must be considered in a new battery program. To address these challenges, ARPA-E is contemplating several areas for possible investment:

First, a high-power battery (cell ≥ 200 Wh/kg) that can be charged in 5 minutes to 80% of its capacity. Second, a high energy battery (cell: ≥ 400 Wh/kg) that can be charged in 15 minutes to 80% of its capacity. The next generation of high energy and high-power battery chemistries and components will present considerable safety challenges that require new safety testing protocols. A third focus area of this potential program is therefore being considered, specifically to explore this safety testing topic, with the intent to de-risk chemistries with commercial potential (developed under this program) by the early application of competent and intentional failure analysis, Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA), and deployment of new tests.

For the first and second areas of interest, ARPA-E expects that a “total cell” solution (i.e., combination of anode, cathode, and electrolyte in a commercially viable package) will be required to achieve the primary program objectives. In addition, both will require significant reductions in cycle life degradation and performance loss at low temperatures, as well as a focus on low cost and globally abundant materials.

ARPA–E held a virtual workshop entitled “High Energy, Fast Charging Batteries for EV Applications” on October 26 and 28, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/high-energy-fast-charging-batteries-for-ev-applications-workshop).

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams to respond to a potential FOA for development of advanced cell chemistries and battery designs for EVs. Expertise in the following Technical Areas may be useful in responding to a potential future FOA: advanced battery materials/components research and development, computational modeling, cell and battery design, battery cell manufacturing, battery safety and testing, etc.

As a general matter, ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (http://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, in March 2022. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should complete all required fields at the following link: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued by April 2022, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • New Program In Fast Charging Batteries for EV (Last Updated: 3/14/2022 01:08 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.

RFI-0000063: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Data Center Cooling

The Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) is considering issuing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to develop transformational cooling systems for data centers. Data centers are estimated to consume around 3% of all generated electricity with up to 40% of that power used for cooling. Currently the cooling power and use of water for evaporation cooling used by data centers varies greatly depending on local climate.

ARPA-E seeks to dramatically increase the efficiency of cooling for current and future compute systems in data centers and edge computing systems by greatly lowering the thermal resistance between the chip and the coolant. This will allow heat rejection at a temperature much closer to the chip operating temperature, enabling cooling solutions with transformational lower energy usage that can operate efficiently at any location in the United States at any time of the year. This will have many benefits: increased cooling capacity to meet future high-powered computing demands, increased potential for waste heat recovery and reuse, reduced or eliminated water consumption for cooling of data centers, potential for increased chip efficiency, location independence, improved performance in hot humid climates, potential for a compact modular cooling system, and enabling current and future edge computing needs.

Integrating advanced cooling solutions in power dense electrical environment like data centers has traditionally been a challenge due to reliability concerns of the cooling system and components. Reliability of complex systems has been achieved in other technical areas such as aerospace, automotive and renewable energy platforms through dedicated system engineering approaches and reliability and controls network modeling. ARPA-E would be interested to explore advanced integrations of electronics and cooling systems that can reach high levels of reliability and performance.

To achieve these goals ARPA-E is considering a potential program to develop disruptive cooling technologies that would consume less than 5% of data center power in any geographic location at any time of the year for a very high power density compute system. In addition, these technologies would be required to demonstrate the potential to be highly reliable as a system to allow data centers to maintain industry standard uptime levels. These technologies will also need to be cost competitive, environmentally friendly, and are encouraged to minimize or eliminate the need for water consumption for cooling. ARPA–E held a virtual workshop on this topic entitled “Cooling Compute Systems Efficiently, Anytime, Anywhere” on December 13 and 14, 2021. Information from this workshop can be found here: https://arpa-e.energy.gov/events/cooling-compute-systems-efficiently-anytime-anywhere-workshop.

In pursuit of this objective, the potential program envisions four different research tracks, each with specific scope of research and development, and metrics. One of the tracks will focus specifically on the component development for secondary cooling loop that transfers heat from the chips and electronics in the data hall to the facility. A second track will focus on technology and system development that encompasses both the secondary loop and the primary loop that transfers heat from the facility water to the environment, with an emphasis on novel modular data centers.

Two other tracks will be support tracks, with one focusing on development of a modelling capability that can assess impact at the datacenter center level, and allow future operators and data center designers to analyze and design for cooling system reliability, energy consumption, carbon footprint and total cost of ownership, while the other support track is intended to focus on facilities for testing the new technologies developed under the first two tracks.

Historically, the industry has been operating in a siloed approach. ARPA-e seeks new and transformative solutions that can only be achieved by interdisciplinary teaming. Expertise in the following technical areas may be useful in responding to the potential FOA: heat transfer, fluid mechanics, material science, electronics cooling, reliability engineering, control theory, chemical engineering, advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, environmental engineering, cost analysis, industrial engineering, architecture, bio-heat transfer, expertise in data center operation, design and ownership.

As a general matter, ARPA-E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible.

The Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. The Teaming Partner List will be available on ARPA-E eXCHANGE (https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov), ARPA-E’s online application portal, starting in May 2022. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on this list should complete all required fields in the following link: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/Applicantprofile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response to this Notice, you consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA-E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA-E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted to other email addresses or by other means will not be considered.

This Notice does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued by August 2022, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • New Program In Data Center Cooling (Last Updated: 5/16/2022 08:19 AM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.

RFI-0000064: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement: New Program in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Field Testing

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) is considering issuing a new Exploratory Topic under Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) DE‐ FOA‐0002784 and DE‐FOA‐0002785 to develop standardized evaluation(s) of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) efficiency technologies in support of projects supported under the ARPA-E NEXT-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated on-Road-vehicles (NEXTCAR) Program.

The ARPA-E NEXTCAR Program has funded the development of new and emerging vehicle dynamic and powertrain (VD&PT) control technologies that can reduce the energy consumption of future vehicles through the use of connectivity and vehicle automation. Vehicle energy improvement technologies include, but are not limited to, advanced technologies and concepts relating to full vehicle dynamic control, powertrain control, improved vehicle and powertrain operation through the automation of vehicle dynamics control functions, and improved control and optimization facilitated by connectivity. Phase II of the Program launched in 2021 and is funding a subset of the technologies developed in Phase I to improve the energy efficiency of Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) evels 4 and 5 CAVs by 30%. These improvements will reduce the energy consumed by future individual vehicles undergoing automated operation, either in isolation or in cooperation with other vehicles. More information on the ARPA-E NEXTCAR program itself may be found here and details of the Phase II projects are available here.

To demonstrate and quantify these energy savings, innovation will be required to evaluate efficiency in the automated vehicle space and assign value to those savings for evaluation of the viability of these technologies for integration into the future CAV fleet. If issued, this Exploratory Topic will likely consist of two complementary tasks.

(1) CAV Testing Facility: Focused on developing the infrastructure needs and requirements to evaluate the energy efficiency of CAV technologies under development in normal driving conditions in a controlled environment.

(2) Real-World Driving Scenarios: Focused on developing driving routes utilizing augmented reality, which are representative of real-world driving scenarios, as well as maneuvers and conditions occurring on these routes to accurately assess and quantify the energy and emissions benefits of NEXTCAR Phase II technologies.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages outstanding scientists and engineers from different organizations, scientific disciplines, and technology sectors to form new project teams. Multidisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration spanning organizational boundaries enables and accelerates the achievement of scientific and technological outcomes that were previously viewed as extremely difficult, if not impossible. Furthermore, ARPA-E strongly encourages involving industry partners to advise and collaborate with these project teams, with the goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of the innovative technologies these projects teams develop.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E Exchange (https://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, in May 2022. Once posted, the Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect new Teaming Partners who have provided their information.

Any organization that would like to be included on the Teaming Partner List should complete all required fields in the following link: https://arpa-e-foa.energy.gov/ApplicantProfile.aspx. Required information includes: Organization Name, Contact Name, Contact Address, Contact Email, Contact Phone, Organization Type, Area of Technical Expertise, and Brief Description of Capabilities.

By submitting a response to this Announcement, respondents consent to the publication of the above-referenced information. By facilitating this Teaming Partner List, ARPA–E does not endorse or otherwise evaluate the qualifications of the entities that self-identify for placement on the Teaming Partner List. ARPA–E will not pay for the provision of any information, nor will it compensate any respondents for the development of such information. Responses submitted by any means other than via the link provided above will not be considered.

This Announcement does not constitute a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final Exploratory Topic, expected to be issued in June 2022 under the FOAs noted at the beginning of this Teaming Partner List, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • NEXTCAR Exploratory Topic Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 5/20/2022 04:50 PM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

To access the Teaming Partner List for the FOA, click here.

DE-FOA-0002786: Request for Information (RFI) on Stimulating Geochemical Reactions in the Subsurface for in-situ Generation of Hydrogen and Helium Production

The purpose of this RFI is to solicit input for a potential future ARPA-E research program focused on enabling technical advances which could lead to subsurface chemical reactors and gas separations. ARPA-E is seeking information to test the hypothesis that the subsurface can be used as a reactive environment to produce hydrogen at $1/kg, per DOE’s Hydrogen Shot target[1], and helium with no carbon emissions.

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION GUIDELINES

No material submitted for review will be returned and there will be no formal or informal debriefing concerning the review of any submitted material. ARPA-E may contact respondents to request clarification or seek additional information relevant to this RFI. All responses provided will be considered, but ARPA-E will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. Respondents shall not include any information in the response to this RFI that could be considered proprietary or confidential.

Responses to this RFI should be submitted in PDF format to the email address ARPA-E-RFI@hq.doe.gov by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on July 11, 2022. Emails should conform to the following guidelines:

  • Please insert “Response to Hydrogen-Helium Geochemistry - <your organization name>” in the subject line of your email.
  • In the body of your email, include your name, title, organization, type of organization (e.g. university, non-governmental organization, small business, large business, federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), government-owned/government-operated (GOGO), etc.), email address, telephone number, and area of expertise.
  • Responses to this RFI are limited to no more than 10 pages in length (12-point font size).
  • Respondents are strongly encouraged to include preliminary results, data, and figures that describe their potential processes.

[1] Hydrogen Shot | Department of Energy

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: TBD
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: TBD