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ARPA-E Funding Opportunity Announcements

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  DE-FOA-0001953 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0001954 Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 7/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002166 SCALEUP Fast Track Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/7/2020 09:30 AM ET 8/5/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002166 Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019 (SCALEUP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/7/2020 09:30 AM ET 9/25/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002238 Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives (ASCEND) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002239 Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives SBIR/STTR (ASCEND SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002240 Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002241 Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency SBIR/STTR (REEACH SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 1/31/2020 09:30 AM ET 5/22/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002250 Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/19/2020 09:30 AM ET 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002251 Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management SBIR/STTR (SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2/19/2020 09:30 AM ET 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002288 Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned Fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW): Enabling Technologies for Commercially Attractive Fusion Energy Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 4/10/2020 09:30 AM ET 6/23/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002334 Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/27/2020 09:30 AM ET 8/28/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002335 Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems SBIR/STTR (SHARKS SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 5/27/2020 09:30 AM ET 8/28/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002337 Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/5/2020 09:30 AM ET 8/31/2020 09:30 AM ET
  DE-FOA-0002338 Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 6/9/2020 09:30 AM ET 8/31/2020 09:30 AM ET
  RFI-0000047 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000048 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000049 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA Integration of Ammonia Technologies Developed under the REFUEL Program Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000050 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas: Connecting Aviation by Lighter Electric Systems (CABLES) Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000051 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Carbon Optimized Bioconversion Teaming Partner List
  RFI-0000052 Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Topic: LOwering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES) Teaming Partner List

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:
OPEN - FA Deadline 9:30 AM ET 7/22/2020

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

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

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

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

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001953 Modification 12 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:49 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)

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

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/5/2020 04:08 PM ET)
  • Technical Volume: Topic K (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 03:18 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)
  • 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)

Submission Deadlines

  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 7/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 9/4/2019 5:00 PM ET

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 10:30 AM ET 6/2/2020

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

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

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

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

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

Documents

  • DE-FOA-0001954 Modification 11 (Last Updated: 6/1/2020 02:53 PM 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)

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

  • Technical Volume Template_DE-FOA-0001954 (Last Updated: 2/8/2019 12:43 PM ET)
  • Technical Volume: Topic K (Last Updated: 4/2/2020 04:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:02 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/6/2020 02:37 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 12/20/2018 02:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (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)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (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: 7/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/28/2019 5:00 PM ET – 9/4/2019 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002166: SCALEUP Fast Track

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) solicitation 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 FOA builds upon ARPA-E-funded technologies by scaling the most promising. Stranding 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 FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:22 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

Pre-Application

  • SCALEUP - Preliminary Application (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:33 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:34 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Statement of Work (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:34 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - SF-424A (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:35 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Business Assurances and Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:35 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances and Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:36 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • SCALEUP Fast-Track Memo Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:45 PM ET)
  • Project Plan Volume (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:46 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:46 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:46 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:47 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:48 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:48 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:48 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:49 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 05:49 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

  • Preliminary Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/5/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Preliminary Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/4/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/9/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 8/14/2020 5:00 PM ET – 8/21/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002166: Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2019 (SCALEUP)

The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential (SCALEUP) solicitation 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 FOA builds upon ARPA-E-funded technologies by scaling the most promising. Stranding 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 FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:14 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SCALEUP Preliminary Application FOA (Last Updated: 12/17/2019 03:23 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 1 (Last Updated: 1/31/2020 02:55 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 03:59 PM ET)
  • SCALEUP Modification 03 (Last Updated: 4/22/2020 07:14 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

Pre-Application

  • SCALEUP - Preliminary Application (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:54 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:18 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Statement of Work (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:54 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - SF-424A (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:23 PM ET)
  • Small Business Grant - Business Assurances and Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 02:52 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances and Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 05:27 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 09:15 AM ET)

Full Application

  • SCALEUP Fast-Track Memo Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:21 PM ET)
  • Project Plan Volume (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:22 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:30 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:30 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 7/9/2020 05:57 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:31 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:38 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:40 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:40 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:41 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/8/2020 04:43 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

  • Preliminary Application Submission Deadline: 5/7/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 9/25/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Preliminary Application Reviewer Comments Period: 6/4/2020 5:00 PM ET – 6/9/2020 5:00 PM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/27/2020 5:00 PM ET – 11/2/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002238: Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives (ASCEND)

The Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) program supports the development of novel lightweight and ultra-efficient electric motors, drives[1], and associated thermal management system (collectively referred to as the all-electric powertrain) that will facilitate net-zero carbon emissions in the single-aisle, 150-200 passenger commercial aircraft segment. This FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in the development of enabling technologies for long-range (≥ 2,800 nautical miles), carbon neutral commercial aviation. The other part of the wider ARPA-E effort is included in a separate FOA targeting ultra-efficient and lightweight energy storage and fuel-to-electric power conversion system[2]. The overarching goal of the two FOAs is to reduce the emissions from commercial aviation by developing cost-competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon-neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs)[3] to delivered electric energy, which is then further converted to thrust via propulsors driven by electric motors and associated motor drives. The focus of the ASCEND program is the development of an all-electric powertrain as the prime mover for long-range, narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Current electric powertrains do not have high enough power density and efficiency to enable competitive and fully decarbonized aviation for the narrow-body class of aircraft.

The ASCEND program aims to take advantage of emerging materials, manufacturing techniques, and design topologies, with a focus on the co-design of electromagnetics, power electronics, and thermal management solutions. The ASCEND program requires demanding figures of merit for specific power (≥ 12 kW/kg) and efficiency (≥ 93%) for the fully integrated all‑electric powertrain systems; these targets, among others, are well beyond the capability of current state‑of‑the-art technologies and will require creative thinking and innovation in the electric motor and power electronics space.

The ASCEND program will incorporate two phases. Phase I calls for conceptual designs and computer simulations of motor, its drive, and their integration, as well as subsystem/component level demonstrations, as necessary, for the proposed key enabling technologies to support the design and simulated performance projections. Phase I will be 18 months long. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, projects that achieve technical success in Phase I may, at ARPA-E’s sole discretion, proceed to the second phase of the program to develop, fabricate, and test an integrated motor and drive developmental prototype (≥ 250 kW) comprised of an electric motor, its drive and associated thermal management system (TMS).

If successful, the ASCEND program will accelerate innovations and cause disruptive changes in the emerging electric aviation field, which is poised to play a significant role in the near- and long-term. The program will also further enhance the U.S. technology dominance in the field of high-performance electric motors for hybrid electric aviation and a full range of other industrial applications beyond aviation, such as electric vehicles, maritime technologies, wind turbines, and off-shore drilling.


[1] A drive is the electronic device that harnesses and controls the electrical energy sent to the motor, utilizing power electronics and associated control logic.  The drive can feed electricity into the motor in varying amounts and at varying frequencies, thereby enabling control of the motor's speed and torque.

[2] Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon Emission and High Efficiency (REEACH), DE-FOA-0002240 and DE-FOA-0002241.

[3] CNLFs are defined in REEACH as energydense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures (e.g. sustainable hydrocarbons and oxygenates).

Documents

  • ASCEND DE-FOA-0002238 Modification 1 (Last Updated: 3/24/2020 10:35 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ASCEND CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 02:47 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

  • ASCEND Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 02:57 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:35 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:36 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:45 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook_5_Year (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:21 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:46 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:50 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:51 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/7/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/13/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002239: Aviation-Class Synergistically Cooled Electric-Motors with Integrated Drives SBIR/STTR (ASCEND SBIR/STTR)

The Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) program supports the development of novel lightweight and ultra-efficient electric motors, drives[1], and associated thermal management system (collectively referred to as the all-electric powertrain) that will facilitate net-zero carbon emissions in the single-aisle, 150-200 passenger commercial aircraft segment. This FOA represents part of a wider ARPA-E effort in the development of enabling technologies for long-range (≥ 2,800 nautical miles), carbon neutral commercial aviation. The other part of the wider ARPA-E effort is included in a separate FOA targeting ultra-efficient and lightweight energy storage and fuel-to-electric power conversion system[2]. The overarching goal of the two FOAs is to reduce the emissions from commercial aviation by developing cost-competitive systems for the efficient conversion of the chemical energy of carbon-neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs)[3] to delivered electric energy, which is then further converted to thrust via propulsors driven by electric motors and associated motor drives. The focus of the ASCEND program is the development of an all-electric powertrain as the prime mover for long-range, narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737. Current electric powertrains do not have high enough power density and efficiency to enable competitive and fully decarbonized aviation for the narrow-body class of aircraft.

The ASCEND program aims to take advantage of emerging materials, manufacturing techniques, and design topologies, with a focus on the co-design of electromagnetics, power electronics, and thermal management solutions. The ASCEND program requires demanding figures of merit for specific power (≥ 12 kW/kg) and efficiency (≥ 93%) for the fully integrated all‑electric powertrain systems; these targets, among others, are well beyond the capability of current state‑of‑the-art technologies and will require creative thinking and innovation in the electric motor and power electronics space.

The ASCEND program will incorporate two phases. Phase I calls for conceptual designs and computer simulations of motor, its drive, and their integration, as well as subsystem/component level demonstrations, as necessary, for the proposed key enabling technologies to support the design and simulated performance projections. Phase I will be 18 months long. Subject to the availability of appropriated funds, projects that achieve technical success in Phase I may, at ARPA-E’s sole discretion, proceed to the second phase of the program to develop, fabricate, and test an integrated motor and drive developmental prototype (≥ 250 kW) comprised of an electric motor, its drive and associated thermal management system (TMS).

If successful, the ASCEND program will accelerate innovations and cause disruptive changes in the emerging electric aviation field, which is poised to play a significant role in the near- and long-term. The program will also further enhance the U.S. technology dominance in the field of high-performance electric motors for hybrid electric aviation and a full range of other industrial applications beyond aviation, such as electric vehicles, maritime technologies, wind turbines, and off-shore drilling.


[1] A drive is the electronic device that harnesses and controls the electrical energy sent to the motor, utilizing power electronics and associated control logic. The drive can feed electricity into the motor in varying amounts and at varying frequencies, thereby enabling control of the motor's speed and torque.

[2] Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon Emission and High Efficiency (REEACH), DE-FOA-0002240 and DE-FOA-0002241.

[3] CNLFs are defined in REEACH as energydense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures (e.g. sustainable hydrocarbons and oxygenates).

Documents

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002239 Mod 01 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:11 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/16/2019 12:20 PM ET)

Required Application Documents

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Concept Paper

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:19 PM ET)

Full Application

  • ASCEND SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:16 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:17 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:18 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:18 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:32 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:33 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:34 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:35 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:35 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:36 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 05:36 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/7/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/13/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002240: Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH)

ARPA-E seeks to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial air travel at minimum economic cost by developing elements of an ultra-high efficient aircraft propulsion system that uses Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs).[1] Since these fuels generally either have lower specific-energies (kWh/kg) or are projected to have higher cost than traditional fossil-based jet fuels, ultra-high conversion efficiency is critical for the economic viability of this approach. An electrified propulsion system framework postulated by ARPA-E (Fig. 1) could potentially leverage multiple sources of stored energy (e.g. CNLF, batteries, etc.) to facilitate emerging propulsion concepts (e.g. distributed propulsion) and enable net-zero carbon emissions for long range, narrow-body, commercial aircraft.

The objective of the Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program is the development of one element of the electrified propulsion system framework: a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense CNLFs (green block in Fig. 1) to electric power for aircraft propulsion and hotel loads. (The development of the all-electric powertrain depicted in Fig. 1 is the objective of a separate ARPA-E FOA.[2])


[1] CNLFs are defined in this FOA as energy dense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures.

[2] Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) FOA to be released by ARPA-E.

Documents

  • REEACH FA FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 3/24/2020 09:20 AM ET)

Previous Versions

  • REEACH CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:33 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

  • REEACH Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • REEACH - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:26 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:28 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification Workbook / SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:25 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:27 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 02:50 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:28 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:29 PM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:30 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:31 PM ET)
  • REEACH Metrics Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 03:32 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/8/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/14/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002241: Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency SBIR/STTR (REEACH SBIR/STTR)

ARPA-E seeks to mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with commercial air travel at minimum economic cost by developing elements of an ultra-high efficient aircraft propulsion system that uses Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs).[1] Since these fuels generally either have lower specific-energies (kWh/kg) or are projected to have higher cost than traditional fossil-based jet fuels, ultra-high conversion efficiency is critical for the economic viability of this approach. An electrified propulsion system framework postulated by ARPA-E (Fig. 1) could potentially leverage multiple sources of stored energy (e.g. CNLF, batteries, etc.) to facilitate emerging propulsion concepts (e.g. distributed propulsion) and enable net-zero carbon emissions for long range, narrow-body, commercial aircraft.

The objective of the Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency (REEACH) program is the development of one element of the electrified propulsion system framework: a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense CNLFs (green block in Fig. 1) to electric power for aircraft propulsion and hotel loads. (The development of the all-electric powertrain depicted in Fig. 1 is the objective of a separate ARPA-E FOA.[2])


[1] CNLFs are defined in this FOA as energy dense liquid fuels with no net greenhouse gas emissions or net carbon footprint. They are made by converting molecules contained in air (N2, CO2), water, and/or biomass using renewable energy into energy-carrying fuels that are liquid at moderate temperatures and pressures.

[2] Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with iNtegrated Drives (ASCEND) FOA to be released by ARPA-E.

Documents

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR FA FOA - Mod 01 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:20 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:40 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

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/14/2019 03:44 PM ET)

Full Application

  • REEACH SBIR/STTR - Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:31 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:34 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification SF-424A Guidance (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:35 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification/ SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:44 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances Disclosures Form SBIR-STTR (Fillable) (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:46 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • Summary For Public Release Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:47 PM ET)
  • REEACH Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:48 PM ET)
  • US Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:49 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:50 PM ET)
  • SBIR VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:51 PM ET)
  • REEACH SBIR/STTR Metrics Workbook (Last Updated: 3/23/2020 04:51 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 1/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 5/22/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/8/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/14/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002250: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM)

The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%,[1] and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.

The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953,[2] aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production[3] and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.


[1] Assuming a 30% reduction in nitrogen inputs and nitrous oxide emissions for corn-grain ethanol and ~100 kg/acre/year increase in soil carbon across the projected 5 Quadrillion Btu capacity for terrestrial biofuel feedstocks.

[2] DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas, Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

[3] USDA Economic Research Service. Corn production costs and returns per planted acre, excluding Government payments. For the base survey of 2016, the U.S. average for net value of production less overhead and operating costs ranged from -$45 to -$75 per acre.

Documents

  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 6/11/2020 03:33 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SMARTFARM CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:14 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/10/2020 02:36 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:21 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM FOA - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 10:49 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.

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Concept Paper

  • SMARTFARM Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:15 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:59 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:10 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:13 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:12 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:14 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:14 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:15 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:15 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:16 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:17 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/19/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/31/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002251: Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management SBIR/STTR (SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR)

The objective of the Systems for Monitoring and Analytics for Renewable Transportation Fuels from Agricultural Resources and Management (SMARTFARM) program is to bridge the data gap in the biofuel supply chain by funding the development of technologies that can replace national averages and emissions factors for feedstock-related emissions with field-level estimates. The value of such technologies will be evaluated by their ability to reliably, accurately (i.e. low uncertainty), and cost-effectively quantify feedstock production lifecycle emissions (in g CO2e/acre) at the field level (i.e. scalable to >80 acres). If successful, the technologies funded by this phase of the SMARTFARM program will catalyze new market incentives for efficiency in feedstock production and carbon management, reducing annual U.S. emissions by ~1%,[1] and with substantially greater potential emissions reductions implications if expanded to other agricultural products beyond biofuels.

The SMARTFARM portfolio is structured in two initial phases: Phase 1 of the program, which is described in Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production, of DE-FOA-0001953,[2] aims to support the establishment of high-resolution datasets that will be available to the public, without restriction, to support testing and validation of emerging monitoring technologies. These Phase 1 production sites will be outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and monitored on a per-acre basis. The low profit margins of feedstock production[3] and high cost of monitoring technologies make it cost-prohibitive to monitor impacts on a larger scale at such high resolution, which is why this second phase of the portfolio intends to fund technologies capable of delivering the same estimates, at or below specified uncertainty levels, at a cost capable of delivering a positive return on investment when field-level carbon emissions reductions are connected to associated biofuel carbon markets. Under the SMARTFARM portfolio, Phase 2 technologies will be subject to rigorous testing to demonstrate performance in relevant deployment scenarios. Successful projects in this second phase of the portfolio will be encouraged to partner with Phase 1 site managers to deploy and validate their technologies.


[1] Assuming a 30% reduction in nitrogen inputs and nitrous oxide emissions for corn-grain ethanol and ~100 kg/acre/year increase in soil carbon across the projected 5 Quadrillion Btu capacity for terrestrial biofuel feedstocks.

[2] DE-FOA-0001953: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas, Topic H: Establishing validation sites for field-level emissions quantification of agricultural bioenergy feedstock production

[3] USDA Economic Research Service. Corn production costs and returns per planted acre,excluding Government payments. For the base survey of 2016, the U.S. average for net value of production less overhead and operating costs ranged from -$45 to -$75 per acre.

Documents

  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 04 (Last Updated: 6/11/2020 03:36 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SMARFARM SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 4/10/2020 02:38 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:23 PM ET)
  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR FOA - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 10:51 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.

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Concept Paper

  • SMARTFARM SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 12/18/2019 03:20 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 01:59 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 02:57 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 6/18/2020 05:12 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification - SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:01 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - SBIR-STTR Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:02 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:03 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:04 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:05 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:05 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:07 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 4/24/2020 03:07 PM ET)

Contact Information

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 2/19/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/28/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/31/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002288: Galvanizing Advances in Market-aligned Fusion for an Overabundance of Watts (GAMOW): Enabling Technologies for Commercially Attractive Fusion Energy

The ARPA-E / SC-FES joint program, GAMOW, supports innovative research and development (R&D) in a range of enabling technologies (beyond confinement plasma physics), defined further below and in Section I.D, required for commercially attractive fusion energy. Key attributes for any commercially attractive energy include economics, safety, reliability/availability/maintainability/inspectability (RAMI), and environmental sustainability. This program prioritizes R&D that will help establish both the technical and commercial viability of a range of fusion enabling technologies (depicted generically in Fig. 1), particularly in (i) all the required technologies and subsystems between the fusion plasma and the balance of plant, and (ii) cost-effective, high-efficiency, high-duty-cycle driver technologies. Applicants should leverage and build on foundational research in fusion materials, fusion nuclear science (FNS), plasma-materials interactions (PMI), and other enabling technologies, and focus on potentially transformative fusion-energy R&D that is informed by market-aware techno-economic analysis (TEA).

Documents

  • GAMOW - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 12:52 PM ET)
  • GAMOW - Modification 03 (Last Updated: 6/19/2020 01:57 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • GAMOW CP Phase FOA (Last Updated: 2/12/2020 05:19 PM ET)
  • GAMOW - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 3/19/2020 06:15 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.

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Concept Paper

  • GAMOW - Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 2/12/2020 05:36 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Full Application (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:06 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:07 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:08 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:09 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:10 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:12 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:12 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:13 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:14 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 5/5/2020 03:14 PM ET)

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Submission Deadlines

  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 4/10/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 6/23/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 7/24/2020 5:00 PM ET – 7/30/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002334: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS)

The SHARKS[1] Program seeks to develop new designs for economically attractive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents. Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers, while HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other “blue economy” or utility-scale applications. This Program is aimed at applying Control Co-Design (CCD), Co-Design (CD) and Designing-for-OpEx (DFO) methodologies to HKT design. These three design methodologies require the concurrent (rather than sequential) application of a wide range of disciplines, starting at the conceptual design stage. The technical challenges that inhibit the development of highly efficient HKT designs are mutually dependent, and require expertise from a range of scientific and engineering fields for optimization. These codependent technical challenges make HKT design a perfect candidate for CCD, CD and DFO, and will necessitate the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to resolve their inherently coupled design considerations.

This Program seeks to fund the development of new HKT designs that include, but are not limited to, hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations. Simultaneous consideration of the full problem can result in operational designs that are optimal, and suitable for deployment in a wide variety of tidal and riverine energy environments. The SHARKS Program seeks new HKT designs that are optimized within a Metric Space that quantifies the swept rotor area per unit of equivalent mass and the water-to-electron power generation efficiency, while navigating across LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) contours of constant value or isolines. Projects in this Program will develop radically new HKT designs that offer a significant reduction in LCOE (~60%) compared to the current state-of-the-art –see Table 9. These designs will need to reduce the LCOE through a multi-faceted approach that includes increasing generation efficiency, increasing rotor area per unit of equivalent system mass, lowering operating and maintenance costs, and minimizing potential negative impacts on the surrounding environment, among other considerations. It is expected that projects will include physical testing of the critical systems and sub-systems in the water to prove the assumptions underlying the device’s design.


[1] SHARKS is the acronym for “Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems.”

Documents

  • SHARKS DE-FOA-0002334 FA FOA (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:33 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SHARKS DE-FOA-0002334 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:23 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

  • SHARKS Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:26 PM ET)
  • S1_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:27 PM ET)
  • S2_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:27 PM ET)
  • S3_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:28 PM ET)
  • S4_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:29 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:08 PM ET)
  • S1_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:11 PM ET)
  • S2_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:11 PM ET)
  • S3_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:12 PM ET)
  • S4_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:12 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:13 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:13 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:18 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:18 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:20 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:35 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:21 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:34 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:35 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: 5/27/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/28/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/5/2020 5:00 PM ET – 10/9/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002335: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems SBIR/STTR (SHARKS SBIR/STTR)

The SHARKS[1] Program seeks to develop new designs for economically attractive Hydrokinetic Turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents. Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers, while HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other “blue economy” or utility-scale applications. This Program is aimed at applying Control Co-Design (CCD), Co-Design (CD) and Designing-for-OpEx (DFO) methodologies to HKT design. These three design methodologies require the concurrent (rather than sequential) application of a wide range of disciplines, starting at the conceptual design stage. The technical challenges that inhibit the development of highly efficient HKT designs are mutually dependent, and require expertise from a range of scientific and engineering fields for optimization. These codependent technical challenges make HKT design a perfect candidate for CCD, CD and DFO, and will necessitate the formation of multi-disciplinary teams to resolve their inherently coupled design considerations.

This Program seeks to fund the development of new HKT designs that include, but are not limited to, hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations. Simultaneous consideration of the full problem can result in operational designs that are optimal, and suitable for deployment in a wide variety of tidal and riverine energy environments. The SHARKS Program seeks new HKT designs that are optimized within a Metric Space that quantifies the swept rotor area per unit of equivalent mass and the water-to-electron power generation efficiency, while navigating across LCOE (Levelized Cost of Energy) contours of constant value or isolines. Projects in this Program will develop radically new HKT designs that offer a significant reduction in LCOE (~60%) compared to the current state-of-the-art –see Table 9. These designs will need to reduce the LCOE through a multi-faceted approach that includes increasing generation efficiency, increasing rotor area per unit of equivalent system mass, lowering operating and maintenance costs, and minimizing potential negative impacts on the surrounding environment, among other considerations. It is expected that projects will include physical testing of the critical systems and sub-systems in the water to prove the assumptions underlying the device’s design.


[1] SHARKS is the acronym for “Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems.”

Documents

  • SHARKS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002335 FA FOA (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:37 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • SHARKS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0002335 CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:49 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

  • SHARKS SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:56 PM ET)
  • S1_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:57 PM ET)
  • S2_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:58 PM ET)
  • S3_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:58 PM ET)
  • S4_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 4/8/2020 07:58 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:39 PM ET)
  • S1_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:40 PM ET)
  • S2_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:40 PM ET)
  • S3_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:40 PM ET)
  • S4_SHARKS_MetricSpaceWorkbook (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:41 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:41 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:42 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:43 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:44 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:45 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:46 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/14/2020 01:45 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: 5/27/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/28/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/5/2020 5:00 PM ET – 10/9/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002337: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE)

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 ºC in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

Documents

  • ULTIMATE FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:49 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ULTIMATE CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 01:58 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

  • ULTIMATE Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:03 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:03 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:04 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:08 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:08 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:09 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:10 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:11 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:12 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:12 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 01:13 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: 6/5/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/2/2020 5:00 PM ET – 10/8/2020 5:00 PM ET

DE-FOA-0002338: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR)

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 ºC in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. The successful materials must be able to withstand not only the highest temperature in a turbine but also the extreme stresses of a turbine blade. This program will concurrently fund the development of manufacturing processes for turbine components using these materials, enabling complex geometries that can be seamlessly integrated in the system design. Coatings including both environmental barrier coatings (EBC) and thermal barrier coatings (TBC) are also within the scope of this program. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

Documents

  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR CP FOA - Modification 02 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:35 PM ET)

Previous Versions

  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR CP FOA (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:20 PM ET)
  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR CP FOA - Modification 01 (Last Updated: 6/3/2020 09:33 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

  • ULTIMATE SBIR/STTR Concept Paper Template (Last Updated: 4/21/2020 02:26 PM ET)

Full Application

  • Technical Volume Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:20 PM ET)
  • SF-424 (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:22 PM ET)
  • Budget Justification / SF-424A Workbook Guidance (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:22 PM ET)
  • Budget_Justification_Workbook SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:23 PM ET)
  • Summary for Public Release Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:23 PM ET)
  • Summary Slide Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:24 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Template SBIR/STTR (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:24 PM ET)
  • Business Assurances & Disclosures Form - Sample (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:25 PM ET)
  • U.S. Manufacturing Plan Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:25 PM ET)
  • SBIR - VCOC Certification (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:26 PM ET)
  • Replies to Reviewer Comments Template (Last Updated: 7/16/2020 12:26 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: 6/9/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/31/2020 9:30 AM ET
  • View Full Application Reviewer Comments Period: 10/2/2020 5:00 PM ET – 10/8/2020 5:00 PM ET

RFI-0000047: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop innovative technologies for the design and proof-of-concept of economically attractive tidal and riverine hydrokinetic turbines[1]. The program seeks to leverage large multi-disciplinary teams to apply co-design and control co-design (CCD) methodologies to the technology development. Co-design brings together scientists and engineers from different disciplines to work concurrently, as opposed to sequentially, and considers the coupled design space from the outset, including dynamics and feedback control (CCD). Projects in this future program are envisioned to develop both a conceptual design, as well as perform proof-of-concept experimentation in physical environments (in the water) to confirm the technology’s capability. As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate the formation of new project teams with multi-disciplinary expertise to respond to the upcoming FOA. The FOA will provide specific program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

The national and global resource and market available for clean energy from tidal streams, rivers, and canals are vast yet largely untapped. The growth of the industry has been inhibited by technical challenges and the associated high levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Technical challenges include: harsh operating environments, risk of environmental damage, inaccessibility for installation or repairs, difficulty of extracting power at low flow speeds, low generation efficiency, high operation and maintenance costs, high installation costs, high turbulence intensity and high torques among others. The aim of this future ARPA-E program is to make a transformational change in the hydrokinetic industry by designing and de-risking new systems with a significant reduction in LCOE compared with today’s standard. This includes proof-of-concept experimentation to reduce the technical risk of the technology. This program will lay the foundation for widespread adoption of inexpensive, clean, reliable, hydrokinetic energy.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for multi-disciplinary teams to develop new hydrokinetic turbine designs for either tidal or riverine applications. Teams are encouraged to use co-design, control co-design, and designing-for-OpEx approaches to develop and perform proof-of-concept testing for new devices with radically lower LCOE. Each team will demonstrate that the proposed design meets the LCOE targets based upon a metric space supplied by ARPA-E. It is envisioned that teams will be required to reduce the LCOE through a number of approaches including increased device efficiency, a lower equivalent mass-to-swept area ratio, and a significant reduction in operation and maintenance costs. Given the low technical readiness level of hydrokinetic technology, and the inherent coupled physics within the design space, the teams will demonstrate the technology viability in a number of ways, including paper studies, simulation methods, and experimentation of scaled systems in the water. Each team will have to propose an in-water proof-of-concept that demonstrates the system’s performance and/or the viability of the enabling concepts. The wide range of tasks ARPA-E will request for this proposed program makes large multi-disciplinary teams necessary.


In order to realize the goals of the proposed ARPA-E program, teams may find expertise in areas including, but not limited to, the following: (i) hydrodynamics; (ii) systems and control engineering; (iii) mechanical engineering; (iv) electrical generators; (v) power electronics; (vi) electrical connection; (vii) experimental testing (viii) numerical simulation; (ix) system identification; (x) anchoring and mooring systems; (xi) cavitation analysis; (xii) techno-economic analysis; (xiii) blockage and array efficiency optimization; (xiv) environmental impact attenuation; (xv) fish presence sensing; (xvi) data analysis; (xvii) experimentation; (xviii) rapid deployment in water; (xix) operation and maintenance; (xx) control co-design; (xxi) efficiency; (xxii) materials; (xxiii) corrosion. 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.

A Teaming Partner List is being compiled to facilitate the formation of these new project teams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (http://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in February 2020. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of 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 and Interests related to the hydrokinetic turbine designs for tidal and riverine applications.

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 themselves 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 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 in March 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


[1]Link to HYDROKINETIC Industry Day Materials : https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=site-page/2020-hydrokinetic-industry-day

Documents

  • SHARKS Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 2/24/2020 11:27 AM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000048: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Ultrahigh Temperature Impervious Materials Advancing Turbine Efficiency (ULTIMATE)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in April 2020 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop and demonstrate ultrahigh temperature materials for gas turbines, targeting power generation and aircraft engine applications.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate collaborations among performing teams including the testing and resource support teams to respond to the upcoming FOA. The FOA will provide specific Program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria and the FOA terms. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the FOA:

Gas turbines are widely used for electric power generation and aircraft propulsion, among other industrial applications. Today, natural gas fueled turbines produce approximately 35% of the total electricity production in US. Air travel is responsible for 2% of carbon emissions and is expected to double in the next two decades globally. Improving the efficiency of gas turbines is thus a very important issue for energy savings, carbon emissions, and the economy of not only those industries, but a broad breath of sectors. Based on thermodynamic principles governing the operation of thermal mechanical systems such as turbines, the efficiency of a gas turbine depends to a large degree on the peak temperature of the working fluid (e.g. air or combustion products). The higher the peak temperature, the higher the efficiency and specific core power. The motivation of this Program is to improve the efficiency of gas turbines by increasing the temperature capability of the materials used in the most demanding environments such as the turbine blade. Currently, turbine blades are made of single crystal nickel-based superalloys with maximum operating temperature capability of 1100 °C. Thus, there is a strong need to discover, develop, and implement novel materials that work at temperatures significantly higher than that of the Ni or Co-based superalloys if further efficiency gains are to be realized.

The ULTIMATE Program seeks to support the development and demonstration of ultrahigh temperature materials that can operate continuously at 1300 °C in a standalone material test environment (or with coatings, enabling gas turbine inlet temperatures of 1800 °C) or higher, targeting gas turbine applications in the power generation and aviation industries. It is expected that the development of novel ultrahigh temperature materials in combination with compatible coatings and manufacturing technologies will enable the efficiency of gas turbines to be improved by up to 7%, which will result in significant reductions in wasted energy and carbon emissions.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for interdisciplinary teams to foster research and development of refractory metal-based alloys, including refractory metal high entropy alloys, as well as necessary coatings, for high temperature turbine blade applications. Another key objective of this Program is that the materials and manufacturing processes shall be developed concurrently as an integrated package of technology. Currently, ARPA–E anticipates that this Program will have research needs in the following topics: (1) Novel Alloy Development; (2) Coating Development; (3) Manufacturing Process Development; (4) Comprehensive Solutions; and (5) Testing and Resource Support for Topics 1-4 awardees

Presently, ARPA–E anticipates that this Program may have two research award categories:

      A) Projects to conduct research on the topics 1-4 specified immediately above

      B) Testing and resource support for topics 1-4 awardees (Topic 5), to include one or more of the following areas: (i) Testing and evaluation of mechanical properties and environmental damage resistance at ultrahigh temperatures (1300 °C or higher) (ii) Advanced Manufacturing, (iii) Materials Modeling and (iv) Cost Modeling. Individuals participating on a Topic 5 project team will not be permitted to participate on a Topic 1-4 project team.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages different organizations with outstanding scientists and engineers, and across different scientific disciplines and technology sectors to participate in this Program. 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. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (http://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in April 2020. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of 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 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 themselves 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 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 in April 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

Documents

  • ULTIMATE Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 4/15/2020 09:13 AM ET)

Contact Information

Teaming Partners

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

RFI-0000049: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA Integration of Ammonia Technologies Developed under the REFUEL Program

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in July 2020 to solicit applications for financial assistance to integrate and scale up multiple ammonia synthesis technologies that were developed under financial assistance from ARPA–E.

Specifically, ARPA-E anticipates funding a single project where the lead organization (integrator), teaming with partners, develops a skid-mounted ammonia synthesis system capable of producing ammonia from air, water, and intermittent renewable electricity at a rate of a metric ton of ammonia per day. The project team will comprise current and former ARPA-E awardees who developed ammonia synthesis technologies, and these technologies will be incorporated into the ammonia synthesis system.

Respondents to this Teaming Partner List should identify as potential:

1) Integrators: Entities that have:

  • successfully built, commissioned, and tested multiple skid-mounted chemical engineering systems that produced chemical products at a scale of hundreds of kilograms per day or higher, and have access to test sites with sufficient intermittent renewable electricity and water to produce ammonia at a rate of up to 1 metric ton per day
  • testing facilities capable of working with and disposing of or consuming toxic, high pressure, or explosive components including hydrogen and ammonia up to the requested scale, with an excellent safety record
  • an in-house facility and staff available to fabricate and assemble components for skid-mounted systems
  • experience managing multi-party consortia
  • a record of commercializing skid-mounted chemical engineering technology

Integrators are NOT required to have developed ammonia synthesis technology under an ARPA-E award.

2) Technology developers: Entities with ARPA-E funded ammonia technologies ready for scaling and system integration. These technologies may require additional, but minimal, optimization and scaling up prior to integration.

3) Vendors: Entities with commercially available technology required for ammonia synthesis, such as electrolysis and air separation.

4) Demonstrators: Entities with capability to operate test sites with sufficient intermittent renewable electricity and water to produce and utilize ammonia at a rate of up to 1 metric ton per day

More detailed information on the rationale behind the need to scale up and integrate ammonia synthesis technology can be found in the recent Request for Information (RFI) on Next Generation Ammonia System Integration Project DE-FOA-0002307. More detailed information on the background of the technology and competitiveness challenges ARPA-E seeks to address can be found in the REFUEL FOA.

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. 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, starting in June 2020. 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 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 themselves 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 in July 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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RFI-0000050: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas: Connecting Aviation by Lighter Electric Systems (CABLES)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Topic for the FOA “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas” and the “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas SBIR/STTR” in June 2020 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop and demonstrate interconnecting systems for medium-voltage power distribution in electric aviation.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate collaborations among performing teams including the testing and resource support teams to respond to the upcoming Topic. The FOA, once the new Topic has been issued, will provide specific Program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria and the FOA terms. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the Topic:

ARPA-E has recently launched two programs on electric aviation relevant to narrow-body passenger aircrafts. The first program, ASCEND (Aviation-class Synergistically Cooled Electric-motors with integrated Drives) will deal with the development of lightweight and ultra-efficient integrated electric motors, drives, and thermal management systems to facilitate net-zero carbon emissions. The second program, REEACH (Range Extenders for Electric Aviation with Low Carbon and High Efficiency) will develop a system for the conversion of chemical energy contained in energy dense Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLFs) to electric power for aircraft propulsion. However, a remaining challenge, especially in all-electric aviation, is power distribution. To address this, ARPA-E seeks the development of electric power cable, electric cable connector, and circuit breaker technology suitable for an all-electric aircraft.

The state-of-the-art maximum onboard electric power generation capacity in operating commercial airliners is approximately 1 MW on the Boeing 787 which is supplied via low-voltage AC distribution (115-235 VAC, ±270 VDC) to ancillary electrical power systems such as HVAC, avionics, actuators, and anti-icing. Airbus’ testbed design for a narrow-body, hybrid-electric distribution system, the E-Fan X, includes a distribution system at 3 kV and a 2 MW electric propulsor which replaces one of four jet engines. [1] However, an all-electric propulsion system for a twin-aisle (e.g. NASA N3-X) aircraft would require at least 50 MW [2] (i.e. utility-scale power) during takeoff, which is significantly higher than the present onboard generation and power distribution system capabilities. Rolls-Royce and GE research projects funded by NASA [3] have concluded that even with a high temperature superconductors (HTSs), voltages are optimally in the range of ±4.5-12 kV to achieve the power density required of power electronics and motors for 50 MW of total system power. The distribution of such a large amount of power may require the use of a prohibitive load of cables, connectors, and circuit breakers. Thus, ARPA-E is interested in evaluating transformative solutions such as the use of a medium-voltage distribution system and novel conducting materials that would be more likely to meet the weight and size requirements. In addition to the power density concerns, the distribution system will also have to meet the safety and reliability demands for aerospace applications in extreme environmental conditions (pressure, temperature, vibration, shock, etc.). In particular and most importantly, at medium voltage and low atmospheric pressures the risk of partial discharge becomes a concern. There are several unique challenges that will need to be addressed with various possible solution spaces to achieve greater than 50MW aerospace power distribution.

To accomplish this goal, ARPA-E is looking for diverse interdisciplinary teams to foster research and development of medium-voltage interconnecting systems for power distribution in electric aviation. The broad objectives of this Topic are to (i) identify appropriate wiring materials (i.e., conducting or superconducting) with optimum gravimetric power densities and minimum electrical losses, and evaluate corresponding vacuum or cryogenic systems if necessary; (ii) identify insulating materials with high dielectric strength, good thermal conductivity, low specific weight, conformality, malleability, and air-void minimization; (iii) assess connector designs and reliability; (iv) develop circuit breakers for aviation applications; and (v) address partial discharge related reliability issues that arise from low air pressure environments.

The targeted outcome of the program is to increase the power distribution capability on electric aircraft with minimal impact on weight while maintaining the high reliability and safety requirements of aviation.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages different organizations with outstanding scientists and engineers, and across different scientific disciplines and technology sectors to participate in this Program. 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 TeamingPartnerList is being compiled to facilitate the for mation of new projec tteams. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–EeXCHANGE (http://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in June 2020.The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically,until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of 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 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 themselves 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 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 in June 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • CABLES: Teaming Partner List (Last Updated: 6/9/2020 04:15 PM ET)

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RFI-0000051: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming FOA: New Program in Carbon Optimized Bioconversion

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) intends to issue a new Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to use advanced synthetic biology tools to engineer novel bioconversion platforms and systems capable of using and incorporating external energy inputs to substantially increase carbon utilization, flux, and efficiency while driving towards and achieving industrially relevant productivities. Successful platforms would offer fundamentally new capacities for the bioeconomy by allowing for fully carbon optimized renewable fuel and chemical synthesis with maximal carbon and resource efficiency. Proposed systems of interest include, but are not limited to (1) carbon-optimized fermentation strains that avoid CO2 evolution, (2) engineered mixotrophic consortia or systems that avoid CO2 evolution, (3) biomass derived sugar or carbon oxide gas fermentation with internal CO2 utilization, (4) cell-free carbon optimized biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 utilization, (5) cross-cutting or other proposed carbon optimized bioconversion schemes. All systems will need to demonstrate the capacity to accommodate external reducing equivalents to optimize the carbon flux and efficiency of the system as compared to a traditional fermentation system or bioconversion pathway (i.e. the sum of the recoverable energy contents of the products is greater than the energy content of the biomass or primary carbon feedstock). Allowable external reducing equivalents are limited to those that can be produced electrocatalytically using H2O, CO2, or both.

ARPA-E programs are pursuing transformational technologies up-and-down the bioeconomy supply chain to increase the sustainability of renewable fuel and chemical synthesis and to enable industrial scale carbon management and CO2 emissions mitigation. The program outlined in this FOA will build on these innovations by funding the development of (i) hydrogen accommodating non-oxidative glycolytic strains of industrial relevance for immediate enhancement of first generation biofuel production – corn starch ethanol , (ii) external energy accommodating carbon optimized platforms of industrial relevance for advanced and cellulosic fuel and fuel relevant intermediate biosynthesis, (iii) new tools and engineered approaches to optimize fermentation and biosynthesis for carbon efficiency, and (iv) advanced tools to decouple key biochemical pathways from the limitations of cell growth and maintenance by promoting the design and engineering of robust and industrially relevant cell-free bioconversion and biocatalytic platforms.

ARPA-E will provide financial support to teams proposing to develop novel carbon-optimized bioconversion systems that meet the metrics specified in the FOA. If successful, the technologies funded by this carbon optimized bioconversion program are expected to catalyze new conversion platforms for biofuels and other high-volume bioproducts that are capable of avoiding 100% of carbon loss to CO2, enabling greater than 40% increases in recoverable bioproduct from the same feedstocks. Additionally, this program will fund cutting-edge technologies to de-risk gas-fed fermentation feedstocks and cell-free bioconversion systems. ARPA–E held a workshop on these topics in September 2019. Information on this workshop can be found at the event webpage (https://arpa-e.energy.gov/?q=events/carbon-optimized-bioconversion).

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 teams, with the ultimate goal of achieving successful industry adoption and integration of a new risk-driven operational and planning paradigm.

The 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 July 2020. 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, 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 themselves 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 Announcement does not constitute a FOA. No FOA exists at this time. Applicants must refer to the final FOA, expected to be issued by the end of August 2020, for instructions on submitting an application, the desired technical metrics, and for the terms and conditions of funding.

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  • New Program in Carbon Optimized Bioconversion Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 7/9/2020 03:12 PM ET)

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RFI-0000052: Announcement of Teaming Partner List for an upcoming Topic: LOwering CO2: Models to Optimize Train Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Energy Storage (LOCOMOTIVES)

The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA–E) anticipates issuing a new Topic for the FOA “Solicitation on Topics Informing New Program Areas” in August 2020 to solicit applications for financial assistance to develop a publicly available model that enables evaluation of the benefit of various energy storage (ES) technology developments to the rail freight sector.

As described in more detail below, the purpose of this announcement is to facilitate collaborations among performing teams including the testing and resource support teams to respond to the upcoming Topic. The Topic will provide specific Program goals, technical metrics, and selection criteria and the Topic terms. For the purposes of the Teaming Partner List, the following summarizes current planning for the Topic:

US rail freight Class 1 rail system is a large transportation sector, responsible for the movement of a significant amount of freight throughout the country. It is an extremely efficient mode of transportation, accounting for 40% ton-miles of freight movement while consuming 2% of the total US transportation energy budget. Nonetheless, the GHG emissions from freight movement (not accounting for passenger trains, rail yard movement, etc.) are very large, approximately 40 MTCO2 per year [i].

A long series of incremental advancements have made it one of the most efficient modes of transportation, and thus one of the cleanest (GHG/ton-km) today. As a result, there is limited opportunity to further reduce rail GHG emissions associated with rail freight via efficiency and logistics improvements alone. This has been borne out in recent years by the observed flattening of the efficiency curve. Moreover, the locomotive fleet is well into conversion to tier 4 emission standards and further implementation of emissions reductions may actually work against further efficiency improvements. Deep decarbonization analyses show that, as with most of the transportation sector, fuel switching represents the biggest opportunity for significant further reductions in GHG associated with rail freight.

If full de-carbonization of fleet GHG emissions is to be achieved, new propulsion and energy storage (referred to generally as ES systems) technologies, as well as the charging/fueling infrastructure, must be developed. However, this will be more difficult for the rail freight sector than for much of the rest of the transportation sector since the unique operational and financial characteristics of the rail freight sector combine to drive very challenging requirements:

  • Very high energy storage requirements > GJ
  • High power drive systems: Rail freight requires high propulsion power (> 10 MW provided by multiple locomotives)
  • Need for widely distributed infrastructure
  • Industry moving to larger trains
  • High capital costs → long lifecycle for new technology
  • Mostly privately owned → desire for short term ROI

Although the rail industry and government have done research to decarbonize rail freight, no comprehensive plan has emerged given the many challenges discussed above. The new ES systems studied to date are not viewed by all stakeholders to have a reasonable technical or economic viability.

A global rollout plan must be developed to replace or modify the existing fleet of approximately 25,000 locomotives and expand the fraction of cargo moving by rail if rail is to become an integral part of full de-carbonization in the next decades. Fortunately, the rail sector includes a manageable number of routes, well characterized trains and infrastructure systems, predictable schedules, and diesel-electric propulsion. As a result, at least theoretically, this enables optimal planning for potential technology infusion into the sector. Of course, a comprehensive ES rollout modeling tool must be informed by and consistent with the economic and logistical constraints of the rail freight system.

ARPA-E seeks diverse interdisciplinary teams in the development of planning and simulation tools that model deployment of new ES technologies with output values over a few time scales (e.g., 10, 20, 30 years) of GHG emissions, and levelized cost of Mt-km (LCOTKM). Optionally as a stretch goal, the simulation tool would also enable automated optimization of the technology deployment at specific target levels of GHG emissions and/or LCOTKM reductions. The LCOTKM model should be defensible based on historical analysis of investments, new technology deployment and regulatory compliance in the rail freight industry. A realistic physical model should be built for each new ES so that its performance and energy consumption on a route-by-route basis is validated.

ARPA-E envisions that inputs to the model would fall into three main classes: ES properties, rail route constraints and logistics, economic model assumptions. Since the logistics will often include consist (group of locomotives on one train), multiple EV technologies should be explored. The GHG accounting will utilize the standard DOE recommendations contained in https://greet.es.anl.gov/.

The targeted outcome of the program is a set of publicly available planning tools for identification, evaluation, and prioritization of ES-related technology developments whose deployment would significantly reduce GHG in the rail freight sector. This tool must account for the existing constraints of the rail freight system or reasonable extrapolation thereof. This analysis will inform the priorities in ES technologies development and deployment utilizing a common validated tool.

As a general matter, ARPA–E strongly encourages different organizations with outstanding scientists and engineers, and across different scientific disciplines and technology sectors to participate in this Program. 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. ARPA-E intends to make the Teaming Partner List available on ARPA–E eXCHANGE (http://ARPA–E-foa.energy.gov), ARPA–E’s online application portal, starting in August 2020. The Teaming Partner List will be updated periodically, until the close of the Full Application period, to reflect the addition of 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 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 themselves 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 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 in August 2020, for instructions on submitting an application and for the terms and conditions of funding.


[i] https://www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/fast-facts-transportation-greenhouse-gas-emissions.

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  • LOCOMOTIVES Teaming Partner Announcement (Last Updated: 8/4/2020 10:34 AM ET)

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