Education & Workforce Development

The Delaware Energy Institute strives to engage and inspire future generations on the essential topics of energy use and conservation. Our education and workforce development activities focus on teaching and enhancing critical workforce skills, arming individuals with the knowledge and know-how needed to succeed in an energy-dependent world.

 

Listed below are the numerous energy-related offerings and resources available at the University of Delaware.

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Energy-related courses

ECON 320 – Energy Economics

Uses economic theory to examine the operation and efficiency of energy markets. Topics include regulation, energy efficiency and emission control, and public policies affecting energy markets.

ELEG 303 – Electricity from Sunlight

Introduction to generating electricity with solar energy, such as the photovoltaic system on the University Field House. Course content is directed to non-electrical engineering undergraduate students. Students pursuing degrees in the basic sciences, business, accounting, education and other engineering fields would all benefit.

ELEG 415 – Electric Power and Renewable Energy Systems

Introduction to electric power systems and interfaces with renewable energy sources. Covers electric power generation, transmission, distribution; residential, commercial, and industrial systems; components, operation, losses, metering and load management.

ELEG 437 – Energy Systems

Energy flows are examined in our society including all sources, conversions and conversion efficiencies, and end uses. Both existing and alternative energy sources are presented, especially with regard to total resource availability. Thermodynamics of conversion efficiency is covered, as well as efficiency measures available in end use.

ELEG 628 – Solar Energy Technology and Application

This course will take the student from understanding the photovoltaic (PV) effect in a p-n junction solar cell all the way to the impact of gigawatts of power on our grid. Students will understand the critical issues in photovoltaic (PV) research, manufacturing, cost, performance and deployment. We learn how to calculate how much energy is harvested at a given location for different module configurations and how light leads to the generation of current and voltage in a solar cell.  The design, processing and manufacturing of various PV cell and module technologies is covered in detail. Students will learn to design and analyze off-grid and grid-connected systems. The economics and integration challenges residential, commercial and centralized PV power systems are discussed. The class has a lab where students apply the basic concepts of parallel and series circuits and solar modules, impact of module tilt and temperature, and battery charging. Class is open to Engineering seniors and graduate students.

ENEP 117 – Science, Society and Energy

Basic science and societal issues related to energy production process and effects of their uses. Topics include ethics of energy production and uses, scientific principals that govern production and use of energy, environmental issues related to the use of energy, e.g., global warming, acid rain.

ENEP 250 – Introduction to Energy Policy

Introduces field of energy policy and provides a review of the role of social, economic, political, and environmental factors in shaping the energy sector. Surveys policy, technical and economic assessments of key energy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world and the appropriate policy mechanisms to implement these options.

ENEP 425 – Energy Policy and Administration

Analyzes energy use and energy policy with respect to politics, society, economics, political economy, technology, resources, and environment. Focuses on interrelationships among energy, environment, economy and equity (E4). It considers the energy policy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world.

ENEP 427 – Sustainable Energy: Economics and Policy Analysis

Examines existing policy responses to climate change, alongside opportunities for a redirected political economy to achieve energy and environmental conditions with meaningful CO2 reductions. Specific attention given to possibilities and limits of scientific knowledge and technology in galvanizing social change.

ENEP 460 – Financial Analysis for Sustainable Energy

Interest in sustainable energy options has grown with their wider adoption. For large-scale deployment, sustainable energy options should be financially attractive. Teach students how to conduct financial analysis for sustainable energy to quantify benefits and associated costs. Covers primary financial evaluation methods. Study time value of money, cash flow equivalence, cost-benefit analysis, before and after tax cash flow, rate of return analysis and Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE). Learn how to use renewable energy performance and financial modeling tools and will be able to evaluate impact of policies on their financial performance.

ENEP 468 – Research in Energy and Environment

Examines advanced research concepts, methods and findings in the fields of energy and environment. Explores topics in support of student research with a focus on sustainability issues in Northern and Southern countries.

ENEP 470 – Readings in Energy and Environment

Explores a range of concepts, issues and phenomena associated with energy and environmental policy. Allows student and instructor to interact dynamically in crafting a readings list building upon the student’s interest in given topics. Successful completion of course should allow student to prepare a research paper summarizing key material and analyzing its substantive relevance to thematic concerns in the student’s plan of study.

ENEP 485 – Senior Seminar in Energy and Environmental Policy

Expose ENEP students to the wide range of work that is being done on local, national and global levels related to Energy and Environment as well as to make students aware of the work and events that are happening on the UD campus in this area. Invited speakers will cover a vast range of topics including presentations on soft energy pathways, the conscious and unconscious effects on the environment and their mitigation strategies, Anthropocene to anthropocentricity, Buddhist Physics and Buddhist Economics, etc.

ENSC 370 – Energy on Earth

Reviews all energy types available on Earth (including coal, petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, geothermal, hydro, wind, solar, wave, tidal, and biomass), energy sources and end uses, energy resource assessments, energy conversions, energy system impacts on the environment, and future energy scenarios.

GEOG 236 – Conservation: Global Issues

Introduces the global nature of resources management and discusses the relationships between population growth, the market economy, agricultural production and mineral and energy exploitation, worldwide.

GEOG 413 – Meteorological processes for wind energy

Explores the fundamental concepts of meteorology that are needed to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power and energy from turbines; and wind measurement technologies.

MAST 413 – Meteorological processes for wind energy

Explores the fundamental concepts of meteorology that are needed to understand onshore, offshore, and airborne wind energy. Topics include: forces affecting winds; terrain and land-use effects; air turbulence; numerical modeling; wind power and energy from turbines; and wind measurement technologies.

MAST 439 – Renewable Energy & Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment

Introduction to US laws and regulations pertaining to greenhouse gases and the generation, transmission, and integration of renewable energy into the electrical, transportation and building heat systems. Explores judicial opinions but also considers technical and scientific sources.

MAST 480 – Renewable Energy and Climate: Law, Regulation and Environment

Introduction to US laws and regulations pertaining to greenhouse gases and the generation, transmission, and integration of renewable energy into the electrical, transportation and building heat systems. Explores judicial opinions but also considers technical and scientific sources.

MSEG 470 – Solar Energy

Considers the basics of solar energy utilization. Emphasis on photovoltaic systems, including inorganic and organic based systems, as well as hybrid solar cells, followed by consideration of passive and active usage such as solar thermal power.

PHYS 143 – Energy Technology and Society

Basic principles of physics are applied to discuss forms of energy (mechanical, thermal, chemical, electrical and nuclear), and how energy is derived from sources such as coal, petroleum, solar, nuclear fission and fusion. Environmental consequences of energy use are treated.

SCEN 119 – Transforming Solar Energy

Lab- and project- focused exploration of solar energy and its uses. Biology, chemistry and physics concepts are introduced in context, leading to critical analysis of efficiency and economics of different technologies.

UAPP 425 – Energy Policy and Administration

Analyzes energy use and energy policy with respect to politics, society, economics, political economy, technology, resources, and environment. Focuses on interrelationships among energy, environment, economy and equity (E4). It considers the energy policy options needed to achieve a more sustainable world.

Certificate programs

Graduate Certificate in Composites Manufacturing & Engineering

Design rules for composite materials are fundamentally different than for traditional materials, with the engineer tailoring the material structure at the micro- and nano-scales to achieve the desired mechanical and physical properties. This program is intended to provide the practicing engineer a strong foundation in the processing-structure-property relations in advanced fiber composites. The University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials and Department of Mechanical Engineering are internationally recognized as leaders in composites research and education.

MEEG617 – Composite Materials, taught by Dr. Erik Thostenson, discusses fiber and matrix materials; fiber-matrix interface; polymer, metal, ceramic and carbon matrix composites; geometric aspects, elastic properties, lamination theory, strength of unidirectional composites, strength of laminates, durability, hybrid composites, flexible composites and textile structural composites.

MEEG655 – Principles of Composites Manufacturing (3 credits), taught by Dr. Suresh G. Advani, introduces the fundamental principles involved in composites manufacturing. Modeling of such processes is emphasized with applications of injection molding, compression molding, filament wiring, pultrusion and resin transfer molding.

MEEG656 – Practical Composites Manufacturing (3 credits).  Couples lectures with hands-on exercises using CCM’s Composites Design Software (CDS).  Detailed videos and lecture materials showing all aspects of composite manufacturing, from performing to final manufacturing and finishing, connect theory to practice.

MEEG657 – Experimental Characterization of Composites for Manufacturing (3 credits).  Explains key concepts and elements of composites manufacturing processes, technologies and systems. An online-only course where lectures are coupled with detailed videos of manufacturing processes and exercises with simulation software to connect theory to practice.  Creation of a “virtual laboratory” for composites characterization where thermoplastic and thermoset composite systems are fully characterized using advanced thermal analysis and mechanical/physical characterization techniques emphasizing manufacturing influences on composite properties.

Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science Engineering and Policy

The Graduate Certificate in Wind Power Science Engineering and Policy is an interdisciplinary program administered by the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

Courses are taught by faculty from Marine Policy, Physical Ocean Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, and Geography. The program is designed to give a broad understanding of the wind energy industry from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The emphasis is on offshore wind power, however, most courses apply equally to wind power either on land, in the ocean, or airborne. The certificate may be taken in conjunction with a graduate degree in a traditional discipline or as a stand-alone program. More information on the graduate certificate program can be found below and in the program brochure.

The Graduate Certificate is designed for three types of students:

  • Students considering or already accepted in a graduate UD program looking for formal recognition of their wind power expertise
  • For students focused on one specific area of wind power research it provides coverage of related areas allowing for improved understanding of interacting systems
  • Working professionals, who need to understand more about the wind industry, to more effectively do their jobs or seek advancement.

Renewable Energy Engineering and Policy Certificate

The REEP-CERT requires satisfactory completion of three (3) graduate level courses (9 credits) as detailed below. No REEP-CERT courses can be counted toward both this certificate and any other graduate certificate program. Each certificate program course must be completed with a grade no lower than B-; the overall GPA of the REEP-CERT courses must be no lower than 3.0.

Degree programs and concentrations

The University of Delaware offers environmentally-related degree programs at all levels from baccalaureate through doctorate, with many options for majors, minors, concentrations and programs. Use the links below to explore specific degree programs and departmental offerings with an emphasis on sustainability and/or environmental themes.

MINORS:

Sustainable Energy Technology Minor

Energy and Environmental Policy Minor

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS:

Environmental Science – Energy and Environment Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy – Energy, Science and Technology Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy 4+1 (BS/MS)

Energy and Environmental Policy – Energy, Environment and Society Concentration (BS)

Energy and Environmental Policy – Energy, Economics and Public Policy Concentration (BS)

GRAUDATE DEGREE PROGRAMS:

Center for Composite Materials

CCM educates engineers, conducts basic research, and provides prompt technology transfer for the composites community. Dedicated to advancing composites science and technology, the Center seeks to attract the best and brightest students and researchers in the field. Affiliated students earn degrees from all of the departments in the College of Engineering (chemical, mechanical, civil, electrical and materials science) as well as other university departments such as physics, business, and chemistry. More than 100 students are currently affiliated with CCM, and 2,000+ alumni are working in the various sectors of the composites industry, conducting research in government labs, or teaching at academic institutions throughout the world.

For over 40 years, CCM has collaborated with well over 250 international companies through consortium membership or contracts and grants. Collaborating companies include materials suppliers and end users in the aerospace, automotive, civil infrastructure, marine, and durable goods industries. In addition, during the past three decades, CCM has been home to six NSF/DoD Centers of Excellence.

Institute for Energy Conversion

The Institute of Energy Conversion is a research facility with a strong emphasis on graduate student training and education. Since 2010 we have provided training to over 40 PhD and Master level students. Students can conduct their research at IEC under the guidance of one or more Professional Staff members using unique equipment and facilities available at IEC supplemented by other facilities on campus. The IEC does not directly accept graduate students nor award degrees.

Masters in Energy and Environmental Policy

Ph.D. in Energy and Environmental Policy

Other Environmental Degree programs

Energy Research Internship (ERI) Program

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Our internship programs are designed for chemical engineering and chemistry undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.0. We are currently accepting part-time research assistant applications for the 2023-24 academic year and for our full-time, 10-week summer program (June – August 2024). Positions are in the Vlachos Group in ISE Lab and include a competitive stipend.

Available projects include: experimental catalysis, reaction engineering, and computational catalysis (applications of quantum chemistry and/or machine learning), focused on biomass conversion, renewables, plastics, process intensification and green engineering, and plasma catalysis.

Interested students should complete the Internship Application

 

Energy Seminars

Listed below are energy-related seminars and presentations offered in-person and virtually that may be of interest.

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April 16, 2024 | The Energy Transition for the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Center for Catalytic Science and Technology
The Energy Transition for the Chemicals and Materials Industry

Daniel A. Hickman, Dow Chemical Company
April 16, 2024
2:30 PM | 322 ISE Lab

April 1, 2024 | Tandem Electrocatalysis – Thermocatalysts for CO2 Conversion

Center for Catalytic Science and Technology
Tandem Electrocatalysis – Thermocatalysts for CO2 Conversion

Jingguang Chen, Columbia University
April 1, 2024
10:00 AM | 366 CLB

March 14, 2024 | A Process Systems Framework for Design, Optimization, and Control of Modular Energy Systems

Center for Catalytic Science and Technology
A Process Systems Framework for Design, Optimization, and Control of Modular Energy Systems

Fernando Lima, West Virginia University
March 14, 2024
2:30 PM | 322 ISE Lab | Zoom

March 1, 2024 | Climate Change, Sustainability and Energy Transition; One Perspective from India

George C. A. Schuit Memorial Lecture
Climate Change, Sustainability and Energy Transition; One Perspective from India

Ajit Sapre, Reliance Industries, INDIA, Group President R&D
March 1, 2024
10:15 AM | 102 CLB | ZOOM

February 29, 2024 | Controlling the Local Reaction Environment to Drive Catalysis

Department Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Controlling the Local Reaction Environment to Drive Catalysis
Max J. Huelsey, MIT
February 29, 2024
9:00 AM | 366 Colburn Lab | ZOOM

February 26, 2024 | Converting CO2, Water, and Sunlight into Liquid Fuels: Towards Affordable Solar Fuels and Chemicals

Department Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Converting CO2, Water, and Sunlight into Liquid Fuels: Towards Affordable Solar Fuels and Chemicals
Aisulu Aitbekova, Cal Tech
February 26, 2024
9:00 AM | 104 Colburn Lab | ZOOM

February 22, 2024 | RSC Desktop Seminar: Polymers for Sustainability

Royal Society of Chemistry: Desktop Seminars
Polymers for Sustainability
Thomas H. Epps, III, University of Delaware
Emily Pentzer, Texas A&M University
February 22, 2024
10:00 AM | Register

February 19, 2024 | Toward Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: Electrochemical Upgrading of Small Molecules via Active Site and Microenvironment Tuning

Department Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Toward Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: Electrochemical Upgrading of Small Molecules via Active Site and Microenvironment Tuning
Sunmoon Yu, MIT
February 19, 2024
9:00 AM | 104 Colburn Lab | ZOOM

February 7, 2024 | There and Back Again: An Inclusive Journey from Polymers to Small Molecules to Materials

MPS Distinguished Lecture in Honor of Black History Month
There and Back Again: An Inclusive Journey from Polymers to Small Molecules to Materials
Thomas H. Epps, III, University of Delaware
February 7, 2024
2:00 PM| Rm E3410 | ZOOM

February 2, 2024 | Computational Investigation of Electrocatalysts for Energy Conversion

Department Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Computational Investigation of Electrocatalysts for Energy Conversion
Alexandra Zagalskaya, Lawrence Livermore National Lab
February 2, 2024
9:00 AM | 102 Colburn Lab | ZOOM

February 1, 2024 | Potential Dependence of Iridium Dissolution Using Time-Resolved Materials

Center for Clean Hydrogen
Potential Dependence of Iridium Dissolution Using Time-Resolved Materials
Nancy N. Kariuki
February 1, 2024
10:00 AM | ISE 381 and ZOOM

2023

Delaware Energy Institute – RAPID
Virtual Kinetics Lab Reaction Software Online Workshop
December 11 – December 15, 2023
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (daily) | Register for Zoom link


Center for Catalytic Science & Technology
Electrochemical Approaches to Decarbonizing Fuels and Chemicals
Haotian Wang, Rice University
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
2:00 PM | CLB 366 or Zoom


COE Inaugural Lecture Series
An Engineering Career in Three Figures
Dr. Eric Furst, William H. Severn Distinguished Chair of Chemical Engineering
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
4:00 PM | 501 FinTech Innovation Hub
Please register for this event


Department of Materials Science & Engineering and the Center for Hybrid, Active, and Responsive Materials
Coupling a Molecular Understanding to the Solution Synthesis of Nanomaterials
Emil Hernandez-Pagan, University of Delaware
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
10:30 AM | ISE 322


Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Toward the Efficient Operation of an Electrified Chemical Industry
Qi Zhang, University of Minnesota
Friday, December 1, 2023
10:00 AM | 102 Colburn Lab


Center for Clean Hydrogen
Analysis of PEM Membrane Electrodes Assemblies Impact on the Levelized Cost of Hydrogen
Thomas I. Valdez, Plug Power, Inc.
Thursday, December 16, 2023
10:00 AM | CLB 366 | Zoom


Center for Catalytic Science & Technology
Advanced Catalysts for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technologies
Gang Wu, University of Buffalo-SUNY
Wednesday, November 15, 2023
2:00 PM | CLB 366 or Zoom


College of Arts & Sciences – Inorganic Chemistry Seminar
Atomic-scale Insights into Electrocatalyst Structure and Function
Anthony Shoji Hall, Johns Hopkins University
Friday, November 10, 2023
4:00 PM | 219 BRL


Center for Plastics Innovation – Sustainability Seminar Series
Overcoming Barriers in Waste Plastic Conversion Using Heterogeneous Catalysts
Julie Rorrer, University of Washington- Seattle
Friday, November 10, 2023
11:00 AM | CLB 366 or Zoom


Delaware Energy Institute
Nanostructured Materials and their Applications in Catalysis
Selvam Parasuraman, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras
Thursday, June 29, 2023
4:00 PM | 467 ISE Lab


Delaware Energy Institute
Nanostructured Materials and their Applications in Catalysis
Selvam Parasuraman, Indian Institute of Technology – Madras
Thursday, June 29, 2023
4:00 PM | 467 ISE Lab


Delaware Energy Institute
Atomic Scale Microwave Selective Heating of Single Metal Cations in Zeolites
Fuminao Kishimoto, University of Toykyo
Monday, June 26, 2023
10:00 AM | 467 ISE Lab


Center for Plastics Innovation
New Catalysts for Polymerization and Depolymerization
Jeffery Byers, Boston College
Friday, May 12, 2023
1:00 PM CLB 104 | Zoom


ECE Distinguished Lecture Series
An Engineer’s Journey from Motor City to Capitol Hill
Tanya Das, Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Associate Director of Energy Innovation
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
3:30 PM in Mitchell Hall


CBE Seminar Series
Electrochemical Hydrogenation, Hydrogenolysis, and Dehydrogenation for Reductive & Oxidative Biomass Upgrading
Kyoung-Shin Choi, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Virtual: ZOOM


Allan P. Colburn Memorial Lecture
Innovating Energy Solutions in a Net-Zero Future
Michelle Calabrese, University of Minnesota
Friday, March 17, 2023
10:00 AM in 102 CLB
and via Zoom: https://udel.zoom.us/j/99615073260


Dr. Nicholas Rorrer, Renewable Resources and Enabling Sciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Towards a Better Steel Replacement: Biomass Enabled Performance Advantages for Thermoset Applications
Wednesday March 14, 2023
10:00 AM in 366 CLB and Zoom


Dr. Chuck Zhang, Georgia Institute of Technology
Integrated Design and Scalable Manufacturing of Lightweight, Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube Buckypaper Nanocomposites
Wednesday March 1, 2023
9:00 AM in 106 CCM


Dr. Srikanth Pilla, ExxonMobil
Atoms to Auto
Monday, February 27, 2023
9:00 AM in 106 CCM


Robert L. Pigford Memorial Lecture
Charge-neutral Polymer Complexes as Battery Components
Rachel Segalman, University of California, Santa Barbara
Friday, February 24, 2023
10:00 AM in 102 CLB
and via Zoom: https://udel.zoom.us/j/99615073260


Kurt Wohl Lecture Series
Separations and Hybrid Processes to Accelerate Decarbonization
David Sholl, Georgia Institute of Technology
Friday, February 17, 2023
10:00 AM in 102 CLB
and via Zoom: https://udel.zoom.us/j/99615073260

 

Funding Opportunities

Find funding opportunities listed by month issued below. Due dates, where applicable, and links to further information are included in the summary of each opportunity. 

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March 2024

(NOI) Concentrating Solar Flux to Heat and Power (DE-FOA-0003338):  SETO anticipates that the FOA will seek RD&D projects in three topic areas. Technologies in each area may support a variety of concentrating solar-thermal (CST) forms including CSP, SIPH, and high-temperature solar-thermal reactors. Each topic area focuses on scaling and maturing impactful technologies for specified CST subsystems. Expected: March 2024

Expeditionary Carbon Utilization for energy Resilience and Stabilization (ExCURSion) (HR001124S0014): The Defense Sciences Office (DSO) at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting innovative research proposals in the foundational technologies area to enable carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction, capture, and storage. These technologies are envisioned as key components for a future self-enclosed system that creates liquid carbon fuels and uses them to store and deploy energy to address the need for energy resilience in an expeditionary setting, independent of a fuel supply line. The envisioned system will enable safe, field-deployable, high-density, and rechargeable energy storage. Abstract: March 8, 2024 | Full: April 29, 2024

February 2024

Inflation Reduction Act Funding for Advanced Biofuels (DE-FOA-0003178): This investment through a new agreement between EPA and DOE will support high-impact biofuel technology projects to improve the performance and reduce the cost of biofuel production technologies, scale up production systems in partnership with industry, and accelerate the nation’s bioeconomy. The FOA includes up to $9.4 million in federal funding to achieve the above outcomes by supporting two Topic Areas focusing on research and development (R&D) to advance technologies from the bench scale to pilot scale: (1) Pre-Pilot Scale Up of Integrated Biorefinery Technologies and (2) Biointermediate Processing Toolbox. Concept Paper: March 22, 2024 | Full: May 24, 2024

(NOI) Methane Emissions Reduction Program Oil and Gas Methane Monitoring and Mitigation (DE-FOA-0003255): The anticipated technical objectives are to make funds available to a variety of applicants for the purpose of monitoring and mitigating methane emissions, and legacy air pollution from oil and gas assets, including but not limited to marginal conventional wells (MCWs). These efforts are anticipated to accelerate cost reductions and commercial deployment of innovative methane emissions reduction technologies and advance the characterization and reduction of methane emissions through multi-scale, measurement-informed data collection and analysis that also support environmental justice.

FY24 Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Technology Integration (TI) (DE-FOA-0003250):  This FOA seeks applications to address outreach, education, technical assistance, workforce training, and other innovative demonstration or deployment projects that advance the mission of an affordable, equitable, and decarbonized transportation system. Concept Paper: March 12, 2024 | Full: April 30, 2024

(NOI) Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity (MACRO): The intended Mixed Algae Conversion Research Opportunity (MACRO) funding would address gaps in the use of carbon dioxide (CO2), conversion technologies, and product development that limits the use of wet algal feedstocks. The potential funding could include up to $18.8 million for (1) Conversion of Seaweeds and Waste Algae to Low Carbon Fuels and Products and (2) Conversion of Algal Biomass for Low Carbon Agricultural Products. Expected March 2024

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence for Science (DE-FOA-0003264): The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, is issuing a $36 million funding opportunity announcement for basic computer science and applied mathematics research in the fundamentals of artificial intelligence (AI) for science. Specifically, advancements in this area are sought that can enable the development of: (1) Foundation models for computational science; (2) Automated scientific workflows and laboratories; (3) Scientific programming and scientific-knowledge-management systems; (4) Federated and privacy-preserving training for foundation and other AI models for science; and (5) Energy-efficient AI algorithms and hardware for science. Letter of Intent: March 19, 2024 | Full: May 21, 2024

ACED: Accelerating Computing-Enabled Scientific Discovery (NSF 24-541): The ACED program seeks to harness computing to accelerate scientific discovery, while driving new computing advancements. The intent is to catalyze advancements on both sides of a virtuous cycle that: (a) benefit scientific disciplines through computational technologies and (b) foster novel computing technologies that will enable advances beyond the specific use cases or domains originally targeted. The ACED program solicits proposals in two tracks: Track 1: Emerging Ideas Proposals; Track 2: Discovery Proposals. The program seeks continuous collaborations between at least two groups of researchers. One group is expected to consist of researchers in computing, which are those disciplines that are supported by the Core Programs of NSF’s CISE directorate. The other group of researchers are expected to represent another scientific or engineering discipline, defined as those supported within existing programs of the following NSF directorates: Biological Sciences, Engineering, or Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Due: Track 1 – May 13, 2024 | Track 2 – January 14, 2025

Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR): Workshop Opportunities (NSF 24-540):  EPSCoR welcomes proposals for workshops only from institutions within EPSCoR-eligible jurisdictions focused on innovative ways to address multi-jurisdictional efforts on themes of regional or national importance with relevance to the goals and mission of NSF and EPSCoR. Up to 20 awards for in-person, virtual, or hybrid workshops annually. Proposals Accepted Anytime

Platform Technologies for Transformative Battery Manufacturing (DE-FOA-0003236): This FOA will support activities to advance platform technologies that enable flexible, scalable, and highly controllable battery manufacturing processes. Topics include: Platforms for Next Generation Battery Manufacturing and Topic Area 2: Smart Manufacturing Platforms for Battery Production. Concept Paper: March 4, 2024 | Full: May 7, 2024

Combined Wellbore Construction High Temperature Tools and Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) (DE-FOA-0003296): GTO actively pursues research, development, and demonstration projects to facilitate technology validation and demonstration, reduce cost, and improve performance of geothermal technologies. Topic Area 1: High-Temperature Tools for Well Integrity Evaluation | Topic Area 2: Utilization of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) Technology for Decarbonization of Industrial Processes. Letter of Intent: March 1, 2024 | Full: April 1, 2024

(RFI) Securing New Sources of Helium for Advanced Energy Application (DE-FOA-0003306): The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input for a potential ARPA-E program focused on identifying transformative technologies across the helium-4 (“helium”) supply chain to decrease the delivered cost of helium from processes not dependent on natural gas production. ARPA-E is seeking information regarding alternative methods to safeguard future helium production in the United States and ensure helium availability for next-generation energy technologies. Specifically, ARPA-E is interested in identifying potentially disruptive concepts to: 1) develop innovative mapping technologies to locate new helium sources; and 2) produce helium using advanced separation technologies designed for novel sources and/or the enhancement of helium recovery and recycling. Due: March 15, 2024

Platform Technologies for Transformative Battery Manufacturing (DE-FOA-0003236): This FOA will support activities to advance platform technologies that enable flexible, scalable, and highly controllable battery manufacturing processes. Topics include: (1) Platforms for Next Generation Battery Manufacturing (Processes and Machines for Sodium-ion Batteries; Processes and Design for Manufacturability of Flow Batteries; Scalable Manufacturing of Nanolayered Films for Energy Storage) and (2) Smart Manufacturing Platforms for Battery Production. Concept Paper: March 4, 2024 | Full: May 7, 2024

Catalyzing Innovative Research for Circular Use of Long-Lived Advanced Rechargeables (CIRCULAR and CIRCULAR SBIR/STTR) (DE-FOA-0003303 / DE-FOA-0003324): The overarching goal of the CIRCULAR program is to successfully translate the definition of a circular economy to the domestic EV battery supply chain by supporting the development of innovative solutions that can overcome both the technological and economic barriers to broad commercial adoption. Concept Paper: March 12, 2024 | Full: TBD

Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy (DE-FOA-0003209): The RD&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, the objective of this FOA is to support high-impact RD&D on mobilizing low carbon intensity, purpose-grown energy crops necessary to support the production goals of the SAF Grand Challenge and the sustainability goals of the Clean Fuels & Products Shot™. Concept Paper: March 14, 2024 | Full: June 13, 2024

(NOI) Funding Opportunity Advance Floating Offshore Wind): The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) and Innovation Fund Denmark announced an intent to release a $4.2 million opportunity to advance floating offshore wind energy systems toward cost-effective commercialization and wide-scale deployment. Expected: Spring, 2024

Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program: 2024 Solicitation 1 Applications: The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2024 solicitation 1 cycle. The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory or facility in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist. The goal of the program is to prepare graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the mission of DOE’s Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall graduate theses while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the host DOE laboratories. Due: May 1, 2024

Accelerated Research in Quantum Computing (DE-FOA-0003265): The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science, under the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program, is issuing a $45 million funding opportunity announcement for accelerating the development of mathematical foundations, algorithms, and software for quantum computing. The goal is to progress toward a software stack that is ready to leverage multiple quantum technologies, or will develop mathematical foundations, algorithms, and software tools toward quantum utility demonstration for applications that help advance DOE’s mission. Due: Letter of Intent: March 13, 2024 | Full: May 8, 2024

January 2024

Catalyzing Innovative Research for Circular Use of Long-Lived Advanced Rechargeables (CIRCULAR and CIRCULAR SBIR/STTR) (DE-FOA-0003303 / DE-FOA-0003324): The overarching goal of the CIRCULAR program is to successfully translate the definition of a circular economy to the domestic EV battery supply chain by supporting the development of innovative solutions that can overcome both the technological and economic barriers to broad commercial adoption. CIRCULAR recognizes that conventional recycling is not the only, nor primary, pathway to closing the supply chain loop. The program will support the development and deployment of foundational technologies capable of maintaining materials and products in circulation at their highest level of performance and safety for as long as possible. CIRCULAR acknowledges that simultaneous advancements in multiple technological domains may be required to accomplish this ambitious objective. Concept Paper: March 12, 2024 | Full: TBD

(RFI) Securing New Sources of Helium for Advanced Energy Application (DE-FOA-0003306): The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input for a potential ARPA-E program focused on identifying transformative technologies across the helium-4 (“helium”) supply chain to decrease the delivered cost of helium from processes not dependent on natural gas production. Due: March 15, 2024

Combined Wellbore Construction High Temperature Tools and Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) (DE-FOA-0003296): GTO actively pursues research, development, and demonstration projects to facilitate technology validation and demonstration, reduce cost, and improve performance of geothermal technologies. Topic Area 1: High-Temperature Tools for Well Integrity Evaluation; Topic Area 2: Utilization of Reservoir Thermal Energy Storage (RTES) Technology for Decarbonization of Industrial Processes. Letter of Intent: March 1, 2024 | Full: April 1, 2024. Letter of Intent: March 1, 2024 | Full: April 1, 2024

Platform Technologies for Transformative Battery Manufacturing (DE-FOA-0003236): This FOA will support activities to advance platform technologies that enable flexible, scalable, and highly controllable battery manufacturing processes. Topics include: (1) Platforms for Next Generation Battery Manufacturing (Processes and Machines for Sodium-ion Batteries; Processes and Design for Manufacturability of Flow Batteries; Scalable Manufacturing of Nanolayered Films for Energy Storage) and (2) Smart Manufacturing Platforms for Battery Production. Concept Paper: March 4, 2024 | Full: May 7, 2024

Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs) (NSF 24-533): The goal of this solicitation is to fund convergent research and education that will advance sustainable regional systems science, engineering, and education to facilitate the transformation of current regional systems to enhance sustainability. To further the advancement of SRS science, engineering, and education, NSF will support proposals for Sustainable Regional Systems Research Networks (SRS RNs). SRS RNs will conduct innovative and pioneering fundamental research and education that is of a scale and complexity that would not be possible within a single organization, center, or through the normal collaborative modes of NSF research support in core programs. Due: May 15, 2024

FY24 Energy and Emissions Intensive Industries (DE-FOA-0003219): This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) focuses on applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) for the highest GHG-emitting industrial subsectors, specifically: chemicals and fuels; iron and steel; food and beverage; building and infrastructure materials (including cement and concrete, asphalt pavements, and glass); and forest products. Concept Paper: March 19, 2024 | Full: June 11, 2024

Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program (NSF 24-529): The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program is designed to encourage development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that a) explore ways for graduate students in STEM master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers, or b) support research on the graduate education system and outcomes of systemic interventions and policies. Due: April 22, 2024

(RFI) Supporting Successful Solar Plus Storage Deployment Serving Low-Income and Disadvantaged Communities (DE-FOA-0003304): Through this RFI, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) seeks insight into the resources and support needed, through its existing or expanded work, to ensure successful outcomes of solar and storage deployment serving low-income and disadvantaged communities. The SETO Workforce and Equitable Access (WEA) team seeks input on what nationally coordinated and supported resources are needed to ensure this historic investment in distributed solar leads to equitable and successful delivery of benefits through low-income residential solar plus storage, community solar, and other distributed solar located in or serving low-income and disadvantaged communities. Due: February 23, 2024

(RFI) Receivers and Reactors for Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Plants and Solar Industrial Process Heat (DE-FOA-0003275): This request for information (RFI) is intended to inform the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) on specific research, development, and demonstration opportunities to enable near-term deployment of receivers for concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) plants, and reactors for CSP industries. Due: February 20, 2024

Marine Energy Foundational R&D (DE-FOA-0003097): This FOA supports foundational research at domestic institutions of higher education, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), to address challenges faced by marine energy industries and spur innovation and development. Concept Paper: February 20, 2024 | Full: April 22, 2024

EXPRESS: 2024 Exploratory Research for Extreme-Scale Science (DE-FOA-0003300): The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in basic research to explore potentially high-impact approaches in scientific computing and extreme-scale science. Pre-Application: February 29, 2024 | Full: May 2, 2024

Data Reduction for Science (DE-FOA-0003266): The DOE SC program in Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) hereby announces its interest in research applications to explore potentially high-impact approaches in the development and use of data reduction techniques and algorithms to facilitate more efficient analysis and use of massive data sets produced by observations, experiments and simulation. The principal focus of this FOA is to support applied mathematics and computer science approaches that address one or more of the identified PRDs. These PRDs are (1) effective algorithms and tools that can be trusted by scientists for accuracy and efficiency, (2) progressive reduction algorithms that enable data to be prioritized for efficient streaming, (3) algorithms which can preserve information in features and quantities of interest with quantified uncertainty, and (4) mapping techniques to new architectures and use cases. Pre-Application: March 19, 2024 | Full: May 7, 2024

Growing Convergence Research (GCR) (NSF 24-527): This GCR solicitation is a call for proposals addressing complex problems that require convergence paradigms to catalyze scientific discovery and innovation at the nexus of disciplines, but in areas for which research communities and integrated approaches have not yet developed. Consistent with the two primary characteristics of convergence research, the problem motivating the research should be rooted in a specific societal and/or scientific challenge and the research strategy should embrace deep integration across multiple disciplines. Of particular interest are those problems and research strategies that have potential to grow new scientific areas and catalyze sustained interactions across research communities beyond the period of the award. Due: April 12, 2024

Distribution Communication and Control Technologies Research, Development, and Demonstration (DE-FOA-0003198): This FOA seeks research, development, and demonstration activities that will yield new communications and control technologies to enhance the security of the electric distribution system, particularly with respect to the grid’s capability to prevent, detect, and respond to inadvertent and/or malicious disruptions to critical information flows. A demonstration of the developed solution under the evolving system architecture—including changes occurring on the grid edge—needs to be performed to validate electric utility acceptance. A successful demonstration will lend confidence that the innovation will perform as expected, will increase information security on the grid, and will not interfere with the function of the energy delivery control system. Research findings leading to valuable insights and best practices regarding the design, configuration, and use will be broadly shared with the utility community creating a pathway to accelerate deployment. Due: March 18, 2024

FY 2024 Research and Development for Next Generation Nuclear Physics Accelerator Facilities (DE-FOA-0003261): The DOE SC program in Nuclear Physics (NP) hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Research and Development (R&D) efforts directed at transformative accelerator R&D of relevance to current or next generation NP accelerator facilities. Accelerator R&D intended for this announcement should fall in the following general categories: Accelerator R&D that significantly advances the state-of the-art accelerator capabilities of relevance to next generation machines for the study of nuclear physics; Accelerator R&D that significantly advances the state-of-the-art accelerator capabilities of relevance to improving the performance of existing facilities studying nuclear physics. In particular, applications in the following areas are encouraged: Transformative accelerator R&D in SRF technology for restoring cryomodule performance at SRF-based accelerator facilities. One example is R&D to establish practical and reproduceable in situ plasma processing techniques.; Transformative accelerator R&D in next generation ion and electron sources. Due: March 4, 2024

SBIR/STTR FY 2024 Phase I Release 2 (DE-FOA-0003202): This FOA describes two distinct funding opportunities for DOE: the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024. Both Phase I and Fast-Track grant opportunities are included in this FY 2024 Phase I Release 2 competition. The objectives of the SBIR/STTR programs include increasing private sector commercialization of technology developed through DOE-supported research and development (R&D), stimulating technological innovation in the private sector, encouraging participation by women-owned and minority-owned small businesses, and improving the return on investment from Federally funded research for economic and social benefits to the nation. DOE will support high-quality research or R&D on innovative concepts concerning important mission-related scientific or engineering problems and opportunities that have high potential for commercialization. LOI: February 2, 2024 | Full: March 12, 2024

Small Innovative Projects in Solar: Concentrating Solar Power and Photovoltaics (SIPS: CSP & PV) – Annual (DE-FOA-0002888): This FOA seeks applications to accelerate the development and deployment of solar technology to support an equitable transition to a decarbonized electricity system by 2035 and decarbonized energy sector by 2050. Achieving this goal will support the nationwide effort to meet the threat of climate change and ensure that all Americans benefit from the transition to a clean energy economy. Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) for CSP and PV is an agile funding vehicle for SETO investments with two major aims: to investigate high-risk ideas that address a major technology barrier or open the possibility of a novel concept, and to attract new entrants into the applied solar R&D community. Projects will focus on innovative and novel ideas that are appropriate for 12-18 months of research to determine feasibility. Due: March 6, 2024

(RFI) Offshore Wind National and Regional Research and Development Priorities (DE-FOA-0003302): The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, project financiers and insurance providers, community organizations, workforce development and labor organizations, and other stakeholders on issues related to offshore wind and research and development (R&D) and deployment needs that are national and regional in focus, including needs relevant to the Atlantic, Pacific, Great Lakes, and Gulf of Mexico. Due: February 20, 2024

Future Manufacturing (FM) (NSF 24-525): The goal of Future Manufacturing is to support fundamental research, education, and training of a future workforce to overcome scientific, technological, educational, economic, and social barriers in order to catalyze new manufacturing capabilities that do not exist today. Manufacturing in the future will rely on computation to ensure the reliable translation of product designs to manufacturing plans; process controls to assure those plans produce products that meet specifications; new materials, chemicals, devices, processes, machines, and design and work methods; systems that encompass people, processes, equipment, materials, and information within a production environment; and new social structures and business practices. Fundamental research to overcome significant barriers will be required in quantum and semiconductor devices and integrated systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, sustainable chemistry and production, materials science, education and public policy, and workforce development. Due: April 11, 2024 and January 13, 2025

Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies (NSF 24-524): The Responsible Design, Development, and Deployment of Technologies (ReDDDoT) program invites proposals from multidisciplinary, multi-sector teams that examine and demonstrate the principles, methodologies, implementations, and impacts associated with responsible design, development, and deployment of technologies in practice, focusing especially on the key technologies specified in Section 10387 of the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. Phase 1: April 8, 2024 | Phase 2: April 22, 2024

ECosystem for Leading Innovation in Plasma Science and Engineering (ECLIPSE) (NSF PD-24-110Z): Plasma science is a transdisciplinary field of research where fundamental studies in many disciplines, including plasma physics, plasma chemistry, materials science, and space science, come together to advance knowledge for discovery and technological innovation. The primary goal of the ECosystem for Leading Innovation in Plasma Science and Engineering (ECLIPSE) program is to identify and capitalize on opportunities for bringing fundamental plasma science investigations to bear on problems of societal and technological need within the scope of science and engineering supported by the participating NSF programs. Due: Varies by Division (August – November 2024)

EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (NSF 23-535): EPSCoR RII Track-4: EPSCoR Research Fellows provides awards to build research capacity in institutions and transform the career trajectories of investigators and further develop their individual research potential through collaborations with investigators from the nation’s premier private, governmental, or academic research centers. Due: April 9, 2024

(RFI) National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building: Part 1 Operating Emissions (DE-FOA-003257): This Request for Information (RFI) is soliciting feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on Part 1 of a draft National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building. Responses to this RFI will help to develop a definition that will provide a clear market signal and consistent target, backed by measurable data, that is intended to help move the building sector to zero emissions. Developing a broadly accepted common definition of a zero emissions building, as well as a pathway for verification, is foundational to efforts by public and private entities to transition the building sector to zero emissions. The National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building will create a standardized, consistent, and measurable basis for zero emissions buildings. The definition will act as a framework, offering designers and operators multiple pathways to influence the design and operation of buildings, thereby reduce building sector emissions. Due: February 5, 2024

DOE Grid Resilience Analysis and Climate Change Impacts (GRACI): The Grid Deployment Office will fund one regional-focused consortium of universities, for profit and non-profit organizations over an initial one-year performance period. The grant funds are intended to support the implementation of existing models, tools and methodologies that would allow rapid decision-making for states to implement grid resilience projects under the Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grant Program. Due: February 15, 2024

Nuclear Data InterAgency Working Group (NDIAWG) Research Program (DE-FOA-0003238): This FOA allows the nuclear data community to better address goals of: increasing entry points into the nuclear data evaluator community, supporting retention of evaluators, and investing in nuclear data evaluator capacity to be directly involved with research. The FY24 Nuclear Data InterAgency Working Group funding opportunity announcement features two broad topics: 1) trainees interested in becoming nuclear data evaluators, and 2) research topics to enhance nuclear data related to non-proliferation. Both experimental data collection and expert nuclear data evaluation are key to ensuring nuclear data libraries are up to date. LOI: February 5, 2024 | Full: April 4, 2024

 

2023


DECEMBER 2023

Integrated Biological and Computational Low Dose Radiation Research (DE-FOA-0003281): DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER) hereby announces its interest in development of integrated biological and computational research to gain a mechanistic understanding of the effects of low dose radiation exposure on cellular functions. This funding opportunity calls for biological research applications conducted with well-defined and/or known exposures to low energy transfer (LET) radiation sources (high energy electrons, protons, x- and gamma rays) across a range of low dose exposures (<100mGy encompassing 10mGy) and dose rate ranges encompassing 5mGy/hr within four topics. Pre-Application: February 6, 2024 | Full: April 2, 2024

(NOI) FY2024 Technology Integration (TI) (DOE-FOA-0003249): The Technology Integration Program supports the demonstration and deployment of new technology at the community level, but ultimately with broader national reach. The Technology Integration Program supports a broad technology portfolio that includes alternative fuels, workforce development and training, and other efficient advanced technologies that can reduce transportation energy costs for businesses and consumers. The program provides objective, unbiased data and real-world lessons learned to inform future research needs and support local decision making. It also includes projects to disseminate data, information, and insight, as well as online tools and technology assistance to cities and regions working to implement alternative fuels and energy efficient mobility technologies and systems. Expected: January – February 2024

(NOI) FY2024 Vehicle Technologies Office Research & Development (DE-FOA-0003247): The RDD&D activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will advance RDD&D in several areas critical to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, including: development of innovative battery chemistries, reducing GHG emissions in off-road vehicles, improving transportation efficiency via connected vehicles, domestic production of electric steels and improved cybersecurity for electric vehicle charging. Expected: January or February 2024

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) 40503: Energy Auditor Training (DE-FOA-0003204): The Energy Auditor Training (EAT) Program will provide Grant funding to States for the purpose of training individuals to conduct energy audits, or surveys, of commercial and residential buildings. Applicants must demonstrate a need for assistance in training energy auditors and submit a proposed training curriculum for energy auditor trainees that identifies the types of covered certification that those trainees will receive on upon program completion; the expected cost per-individual; a plan for connecting trainees with employment opportunities; and any additional information as required by this FOA. Concept Paper: March 28, 2024 | Full: June 28, 2024

Early Career Research Program (ECRP) (DE-FOA-003176): DOE SC hereby invites applications for support under the ECRP in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Basic Energy Sciences (BES); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP); Nuclear Physics (NP); Isotope Research and Development (R&D) and Production (DOE IP); and Accelerator R&D and Production (ARDAP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by SC. Pre-Application Paper: January 30, 2024 | Full: April 25, 2024

Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (IRA) Assistance for the Adoption of the Latest and Zero Building Energy Codes (DE-FOA-0003056): This opportunity assists eligible entities in further decarbonizing their buildings through the adoption of the latest national model building energy codes, zero energy codes, other codes that deliver equivalent or greater energy savings, including innovative approaches to decarbonize existing buildings through certain measurable and enforceable requirements. The IRA is unprecedented in its opportunity to support
sustainable change at the State and local level with respect to advancing the energy efficiency of new, renovated, and existing buildings. Concept Paper: February 9, 2024 | Due: April 30, 2024

Planning Grants to Broaden Participation in the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Program (NSF 24-035): Planning grants funded through this DCL are expected to cultivate potential EFRI research teams that actively address broadening participation and inclusion goals expressed in this DCL and to develop a competitive EFRI proposal for the FY 2025 cycle of the current EFRI solicitation. As a result of planning grant activities, potential EFRI teams should be better equipped to carry out potentially transformative research that addresses the Biocomputing through EnGINeering Organoid Intelligence (BEGIN OI) EFRI topic. Proposers supported through this mechanism may use the funding to organize activities that help stimulate the formation of EFRI teams (in terms of PI, Co-PI, Senior Personnel, and organization type) and crystalize the ideas and research plans to be presented in a potential EFRI proposal. Due: February 23, 2024

(NOI) Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops (DE-FOA-0003233): The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technologies Office announced a notice of intent (NOI) to issue a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will drive the research and development (R&D) of low-carbon, purpose-grown energy crops leading to the deployment of clean energy technologies. The planned Regional Resource Hubs for Purpose-Grown Energy Crops funding opportunity would support the development of a domestic supply chain of alternative sources of carbon that is critical to decarbonizing the U.S. transportation and industrial sectors, as well as related sectors of the economy such as the agriculture and power sector. Expected: January 2024

FY23 BIL Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second Life Applications (DE-FOA-0003120): The activities to be funded under this FOA support BIL section 40208, Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling and Second-Life Applications Program, and the broader government-wide approach to strengthen domestic supply chains for critical materials to maximize the benefits of the clean energy transition as the nation works to curb the climate crisis, empower workers, and advance environmental justice. This BIL section is focused on research, development, and demonstration of second-life applications for electric drive vehicle batteries that have been used to power electric drive vehicles and technologies and processes for final recycling and disposal of electric drive vehicle batteries. Concept Paper: February 2, 2024 | Full: April 19, 2024

Early Career Research Program (ECRP) (DE-FOA-003176): DOE SC hereby invites applications for support under the ECRP in the following program areas: Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR); Basic Energy Sciences (BES); Biological and Environmental Research (BER); Fusion Energy Sciences (FES); High Energy Physics (HEP); Nuclear Physics (NP); Isotope Research and Development (R&D) and Production (DOE IP); and Accelerator R&D and Production (ARDAP). The purpose of this program is to support the development of individual research programs of outstanding scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research careers in the areas supported by SC. Pre-Application Paper: January 30, 2024 | Full: April 25, 2024

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies FOA to Advance the National Clean Hydrogen Strategy (DE-FOA-003213): The research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) activities to be funded under this FOA will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Specifically, this FOA will support the goals of the H2@Scale Initiative, which aims to advance affordable hydrogen production, transport, storage, and utilization to enable decarbonization and revenue opportunities across multiple sectors. In addition to RDD&D topics, this FOA will focus on enabling hydrogen deployments through safety and permitting support, equitable community engagement, and developing strategies for effective community benefits. Concept Paper: January 26, 2024 | Full: March 22, 2024

Grid-Enhancing Data Analytics Demonstrations for Operations, Monitoring and Control (DE-FOA-0003127): The objective of this FOA is to enhance grid reliability and resilience through R&D with demonstrations of analytics that utilize power system sensors to develop tools for the grid of the future. Demonstrations with power sector utilities is required since this will help ensure that the analytics can meaningfully support power sector system planning and operations. Projects that build on/implement industry standards like CIM and existing platforms like GridAPPs-D are encouraged to help facilitate scalability, interoperability, and relevance of the work to the broader electricity industry. Concept Paper: January 23, 2024 | Full: April 4, 2024

(RFI) High-Efficiency Gasification for Clean Hydrogen Production (DE-FOA-0003259): DOE is requesting information on strategies and technologies for developing innovative gasification designs for converting biomass/mixed waste feedstocks into syngas to enable the low-cost production of clean hydrogen. The program is motivated by the unique potential of carbon capture-friendly oxygen-blown gasification processes to convert solid mixed biomass and waste feedstocks to clean hydrogen, which is useful as a decarbonized energy carrier and for synthesis of decarbonized transportation fuels, chemicals, electricity, and other useful products. Advances made will contribute toward the Hydrogen with Carbon Management Program’s overall efforts and DOE’s Hydrogen Shot. Due: February 12, 2024

Grid-free Renewable Energy Enabling New Ways to Economical Liquids and Long-term Storage (GREENWELLS) / GREENWELLS SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0003234 | SBIR/STTR DE-FOA-0003235): The primary objective of the GREENWELLS program is the development of chemical reactors and supporting units that economically store at least 50% of incoming intermittent electrical energy in carbon-containing liquids. To achieve attractive economics, ARPA-E expects that chemical reactors will need to be dynamically operable to optimize the entire system of renewable energy production, electrolysis capital, and energy storage. Thermal, electrochemical, plasmonic, photonic, biological, and other technical process approaches are expected to potentially address this problem. The integration of these novel and known processes (e.g., oligomerization, water separation) in a dynamic system will be needed. ARPA-E expects projects funded through the GREENWELLS FOA to focus on the development of reactor systems—including the necessary catalysts, manufacturing methods, and balance of plant—to efficiently convert CO2 and an intermittent feedstock of electricity or H2 to carbon-containing liquids. Concept Paper: January 25, 2024 | Full: TBD

Building EPSCoR-State/National Laboratory Partnerships (DE-FOA-0003201): DOE’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program hereby announces its interest in receiving applications for Building EPSCoR-State/DOE-National Laboratory Partnerships. These partnerships advance understanding of the physical world by supporting fundamental, early-stage energy research collaborations with the DOE National Laboratories. Pre-Application: January 17, 2024 | Full: February 28, 2024

Bioimaging Research Approaches for the Bioeconomy & the Environment (DE-FOA-0003231): The DOE SC program in Biological and Environmental Research (BER), through its Bioimaging Research effort, hereby announces its interest in receiving innovative applications to advance fundamental research or use-inspired technologies of new bioimaging or sensing approaches. Applications can be submitted under one of two subtopics: 1) Novel research concepts proceeding through technical validation that are not required to evaluate new biological hypotheses; 2) Innovative experimental prototype research proceeding through hypothesis-driven biological experimentation. Pre-Application: January 9, 2024 | Full: March 5, 2024

NSF-Lemelson Initiative on Environmental and Social Sustainability in Engineering Education / Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) Program (NSF 24-028): NSF invites proposals to the RFE program to address sustainability in engineering education. This special topic focus call seeks to support projects to transform engineering education so that all students encounter environmental and social sustainability principles as an integrated part of their education and are equipped with the tools needed to incorporate these principles into their future research, careers, and innovations. Evidence-based curricular transformation will be critical to training future engineers with the skills, knowledge, and mindsets that will enable sustainable engineering systems and practices. Due: April 30, 2024

Exploratory Grants for Atmospheric Methane Research (SPC-AMR GRANT): In this request for proposals (RFP), Spark seeks to support transformative research to advance understanding of existing methane sinks and conduct early assessments of potential atmospheric methane removal approaches. Proposals must be relevant to one or more of the funding tracks below and be applicable at atmospheric methane concentration (2 ppm). Track 1: Methane Sink Assessment / Track 2: Enabling Research Tools / Track 3: Exploring Potential Atmospheric Methane Removal Approaches. The first submission deadline is March 1, 2024, with award decisions by mid-April. Subsequent submission deadlines will be every three months on a rolling basis.

Earth System Model Development and Analysis (DE-FOA-0003228): This FOA solicits research applications to advance the fundamental understanding of dynamic, physical, and biogeochemical processes required to systematically develop and analyze results from Earth System Models. The FOA will support: 1) further development of the marine biogeochemical simulations in Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM); 2) hierarchical modeling, simulations and analysis using E3SM and other Earth system models to enhance understanding of biogeochemical (terrestrial and marine), aerosol, cloud, and/or aerosol-cloud interactions and feedbacks; 3) novel methodologies and techniques for model initialization, coupled data assimilation. Concept Paper: January 16, 2024 | Full: March 21, 2024

Critical Materials Accelerator (DE-FOA-0003155): This FOA supports the recently established Critical Materials Collaborative (CMC) to de-risk innovation and mature technology development in partnership with industry. Each topic area of the FOA addresses priority technologies and supply chain gaps identified by the CMC. The critical materials of interest include the 18 critical materials identified through the 2023 Critical Materials Assessment. Concept Paper: January 5, 2024 | Full: March 22, 2024

Collaborative Research in Magnetic Fusion Energy Sciences on Long-Pulse International Stellarator Facilities (DE-FOA-0003211): The DOE Office of Fusion Energy Sciences (FES) hereby requests grant applications to carry out experimental research in magnetic fusion energy sciences on long-pulse overseas stellarator facilities, namely, Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X – Germany) and the Large Helical Device (LHD – Japan). FES supports U.S. researchers who work in collaboration with foreign scientists to explore critical science and technology issues at the frontiers of magnetic fusion research. Pre-application: December 26, 2023 | Full: February 5, 2024

High-Energy-Density Laboratory Plasma Science (DE-FOA-0003222): Grant applications are sought in the following subfields and crosscutting areas of HED laboratory plasmas: 1. HED Hydrodynamics / 2. Radiation-Dominated Dynamics and Material Properties / 3. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Laser-Plasma Interactions 4. Relativistic HED Plasmas and Intense Beam Physics / 5. Warm Dense Matter. This FOA solicits research efforts including experimental, theoretical, and/or computational science. LOI: December 28, 2023 | Full: February 22, 2024

Regional Initiative for Technical Assistance Partnerships (RITAP) (DE-FOA-0003014): The overall objective of DE-FOA-0003014 is to accelerate the equitable and environmentally responsible deployment of storage-based CM projects in specific geologic basins by establishing partnerships comprised of participants with extensive technical, managerial, regulatory, and business expertise specific to carbon transport and storage. The Regional Initiative Technical Assistance Partnership (RITAP) projects selected under DE-FOA-0003014 will build on the knowledge and experience gained from past and current efforts to address the unique challenges and opportunities of multiple CCS and storage-based CM projects developed within a single geologic basin. Due: January 30, 2024

(RFI) Progression to Net-Zero Emission Propulsion Technologies for the Rail Sector (DE-FOA-0003186): The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, other stakeholders, and the public on issues related to alternative propulsion technology advancement within the rail sector and achieving net-zero GHG emissions. The net-zero emission propulsion technologies under consideration for the intent of this RFI for transitional, interim use until 2030 are: biodiesel, renewable diesel, ammonia, methanol, hydrogen fueled internal combustion engines, and ethanol. The technologies under consideration for mid- to long-term use are: hydrogen fuel cells, batteries (tenders or built-in), direct electrification (catenary), or a combination of different technologies. Due: January 12, 2024

 


NOVEMBER 2023

FY24 Cross-Sector Technologies (DE-FOA-0003206): Through this funding opportunity, IEDO seeks high-impact, applied research, development, and pilot demonstration (RD&D) projects that will help drive the transformational cross-sector technologies and innovations required to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the industrial sector. The projects selected for this funding opportunity will advance a clean and equitable energy economy, bolster the technological and economic competitiveness of domestic manufacturing, and boost the viability and competitiveness of U.S. industrial technology exports. Concept Paper: December 18, 2023 | Full: March 20, 2024

(NOI) FY24 Energy and Emissions Intensive Industries (DE-FOA-0003218/0003219): This FOA will focus on applied R&D and pilot demonstration for the highest GHG-emitting subsectors, specifically: chemicals and fuels; iron and steel; food and beverage; building and infrastructure materials (including cement and concrete, asphalt pavements, and glass); and forest products. Technology approaches include achieving cost and emissions savings through increased circularity and sustainability across manufacturing to reduce waste and decrease the need for resource extraction. Expected: December 2023

FY24 Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Rapid Response Research (R3) (NNH24ZHA002C):  This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) solicits proposals for the FY 2024 NASA EPSCoR Rapid Response Research (R3) program. Each funded NASA EPSCoR proposer shall work closely with a NASA researcher to focus on developing competitive research and technology for the solution of scientific and technical issues of importance to the NASA Mission Directorates. Research Focus Areas 3.2: Clean Energy, Climate Change and Orbital Debris (Space Technology Mission Directorate – STMD) includes: Clean Energy and Emissions Technologies; U.S. Climate Change Research Program; U.S. Climate Change Research Program Focusing on Carbon Capture and Utilization. Due: February 26, 2024

(NOI) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office FOA to Advance the National Clean Hydrogen Strategy (DE-FOA-0003212): This funding is expected to focus on advancing fueling infrastructure for heavy-duty (HD) vehicles and other HD transportation applications; addressing key challenges to siting, permitting, and installation; and improving community engagement and outreach to ensure equitable deployment of clean hydrogen systems. By improving key technologies, spurring deployment, and helping industry achieve economies of scale, funded activities would support and reinforce the long-term viability of DOE’s Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs (H2Hubs) and other commercial-scale hydrogen projects. Expected: January 2024

Battery Materials Processing and Battery Manufacturing (DE-FOA-0003099): This FOA provides approximately $3.5 billion to successful applicants to fund investments within the electric vehicle battery supply chain, increase domestic battery manufacturing, and create good-paying clean energy jobs. The overall scope in this FOA includes demonstration and commercial facilities for battery-grade precursor materials, battery components, and cell manufacturing and recycling. Concept Paper: January 9, 2024 | Full: March 19, 2024

University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) (DE-FOA-0003016): The University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) Program encompasses a portfolio of gas turbine-focused university projects which address a wide variety of technical topics (including combustion, aerodynamics/heat transfer, and advanced materials topics) by conducting cutting edge R&D. Technical topics are relevant to research goals of the US DOE and the gas turbine industry and support advanced technologies that can increase energy efficiency, reduce emissions, and provide additional performance benefits. Given the extensive interest in hydrogen-based electricity generation, topics in this FOA focus on fundamental and applied research to further advance the use of hydrogen as a gas turbine fuel. Due: December 5, 2023

Young Faculty Award (YFA) 2024 (DARPARA2401): The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program aims to identify and engage rising stars in junior research positions in academia and equivalent positions at non-profit research institutions, particularly those without prior DARPA funding, to expose them to Department of Defense (DoD) needs and DARPA’s mission to create and prevent technological surprise. The YFA program will provide high-impact funding to elite researchers early in their careers to develop innovative new research that enables transformative DoD capabilities. Exec Summary: December 13, 2023 | Full: February 22, 2024

(NOI) WASTE: Waste Analysis and Strategies for Transportation End-uses (DE-FOA-0003137): This FOA will support the development of planning and strategies for utilizing organic waste as a feedstock for various transportation fuel end products.

Spurring Projects to Advance Energy Research and Knowledge Swiftly (SPARKS) (DE-FOA-0003164): This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore innovative new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology. Spurring Projects to Advance Energy Research and Knowledge Swiftly (SPARKS) awards are intended to be flexible and may take the form of analyses or exploratory research that provides the agency with useful information for the subsequent development of focused technology programs. Open continuously until otherwise amended.

FY 25 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) (FOAAFRLAFOSR20240000): The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Fiscal Year 2025 Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP). DURIP is designed to improve the capabilities of accredited United States (U.S.) institutions of higher education to conduct research and to educate scientists and engineers in areas important to national defense, by providing funds for the acquisition of research equipment or instrumentation. Due: February 16, 2024

Inspiring Generations of New Innovators to Impact Technologies in Energy 2024 (IGNIITE 2024) (DE-FOA-0003224): The Inspiring Generations of New Innovators to Impact Technologies in Energy (IGNIITE) program is designed to support a new cohort of early-career innovators to develop the most disruptive and unconventional ideas into transformative new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications. This announcement is purposefully broad in technical scope, but eligibility is limited to early-career researchers. Concept Paper: January 5, 2024 | Full: TBD

International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) (NSF 24-506): The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. Due: February 5, 2024

Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2024 (DE-FOA-0003158): This funding opportunity will invest up to $30 million across four topic areas to research, develop, and validate technologies with the potential to significantly advance building decarbonization. Concept Paper: December 13, 2023 | Full: March 5, 2024

FY 2024 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 (SBIR/STTR 2024): Topics for our FY 2024 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) have been issued and are available on our website. The following DOE program offices are participating in this (FOA): Office of Cyber Security, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER), Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (NNSA), Office of Electricity (OE), Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE). Concept Paper: December 13, 2023 | Full: March 5, 2024

Environmental System Science (ESS) (DE-FOA-0003196): This FOA will consider applications that focus on measurements, experiments, field data, modeling, and synthesis to provide improved understanding and representation of ecosystems and watersheds in ways that advance the sophistication and capabilities of models that span from individual processes to Earth-system scales. This FOA will encompass three Science Research Areas (SRAs): 1) plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere; 2) consequences of large-scale shifts in vegetation composition; and 3) synthesis studies that focus on legacy effects or the carbon cycle and disturbance. Pre-application: November 29, 2023 | Full: February 29, 2024

Strategic Technology Office (STO) Office-wide (HR001124S001): DARPA’s STO is seeking innovative ideas and disruptive technologies that provide the U.S. military and national security leaders with trusted, disruptive capabilities to win in all physical domains (Air, Space, Sea, and Land) and across the spectrum of competition, from deterrence to high-end peer combat. STO seeks to carry out DARPA’s mission of creating high-risk, high reward “breakthrough” technologies with a focus on ambitious, difficult, and revolutionary projects that achieve significant changes or fundamental shifts in technical capabilities and give our warfighters new ways to fight. STO will develop and deliver solutions at a speed and scale to be operationally relevant in a relatively short time, just a few years, from the initiation of the project to proof of concept. STO is a “systems office” seeking to create new “proof-of-concept” mission systems. Its goals are to develop and demonstrate new capabilities that expand what is technically possible. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until 4:00 PM on October 31, 2024.

(RFI) Biological Approaches for Developing a New Nitrogen Cycle in Agriculture for Bioenergy Crops (DE-FOA-0003199): The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit input for a potential ARPA-E program focused on the development of technologies to reduce nitrogen inputs and soil-based greenhouse gas emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from the cultivation of bioenergy crops (i.e., corn, soybean, and sorghum). The goals for this programmatic concept include the evaluation of technologies capable of: 1) providing high-efficacy, low energy-intensive alternatives to synthetic fertilizer in agricultural production by advancing microbial fertilization approaches, enhancing plant nitrogen (N) use efficiency-related traits, and developing enabling tools for autogenic N2 fixation; and 2) reducing soil-based N2O emissions in growing these crops by altering the microbial N-cycle either through microbial and/or plant approaches. Due: November 27, 2023

(NOI) IEDO Fiscal Year 2024 Cross-Sector Technologies (DE-FOA-0003205): The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office (IEDO), a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) that will aim to advance the strategies identified in the Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap and support the goals of the Industrial Heat Shot(TM) through a focus on cross-sector approaches for industrial decarbonization. Cross-sector technologies are decarbonization- enabling components, equipment, and systems that underpin processes and products across the industrial sector. Expected: November 2023

 


OCTOBER 2023

Atmospheric System Research (ASR) (DE-FOA-0003194): This FOA solicits research grant applications for observational, data analysis, and/or modeling studies that use observations supported by BER, including the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility, to improve understanding and model representation of: 1) Aerosol processes at ARM sites; 2) Convective cloud processes; 3) Aerosol and cloud processes from ARM’s Eastern Pacific Cloud Aerosol Precipitation Experiment (EPCAPE); and 4) Mixed-phase cloud and ice cloud processes. Pre-application: November 30, 2023 | Full: February 13, 2024

Aligning Fundamental Research and Education in Advanced Manufacturing with the Objectives of the Manufacturing USA Institutes (NSF-24-014): This DCL encourages the submission of research and educational proposals that align with the technical focus areas of the Manufacturing USA Institutes to established NSF programs in the Directorates for Engineering (ENG), STEM Education (EDU), and Technology Innovation and Partnerships (TIP).

SBIR/STTR FY 2024 PHASE II RELEASE 1 (DE-FOA-0003184): The SBIR/STTR Programs Office works collaboratively with 13 program offices throughout the DOE. Each DOE program office considers its high priority research needs and program mission, as well as the Department’s goals for the program in developing research topics. The specific research topics selected for the SBIR and STTR programs are developed by DOE technical program managers. DOE offers more than sixty technical topics and 250 subtopics, spanning research areas that support the DOE mission in Energy Production, Energy Use, Fundamental Energy Sciences, Environmental Management, and Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. LOI: November 7, 2023 | Full: December 5, 2023

Fueling Aviation’s Sustainable Transition via Sustainable Aviation Fuels (FAST-SAF) and Low-Emission Aviation Technologies (FAST-Tech) Grant Program (23-FAA-FAST-01): The Department of Transportation (DOT), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces the opportunity to apply for funds for the FAA Fueling Aviation’s Sustainable Transition (FAST) Grant Program, established under Section 40007 of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (the Act). The grant program will have elements focused on sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), to be termed FAST-SAF, and elements focused on low-emission aviation technologies, to be termed FAST-Tech. Due: November 27, 2023

NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award (NSF-23-629): The NSF Trailblazer Engineering Impact Award (TRAILBLAZER) program supports individual engineers and scientists who propose novel research projects with the potential to innovatively and creatively address major societal challenges, advance US leadership, and catalyze the convergence of engineering and science domains. Due: February 15, 2024

Research for Understanding PFAS Uptake and Bioaccumulation in Plants and Animals in Agricultural, Rural, and Tribal Communities (EPA-G2023-STAR-J1): EPA is soliciting novel research that proposes innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to better understand PFAS uptake in plants and animals in agricultural environments. Due: December 6, 2023

Innovative Designs for High-Performance Low-Cost HVDC Converters (IDEAL HVDC) (DE-FOA-0003141): This FOA will invest in R&D to support continued innovation and cost reduction for high-voltage direct current (HVDC) voltage-source converter (VSC) transmission systems. This investment is intended to enable future grid upgrades required to integrate increasing renewable energy generation on to the grid, both onshore and offshore. Concept Paper: November 11, 2023 | Full: February 5, 2024

 


SEPTEMBER 2023

(NOI) Critical Materials Accelerator (DE-FOA-0003154): It is anticipated that the FOA may include the following Areas of Interest:
AOI 1 – Critical Material Lean/Free Magnets for Clean Energy Technologies; AOI 2 – Motors and Drivetrains using Critical Material Lean/Free Magnets; AOI 3 – Improved Unit Operations of Processing and Manufacturing of Critical Materials; AOI 4 – Critical Material Recovery from Scrap and Post-Consumer Products; AOI 5 – Reduced Critical Material Demand for Clean Energy Technologies. Expected: October 23, 2023

(RFI) Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) Grand Challenge: Building Supply Chains (DE-FOA-0003157): The purpose of this RFI is to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on issues related to a key action area of the SAF Grand Challenge Roadmap, Building Supply Chains. EERE is specifically interested in information on how to accelerate the formation of effective supply chain coalitions, develop effective decision-making modeling and simulation tools to enable supply chain development, demonstrate technologies and production along the supply chain, and facilitate investment in commercial scale supply chain elements. Due: November 2, 2023

Solar-thermal Fuels and Thermal Energy Storage via Concentrated Solar-thermal Energy (DE-FOA-0003080): This FOA will implement two approaches to energy storage in concentrated solar-thermal (CST) systems: thermochemical storage via solar fuel production and local thermal energy storage (TES) for dispatchable energy. The two technologies will support the government-wide approach to the climate crisis by driving the innovation that can lead to the deployment of clean energy technologies, which are critical for climate protection. Concept Paper: November 11, 2023 | Full: January 12, 2024

Enabling a Reduced Carbon Footprint for Carbon Dioxide Enhanced Oil Recovery (CO2-EOR)/Storage Field Test Sites in Unconventional Reservoirs (DE-FOA-0003015): DOE is investing in research through a field laboratory well (or wells) established in collaboration with industry and academic research partners to expand public understanding of: (1) the overall effectiveness of CO2-EOR in unconventional oil reservoirs, (2) the possibility of combining EOR and associated CO2 storage in horizontal, hydraulically fractured unconventional oil wells, and (3) the potential for combining EOR and associated CO2 storage in a manner that results in a reduced carbon footprint oil classification for the incremental oil produced. Due: December 13, 2023

Advancing U.S. Thin-Film Solar Photovoltaics (DE-FOA-0033058): This FOA will fund innovative industrial research and development (R&D) projects that will enable future commercialization of hybrid tandem perovskite PV, defined as a perovskite PV in combination with another technology such as silicon or CdTe. It will also fund industrial research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects across the materials, equipment, installation, and performance monitoring sectors to improve the competitiveness of the domestic CdTe PV industry. Concept Paper: October 24, 2023 | Full: December 12, 2023

University Turbine Systems Research (UTSR) (DE-FOA-0003016): The objective of this FOA is to solicit and competitively award university-based R&D projects that address and resolve fundamental scientific challenges and applied engineering technology issues associated with thermal management of combustors and hot gas path components for gas turbines. Specifically, R&D projects will conduct fundamental and applied research to develop advanced materials and advanced hot gas path components which utilize these advanced materials, advanced cooling architectures, and advanced manufacturing methods. Due: November 11, 2023.

Pioneering Railroad, Oceanic and Plane Electrification with 1K Energy Storage Systems (Propel-1K) / PROPEL-1K SBIR/STTR (DE-FOA-0003162 / DE-FOA-0003163): The overarching goal of the PROPEL-1K program is to advance emission-free, high-energy density, and high-power energy storage solutions to electrify domestic aircraft, railroads, and ships. It cannot be overemphasized that traditional strategies for developing batteries and ESS are not envisaged for this program, especially since they would almost certainly fall far short of achieving the primary goals. Due: October 17, 2023

(RFI) Cybersecurity, Physical Security and Supply Chain Risk Management for the Energy Sector (DE-FOA-0003104): The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to solicit feedback regarding cybersecurity, physical security, and supply chain management from small, medium, and large electric and oil and natural gas (ONG) asset owner/operators and energy sector vendors regarding risks, threats, opportunities, and research and development for critical infrastructure. Due: October 11, 2023

Innovative Technologies to Eliminate Flaring from Oil & Natural Gas Production (DE-FOA-0003017): The objective of this FOA is to competitively solicit cost-shared research proposals for pilot-scale field deployment and validation of efficient, cost-effective solutions ready for pre-commercialization (advancing research from a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6 to a minimum of TRL 7) that can eliminate flaring and non-safety related venting of natural gas at the well site. Due: November 27, 2023

(NOI) Installation Noise Reduction and Reliable Moorings for Offshore Wind and Marine Energy (DE-FOA-0003121): This FOA will support responsible development of offshore renewable energy by funding research to reduce risk and improve environmental compatibility of U.S. offshore wind energy and marine energy deployments. This FOA will target technologies with applicability to offshore wind and marine energy deployments in all regions of U.S. waters including the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. Expected: October 2023

 


AUGUST 2023

(NOI) Electric Drive Vehicle Battery Recycling, Transport, and Design (DE-FOA-0003119): This anticipated FOA will focus on solutions that reduce the costs associated with battery recycling through technologies, processes, and product designs that facilitate the transport, disassembly, and preprocessing of end-of-life electric drive vehicle batteries. Also of interest are technologies or product designs that lower the costs and improve safety associated with the transport and disassembly of electric drive vehicle batteries

Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Awards: The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2023 Solicitation 2 cycle. Students Will Perform Graduate Theses Research at National Laboratories.

National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes (NSF 23-610): This program solicitation expands the nationwide network of AI Research Institutes with new funding opportunities over the next two years. In this round, the program invites proposals for institutes that have a principal focus in one of the following themes aimed at transformational advances in a range of economic sectors, and science and engineering fields: Group 1 – Theme 1: AI for Astronomical Sciences; Group 2 – Theme 2: AI for Discovery in Materials Research, Theme 3: Strengthening AI. Preliminary: October 31, 2023 (Group 1) / January 12, 2024 (Group 2) Full: February 16, 2024 (Group 1) / May 17, 2024 (Group 2)

(NOI) Carbon Negative Shot Pilots (DE-FOA-0003082): In this notice of intent (NOI), the United States Department of Energy (DOE) outlines its intent to publish a series of Carbon Negative Shot (CNS)-aligned funding opportunities focused on supporting the advancement and maturation of a suite of carbon dioxide removal (CDR) technologies. This CNS NOI outlines multiple program interests that aim to support the development and commercialization of CDR technologies and collectively enable the Department’s CNS target of gigaton-scale deployment for less than $100 per net metric ton of CO2-equivalent within the decade.

(NOI) Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement and Planning Program (R-STEP): The Renewable Energy Siting through Technical Engagement and Planning (R-STEP) program will support the creation of new, or the expansion of existing, state-based programs or initiatives that improve renewable energy planning and siting processes for local communities. Through R-STEP, DOE anticipates awarding approximately five to seven state-based collaboratives between $1-$2 million each to expand state and local capacity on large-scale renewable energy siting and planning. Expected: September 12, 2023

 


JULY 2023

(NOI) Critical Material Innovation, Efficiency, and Alternatives (DE-FOA-0003153): FECM intends to help build off of prior DOE and private industry investments across the critical materials supply chain, from extraction, processing, refining, manufacturing, and recycling, as well as on investments in developing alternative materials or manufactured products with less supply vulnerability. FECM anticipates funding high impact applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) bench and pilot scale projects. This funding opportunity is looking to develop bench scale concepts in the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 to 4 range and to demonstrate processes on a continuous/semicontinuous bench scale before scaling up to pilot scale, at TRL 6. Expected: September 2023

Storage Innovations 2030: Technology Liftoff (SI Liftoff) (DE-FOA-0003020): SI Liftoff will build upon the strategic efforts initiated in the other three pillars of SI 2030 by fostering diverse partnerships of companies to pursue pre-competitive research and development (R&D) projects. Entities will be awarded up to $5 million for projects that (a) create research partnership to bring together two or more technology stakeholders, and (b) partner with a research institution to solve one or more pre-competitive R&D technical challenge. Projects must enable a long-duration capable (10+ hours) energy storage technology with a pathway to $0.05/ kWh Levelized Cost of Storage (LCOS) by 2030. Concept Paper: September 15, 2023 | Full: December 4, 2023

Energy Future Grants (EFG) Creating a Community-Led Energy Future (DE-FOA-0002870): The Energy Future Grants (EFG) seeks to enhance energy affordable and access for communities, ensuring the broad benefits of a clean energy economy—including heath, economic development and jobs and emissions reductions—flow to disadvantaged communities. EFG will provide support for at least 50 multi-jurisdictional teams in developing and implementing plans that break new ground in three topic areas: 1) transportation; 2) power sector; and 3) buildings. Due: September 30, 2023

FY23 Materials, Operation, and Recycling of Photovoltaics – MORE PV (DE-FOA-0002985): This FOA is designed to address challenges associated with the rapid deployment of PV systems in the United States, including the increasing demands on PV materials, system operation and maintenance, and recycling. The focus of this FOA is to support technology improvements to reduce these challenges with a holistic view of all stages of the PV lifecycle—from the material needs and installation to operation and end of life (EOL). Letter of Intent: Sept. 6, 2023 | Concept Paper: Sept. 13, 2023 | Full: Nov. 28, 2023

Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (PD-23-8084): The CDS&E meta-program encourages research that pushes the envelope of science and engineering through computation and data, welcoming proposals in any research area supported by the participating divisions. A proposal may address topics that develop or enable interactions among theory, computing, experiment, and observation to achieve progress on hitherto intractable science and engineering problems. Areas of emphasis for CDS&E vary by program. Due Dates: Varies by Division

Front-End Engineering and Design Studies for Production of Critical Minerals and Materials from Coal-Based Resources (DE-FOA-000284): This award will invest appropriations of $32 million for Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) studies for two different sizes, intermediate-scale and demonstration-scale, of Rare Earth Element Facilities that demonstrate the extraction, separation, and refining from coal and coal by-products to high purity individual or binary rare earth metals and/or critical minerals and materials. Due: September 11, 2023

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program FY 2024 Phase I Release 1: The SBIR/STTR topics document has been issued in advance of the FY 2024 DOE SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 1 Funding Opportunity Announcement scheduled to be issued on August 7, 2023. The purpose of the early release of the topics is to allow applicants an opportunity to identify technology areas of interest and to begin formulating innovative responses and partnerships. LOI: August 28, 2023 | Full: October 10, 2023

(NOI) Advancing U.S. Solar Film (DE-FOA-0003060): The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) issued a notice of intent (NOI) to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) of up to $36 million for research, development, and demonstration projects on two major thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The FOA is expected to be restricted to for-profit lead applicants, and potential applicants are encouraged to form partnerships with academia, national laboratories, other industry members, supply chain partners, and equipment developers. Expected: September 2023

Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-Use Photovoltaics Incubator (DE-FOA-0003057): The Silicon Solar Manufacturing and Dual-use Photovoltaics Incubator funding opportunity will fund up to 12 projects to help establish a network of manufacturers across the domestic solar supply chain focused on polysilicon production, silicon ingots and wafers, solar cells, glass and other module components, and associated manufacturing equipment; (2) Fund projects that will aim to open new markets for the emerging dual-use PV sectors, in particular agrivoltaics, building-integrated PV, floating PV, and vehicle-integrated PV; (3) Create opportunities to develop domestically made products capable of expanding PV markets and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, through dual-use technologies. Concept Paper: September 27, 2023 | Full: November 14, 2023

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Supplements (NSF 23-601): An updated solicitation for the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites and Supplements Program is now available. Important changes are summarized at the beginning of the solicitation. Among other revisions, the student stipend amount and the generally expected maximum for total project costs (including other student costs) have been increased.

(NOI) Innovative Technologies to Eliminate Flaring from Oil & Natural Gas Production (DE-FOA-0003073): The objective of this FOA is to competitively solicit cost-shared research and development (R&D) proposals for pilot-scale field deployment and validation of efficient, cost-effective solutions ready for pre-commercialization that can eliminate flaring and non-safety related methane venting at the well site. Expected: July 2023

Solar for All (EPA-R-HQ-SFA-23-01): This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is for the $7 billion Solar for All competition. This competition will award up to 60 grants to states, territories, Tribal governments, municipalities, and eligible nonprofit recipients to expand the number of low-income and disadvantaged communities primed for distributed solar investment. Letter of Intent: July 31, 2023 | Full: September 26: 2023

 


JUNE 2023

Revolutionizing Ore to Steel to Impact Emissions (ROSIE) (DE-FOA-0003117): The ROSIE (Revolutionizing Ore to Steel to Impact Emissions) Program is a 3-year, $35 million program developing pathways to zero emissions ironmaking and ultra-low life cycle emissions for steelmaking. The program seeks to fund the development and demonstration of novel technologies that produce iron-based products from iron-containing ores and alternative feedstocks without process emissions in the ironmaking step. Concept Paper due: August 8, 2023

Revolutionizing Ore to Steel to Impact Emissions (ROSIE) SBIR/STTR (DE-FOA-0003118): The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs are Government-wide programs authorized under Section 9 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. § 638). The ROSIE (Revolutionizing Ore to Steel to Impact Emissions) Program is a 3-year, $35 million program developing pathways to zero emissions ironmaking and ultra-low life cycle emissions for steelmaking.  ARPA-E anticipates making approximately 10-15 awards under FOAs DE-FOA-0003117 and DE-FOA-0003118 (ROSIE SBIR/STTR). Concept Paper due: August 8, 2023

University Training and Research for Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (DE-FOA-0003002): This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit and award research and development grants to educate and train the next generation of engineers and scientists by supporting novel, early-stage research at U.S. colleges and universities. The UTR Program consists of two (2) sub-programs, including University Carbon Research (UCR) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU-MSI). Due: August 7, 2023

(NOI) Advancing U.S. Thin-Film Solar (DE-FOA-0003060): The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) issued a notice of intent (NOI) to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) of up to $36 million for research, development, and demonstration projects on two major thin-film photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The FOA is expected to be released in September 2023 and is expected to be restricted to for-profit lead applicants, although collaborations with universities, national laboratories, and other companies are encouraged.

FY 24 Distinguished Early Career Program (DE-FOA-0003043): The Distinguished Early Career Program (DECP) is the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) most prestigious award for the most innovative distinguished faculty members beginning their independent careers. The intent of the program is to provide stable support to those faculty to form the impactful research groups, innovative lines of inquiry, educational approaches, and critical new research directions that will drive the next generation of nuclear energy innovation. Due: September 7, 2023

FY 24 Phase II Continuation Consolidated Innovative Nuclear Research (DE-FOA-0003039): NE is seeking phase II continuation applications from U.S. universities to conduct nuclear energy-related research to help meet the objectives of the major NE funded research areas. The Phase II Continuation CINR FOA is focused on continuing promising research pathways by soliciting applications that directly complement and extend research that has previously been awarded through NEUP. LOI: July 12, 2023 | Full: November 14, 2023

Battery Research and Development Consortium (DE-FOA-0002965): This FOA seeks applications to address the recycling of consumer electronics batteries and battery-containing devices to support the establishment of a robust domestic critical material supply chain for EV batteries. Due: September 8, 2023

Consumer Electronics Battery Recycling, Reprocessing, and Battery Collection (DE-FOA-0002897): The Advanced Battery R&D Consortium funding opportunity will provide up to $60 million to convene major manufacturers of electric drive vehicles in the U.S., universities, National Laboratory partners, mineral and material suppliers, and other key battery stakeholders to address critical battery needs for the next phase of widescale EV commercialization. Concept: 08/17/2023 | Full: November 29, 2023

American-Made Solar Prize Round 7: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the launch of the American-Made Solar Prize Round 7—a $4 million prize program designed to spur innovations in U.S. solar hardware and software technologies. Due: September 27, 2023

Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy Technologies with Untapped Potential 2023 (SCALEUP 2023) (DOE-FOA-0003100): The Seeding Critical Advances for Leading Energy technologies with Untapped Potential 2023 (SCALEUP 2023) Funding Opportunity Announcement provides a vital mechanism for the support of innovative energy R&D that complements ARPA-E’s primary R&D focus on early-stage transformational energy technologies that still require proof-of-concept. Concept Paper Due: July 21, 2023

Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) Grant Program: As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $80 million in grant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for small- and medium-sized manufacturing firms (SMMs) to accelerate the adoption of recommendations made by DOE to improve energy efficiency to lower costs and reduce industrial emissions. Due: July 14, 2023

 


MAY 2023

(RFI) Facilitating a Domestic Critical Minerals Future: Carbon Ore, Rare Earths and Critical Minerals (CORE-CM) Initiative (DOE-FOA-0003075): The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek information from industry, investors, developers, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, tribal governments, potentially impacted communities, and other stakeholders on various questions regarding the regional assessment and development of critical mineral supply chains from unconventional and secondary feedstocks. Due: July 17, 2023

(RFI) Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Other Pollutants Associated with U.S. LNG Exports (DOE-FOA-0003052): DOE is requesting information on strategies and technologies that natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) companies are deploying, or could deploy, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollutants associated with natural gas delivered to a liquefaction facility, at liquefaction facilities, and during the loading, transport, and delivery of natural gas to a regasification facility. Due: June 26, 2023

Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) and Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) (NSF23-109): the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites interdisciplinary groups of Principal Investigators (PIs) to develop potentially transformative, convergent, fundamental research proposals in the area of clean energy technologies. Two kinds of proposals will be considered: Research Advanced by Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (RAISE) and Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER). RAISE and EAGER proposals require the submission of a Concept Outline that describes the research and how it will benefit clean energy technology. Concept Outlines – EAGER: June 14, 2023 | RAISE: July 12, 2023

FY 2023 Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement (DE-FOA-0002893): This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) seeks research projects to address priorities in the following areas: the cost-effective deployment of EV charging for those without easy home charging; innovative solutions to improve mobility options for underserved communities; community engagement to accelerate clean transportation options in underserved communities; batteries and electrification; materials technologies; mobility system supporting public transportation; advanced vehicle charging solutions, dimethyl ether engine for off-road applications, hydrogen combustion engines, to improve fuel economy and reduce GHG emissions with the goals of carbon pollution free electricity by 2035 and net-zero of GHG emissions by 2050. Concept Paper: June 26, 2023 | Full: August 11, 2023

WETO Offshore Wind 2023 Centers of Excellence (DE-FOA-0002954): The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wind Energy Technologies Office (WETO) has released a $4.75 million funding opportunity that will create one or more university-led Centers of Excellence to increase offshore wind expertise at U.S. universities; develop partnerships to address key offshore wind development challenges; and educate the next generation of offshore wind experts in the United States. Concept Paper: June 8, 2023 | Full: August 28, 2023

WPTO 2023 BIL U.S. Tidal Energy Advancement (DE-FOA-0002845): The U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) has released a $45 million funding opportunity to advance a comprehensive approach to tidal and current energy development in the United States. This funding opportunity represents DOE’s largest ever investment in marine energy and WPTO’s largest funding opportunity to date. It will encourage U.S. leadership in tidal and current energy development, while also meeting community energy priorities and developing the sector’s supply chain and workforce. Concept Paper:  June 5(T1)/July 13(T2), 2023 | Full: July 25(T1)/October 19(T2), 2023

Operation and Planning Tools for Inverter-Based Resource Management and Availability for Future Power Systems (OPTIMA) (DE-FOA-0003034): The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) has announced the Operation and Planning Tools for Inverter-Based Resource Management and Availability for Future Power Systems (OPTIMA) funding opportunity, which will award $30 million in funding for projects that address emerging challenges and opportunities for grid planning and operation engineers and technicians arising from the power system’s transition to variable renewable energy sources and inverter-based power electronic grid interfaces. Concept Paper:  June 5, 2023 | Full: August 15, 2023 

(NOI, RFI) Critical Materials Assessment  (DE-FOA-0003084): The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), a Request for Information (RFI) for Critical Materials Assessment. This RFI will seek public comment to improve the DOE Critical Materials Assessment including the methodology inclusive of the underlying data and assumptions, results, and draft list of critical materials. It is anticipated that the RFI may solicit public comment in the following Areas of Interest: Data and Information to Support Revision of the Assessment, Improvements to the Methodology. EERE’s intention is to issue this RFI on or about May 31, 2023.

NSF Partners with Sweden to Advance Research and Innovation: The U.S. National Science Foundation and Sweden signed a memorandum of understanding to advance research and innovation efforts aligned to each nation’s priorities and to collaborate on research that advances solutions to pressing societal, national and geostrategic challenges. The first cooperative research activity will be through NSF’s Convergence Accelerator, a program of the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, TIP, designed to bring multiple disciplines, diverse expertise and varied sectors together to develop tangible solutions to address complex societal and economic challenges. Swedish researchers and innovators will have the opportunity to submit proposals to lead or be a part of a multidisciplinary team for the Convergence Accelerator’s Track L: Real-World Chemical Sensing Applications. The program’s 2023 solicitation is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Small Innovative Projects in Solar: Concentrating Solar Power and Photovoltaic (DE-FOA-0002888): This funding opportunity will award $6.5 million for seedling R&D projects that focus on innovative and novel ideas in photovoltaics (PV) and concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and are riskier than research ideas based on established technologies. This funding opportunity is designed to streamline the application process to encourage applications from early-career researchers who have never applied or been selected for a SETO project award. In addition, applicants must submit a plan to broaden the participation of well-qualified members of underrepresented groups on their teams. These efforts will help to achieve the Biden administration’s goal to increase the diversity of those working in applied energy research fields. Due:  June 1, 2023

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program 2024-25 Competition Awards to Belgium: Fulbright U.S. Scholar Awards give opportunities to U.S. citizens to teach, research and carry out professional projects around the world. Through Fulbright awards, participants advance their professional and academic interests, promote mutual understanding, and collaborate with partners around the world. The following opportunities are open in Belgium in the 2024-25 competition: NATO Security Studies All Disciplines, Fulbright-Schuman Innovation Award, Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program. Note that what is listed is just part of what Fulbright has to offer: over 400 awards are available in more than 130 countries, many open to all disciplines.

 


APRIL 2023

Department of Energy Heat Pump Defense Production Act Program (DE-FOA-0002987): The main goal of this program is to ensure national security by accelerating the growth of domestic production capability of electric heat pumps to meet the anticipated increased demand for clean energy technologies as the economy transitions to net-zero emissions. The program will also aim to: Expand United States electric heat pump manufacturing to reduce the amount of energy needed in our buildings, leading to less reliance by the U.S. and allies on adversaries, such as Russia, for oil and gas; strengthen heat pump system, components, and material supply chains; create economic prosperity for communities, especially underserved communities, by ensuring access to federal resources; and Support the creation of good-paying jobs. Concept Paper: May 19, 2023 | Full:  August 1, 2023

National Science Foundation, MSI Program – Timing of Submissions Information: Please keep in mind that, like other core programs in ENG, Manufacturing Systems Integration (MSI) program at NSF does not have a deadline for proposal submission.
It is important to note however, that proposals submitted after May 31, 2023, are likely to be reviewed for consideration for funding in the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2023. Please keep these dates in mind when considering the timing of your submission and requested start dates.

Funding Opportunities at the DOE Office of Science for Early Career Scientists Webinar: Identifying funding opportunities can be difficult and challenging for early career scientists. Join us in this webinar to learn how funding opportunities at the DOE Office of Science for early career scientists are identified, applied for, granted, and managed. Invited speakers will first give an overview of funding opportunities at the DOE Office of Science, and then focus on funding opportunities for early career scientists. Questions from the audience as well as prepared questions will be addressed by the speakers.

Domestic Near Net Shape Manufacturing to Enable a Clean and Competitive Economy (DE-FOA-0003023): The intent of this FOA topic is to accelerate the development and commercialization of innovative manufacturing technologies to increase the competitiveness of the domestic Near Net Shape (NNS) manufacturing base and strengthen the clean energy manufacturing supply chains. The technical and economic viability of the proposed manufacturing technologies will be established by producing a full-scale component as part of the requirements. The component must be relevant to a clean energy manufacturing application with a weight over 10 tons (20,000 lbs.). Project teams are expected to represent multiple segments of the value/supply chain. Concept Paper: May 11, 2023 | Full:  June 23, 2023

Transitioning Tribal Colleges and Universities to Clean Energy (DE-FOA-0002978): Under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the DOE Office of Indian Energy is soliciting applications from Tribal Colleges and Universities for: (1) clean energy project and curriculum planning (Topic Area 1); and (2) clean energy technology and curriculum deployment (Topic Area 2). Due: July 27. 2023

Small Innovative Projects in Solar (SIPS) 2023 (DE-FOA-0002888): This annual funding opportunity will award $6.5 million for seedling R&D projects that focus on innovative and novel ideas in photovoltaics and concentrating solar-thermal power and are riskier than research ideas based on established technologies. The funding opportunity is designed to streamline the application process to encourage applications from early-career researchers who have never applied or been selected for a SETO project award. Due: June 1, 2023.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) (NSF 22-601): The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. Due: September 6, 2023

Office of Naval Research (ONR) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) Program (N00014-23-S-F005): This FOA is for STEM education programs and activities. As the capacity of the Department of the Navy (DON) Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with STEM education and outreach, ONR recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align education and outreach efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. Due: April 2, 2024

(FY) 2024 Young Investigator Program (YIP) (N00014-23-S-F004): The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving proposals for its Young Investigator Program (YIP). ONR’s Young Investigator Program seeks to identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their PhD or equivalent degree on or after 01 January 2016, and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research. Due: July 7, 2023

 


MARCH 2023

Science Foundations for Energy Earthshots (DE-FOA-0003003): The awards supported by this funding opportunity will bring together small teams focused on the crosscutting scientific challenges addressing multiple Energy Earthshots. Research will support basic science to seed innovations or to provide the scientific understanding to support existing technology development pathways for the needed portfolio of Energy Earthshot solutions. Due Dates – Pre-Application: April 25, 2023 | Full:  June 21, 2023

(NOI) Domestic Near Net Shape Manufacturing to Enable a Clean and Competitive Economy (DE-FOA-0003022): This FOA will impact a broad cross-section of the U.S. manufacturing sector including clean energy generation, transportation, industrial machinery, heavy equipment, and domestic infrastructure. EERE plans to issue the FOA in or around April 2023 via EERE Exchange.

FY23 Conversion Research and Developments (DE-FOA-0002946): The 2023 Conversion Research and Development (R&D) funding opportunity announcement addresses two specific technology pathways intended to develop improved technologies for generating clean syngas for upgrading to fuels as well as pathways for renewable chemical production. Each Topic Area seeks to reduce economic and technical risk, enabling BETO to help pave the way for industry to commercialize technologies that may reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hard to decarbonize sectors, such as aviation. Due Dates – Concept Paper: April 21, 2023 | Full:  June 16, 2023

Mid-scale Research Infrastructure-2 (Mid-scale RI-2) (NSF-23570): Mid-scale RI-2 is an NSF-wide competitive program that addresses scientific demand for research infrastructure in the $20 million -$100 million cost range for implementation. Due Dates – Letter of Intent: May 15, 2023 | Preliminary: June 20, 2023 | Full:  June 16, 2023

Breakthrough Energy Catalyst Funding: Breakthrough Energy Catalyst is a novel platform that funds and invests in project companies utilizing emerging climate technologies that reduce emissions. By investing in these opportunities, Catalyst seeks to accelerate the adoption of these technologies worldwide and reduce their Green Premiums. Catalyst both funds large demonstration projects and invests in first-of-a-kind projects that use key emerging climate technologies.

IDEO FY23 Multi-Topic FOA (DE-FOA-0002997): The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced a $156 million funding opportunity that will advance high impact applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the U.S. industrial sector. Due Dates – Concept Paper Due: April 17, 2023 | Full:  June 23, 2023

Quantum Testbed Pathfinder (DE-FOA-0003005): The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) announces its interest in receiving applications to improve our understanding of whether, when, and how quantum computing might advance the frontiers of computational science. Due Dates – Pre-application: March 31, 2023 | Full: May 3, 2023

Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students – INTERN (NSF-21-013): NSF will consider supplemental funding requests for up to an additional six months of graduate student support on active NSF grants. Due: April 15, 2023

(NOI) IEDO FY23 Multi-Topic FOA (DE-FOA-0002996): A funding opportunity announcement that will advance high impact applied research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the U.S. industrial sector. The FOA will drive innovation to develop the next-generation technologies required to decarbonize industry and move the U.S. towards a clean energy economy for all Americans.

(NOI) Upcoming Topics for the 2023 NSF’s Convergence Accelerator Solicitation (NSF-26-066): Topics to be included as tracks for the 2023 cohort in an upcoming NSF’s Convergence Accelerator funding opportunity requesting submissions. By issuing this DCL now, NSF intends to provide additional time prior to the release of the new funding opportunity for researchers, innovators, practitioners, educators, and other constituents to form multidisciplinary teams and consider proposal submission ideas addressing these topics.

CHIPS for America: The first funding opportunity seeks applications for projects to construct, expand or modernize commercial facilities for the production of leading-edge, current-generation and mature-node semiconductors. This includes both front-end wafer fabrication and back-end packaging. Due: Rolling, beginning March 31, 2023

 


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