EERE will accept only new applications under this FOA. EERE will not consider applications for renewals of existing EERE-funded awards through this FOA.
Multi-Topic FOA: In fiscal year 2019, AMO is issuing a multi-topic FOA that integrates identified research opportunities across AMO into a single funding opportunity. With this FOA, the AMO intends to fund high-impact, early to mid-stage research in the following topic areas (More detailed descriptions of each topic area can be found in Section I.B. below):
Topic 1: Innovations for the Manufacture of Advanced Materials
- Subtopic 1.1: Accelerate the Manufacturing Process Design and Development Cycle for Advanced Energy Conversion and Storage Materials
- Subtopic 1.2: Innovative Manufacturing Processes for Battery Energy Storage
- Subtopic 1.3: Materials and Manufacturing Process Development of Nanocrystalline Metal Alloys
- Subtopic 1.4: Process-Informed Science, Design, and Engineering of Materials and Devices Operating in Harsh Service Conditions
Topic 2: Lower Thermal Budget (LTB) Processes for Industrial Efficiency & Productivity
- Subtopic 2.1: Advances in Industrial and Process Drying
- Subtopic 2.2: Thermal Process Intensification
Topic 3: Connected, Flexible and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities and Energy Systems
- Subtopic 3.1: Medium-Voltage Power Conditioning Systems to Enable GridDispatchable and Resilient Manufacturing Facilities
- Subtopic 3.2: High Power to Heat Ratio, High Efficiency Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
- Subtopic 3.3: Verification and Validation of CHP and District Energy
EERE expects to make a total of approximately $88,840,000 of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making up to 55 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may be up to $500,000 for Tier 1 projects, and up to $4 million for Tier 2 projects, except for Tier 2 awards for Subtopic 1.2, which may be up to $12 million and Subtopic 2.2, which may be up to $10 million.
The applicants’ technologies may be at different levels of maturity; proposed funding levels and project durations should be commensurate with the workscope necessary to advance the technology to the proposed readiness level. Awards will be made at one of two funding levels:
- Tier 1 - up to $500,000 for up to 2 years - concept definition and proof of concept projects are limited to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 2 and TRL 3 activities.
- Tier 2 - up to $4,000,000 for up to 3 years (up to $12,000,000 for Subtopic 1.2 and up to $10,000,000 for Subtopic 2.2) – Tier 2 projects can include activities in Tier 1, but must also include scope to bring the technology to later stage TRLs.
For consideration investigators should email the following information to Stephanie Endy at email@example.com no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 4, 2019:
- Proposed Name, Title, Department, and School of the PI
- Proposed Title of Project
- DoE SubTopic number and name
Subtopics of interest to only one faculty member will be notified June 5, 2019.
Subtopics of interest to more than one faculty member will be contacted with a request for additional information on June 5, 2019. These subtopics will be cleared and faculty notified as quickly as possible, but no later than June 10, 2019.
Applications must be routed in Sparta for approval by June 17, 2019.
Required concept papers are due to the sponsor on June 20, 2019