DoE EERE FY20 Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic FOA (0002252)

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: With this FOA, the AMO intends to fund high-impact, early to mid-stage applied research in the following topic areas:

Topic 1: Efficiency Improvements in Advanced Manufacturing Processes

  • Subtopic 1.1: Innovative Iron and Steelmaking Processes
  • Subtopic 1.2: Enhanced Efficiency of Drying Processes
  • Subtopic 1.3: Machine Learning to Increase Efficiencies in the Manufacturing of Large-Scale, High-Rate Aerostructures
  • Subtopic 1.4: Integrated Additive Manufacturing Processes for Advanced Wind Blade Production
  • Subtopic 1.5: Reducing Cost of Production of Ceramic Matrix Composites Used in High Temperature Applications

Topic 2: Efficiency Improvements in Chemical Manufacturing

  • Subtopic 2.1: Advanced Chemical Manufacturing R&D
  • Subtopic 2.2: Dynamic Catalyst Science with Data Analytics

Topic 3: Connected, Flexible, and Efficient Manufacturing Facilities, Products, and Energy Systems

  • Subtopic 3.1: Integrating Carbon Capture and Utilization into Industrial Processes
  • Subtopic 3.2: Flexible CHP Demonstration in a District Energy System Integrated with a Renewably-Fueled Municipal Generating Station
Number of Applications
One for each sub-topic area
Amount of Funding

EERE expects to make a total of approximately $67 million of federal funding available for new awards under this FOA, subject to the availability of appropriated funds. EERE anticipates making up to 33 awards under this FOA. EERE may issue one, multiple, or no awards. Individual awards may vary, ranging between up to $1 million and up to $10 million, depending on sub-topic area.


Cost sharing is required:  All applications must include a letter from the Research Dean of their school or college committing to meet the cost share requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Cost Share Requirements for all Sub-Topics, Excluding Sub-Topic 3.2

The cost share must be at least 20% of the total allowable costs for research and development projects and must come from non-federal sources unless otherwise allowed by law. The 20% minimum cost share must be maintained throughout the project period, including the award’s initial budget period.

Submission Process

Step 1

For consideration investigators should email the following information to no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 15, 2020:

  • Proposed Name, Title, Department, and School of the PI
  • Proposed Title of Project
  • DoE SubTopic number and name
  • A brief description of the current state-of-the-art baseline technology (including its limitations), the proposed technology and the potential impact the new technolgy could have on the relevant field. 
  • A letter from the Research Dean of their school or college committing to meet the cost sharing requirements should the proposal be selected to move forward.
Step 2

Subtopics of interest to only one faculty member will be notified June 18, 2020.

Subtopics of interest to more than one faculty member will be contacted with a request for additional information on June 16, 2020.  These subtopics will be cleared and faculty notified as quickly as possible, but no later than June 18, 2020.

Step 3

Applications must be routed in Sparta for approval by June 22, 2020.

Step 4

Required concept papers are due to the sponsor on June 25, 2020.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
06/15/2020 06/17/2020 06/22/2020 06/25/2020 CLOSED